We invite you to experience Black Star Farms Suttons Bay in its glorious winter splendor!  Explore our easy to moderate trails then warm up with a glass of mulled wine and a hearty bowl of chili on our Terrace Patio.  Round out your excursion with a tasting featuring our award winning wines, ciders and spirits.  We encourage you to bring the whole family, hot chocolate will also be available.  This is your chance to take in the woods, orchards and vineyards on our iconic estate while beautifully blanketed in snow.  We will be offering this fun adventurous event through winter, weather permitting. No reservations needed, just stop by between 12 and 4!

  • Onsite snowshoe rentals will be available Saturdays and Sundays 12 PM – 4 PM beginning January 7th
  • Special holiday dates!  The week of December 26th through December 31st  12 PM-4 PM
  • Snowshoe rental – $15, snowshoes must be returned by 5 PM
  • Chili with the fixings – $6
  • Mulled wine – $5
  • Hot Chocolate – $2
  • Wine tasting – $7

 

Despite the thaw, we still have snow in Leelanau County. Come for some fun!

Have your own snowshoes (or skis)?  You are welcome to explore our beautiful trail system anytime!

Chili provided by our very own Hearth & Vine Cafe.

Snowshoe rentals brought to you by Grand Traverse Bike Tours.  Check out all the adventures they offer here.

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SUTTONS BAY — The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV), Black Star Farms and Groundwork Center brought together industry and community leaders to outline the success and potential of solar energy in Michigan at Black Star Farms earlier today with hopes more businesses would follow the lead of clean, renewable energy options. Currently, state lawmakers are discussing the future of Michigan’s energy policy, and there is a dire need for renewable energy options to be included in that future. The presentation was followed by a tour of the solar panels built in the vineyard.

“What we can see at Black Star Farms is a business that has continued to function with profit and success while also nurturing and protecting the environment surrounding it,” said Eric Keller, Northern Michigan Regional Coordinator with Michigan LCV. “In Lansing, the benefits of renewables need to be involved in every conversation so we don’t leave our state in the past while leaving our future to unknown dangers, both to the environment and our communities.”

Director of Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Black Star Farms, Michael Lahti, shared how their 53kW solar panel array was made possible through state and local programs including: REAP Grants, PACE Finance, Michigan Saves and Accelerated Depreciation.

“It was an honor to host so many clean energy professionals, along with elected officials, members of the media and the public, to showcase how sustainable energy solutions such as solar, high efficiency HVAC systems, and LED technology have transformed Black Star Farms,” said Lahti. “Environmental responsibility is a high priority for all of us in Northern Michigan, and we feel our region is a perfect place to implement renewable energy options.”

Dan Worth, Clean Energy Policy Specialist of the Groundwork Center, provided resources and updates on solar energy in northern Michigan, Tony Anderson, Director of Cherryland Electric Co-Op, discussed Cherryland solar resources and policies for businesses, and Cory Connolly, Clean Energy Project Manager for Lean and Green Michigan, discussed PACE financing for large solar projects.

“Groundwork is thrilled to partner with Michigan LCV and Black Star Farms to highlight the hard work that Black Star Farms has done to go solar,” said Worth. “Through events like this and our Shines Program, we are excited to work with local businesses and residents to connect them to the resources they need to go solar themselves.”

Join us for the grand reopening celebration of the new Hearth & Vine Cafe at Black Star Farms Suttons Bay on Saturday, May 21st from 12 pm to 8 pm. See the wonderful changes inside and the newly expanded patio. Enjoy 50% off food all day from our new seasonal menu. Treat yourself to one of our delicious craft cocktails or award-winning wines, check out the full drink menu here. Also new this year, howlers of Black Star Farms Hard Cider to go!

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With their continued dedication in offering consistently exceptional experiences, our events team is excited to bring you a fresh and educational take on the wine paired dinner.  Due to the overwhelming success of the first dinner, we invite you to join us for an encore presentation of this special culinary and nutritional event on February 12th at 6:30 PM at the Inn at Black Star Farms. Kathryn Ayres, a local dietitian and licensed nutritionist, uncovers the science behind the French’s ability to have a diet high in saturated fat yet maintain one of the lowest rates of heart disease in the world.  The evening will include a presentation that explains how to benefit from including wine and foods such as brie cheese in the diet. This will be followed by a three course wine paired dinner that parallels the presentation. Gain insight into living a healthier life while enjoying the wonderful wines and farmstead cuisine of Black Star Farms!  For more information on Kathryn Ayres MA, RD, LD/N visit her website Meals for Medicine.

Seats are limited so order your tickets today at My North Tickets.

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The team that turned a 120-acre equestrian facility into a renowned agricultural destination south of Suttons Bay has announced an ownership transition. Don Coe, who with partner Kerm Campbell turned Sport Valley Farm into Black Star Farms and created a world-class winery, bed & breakfast operation and agri-tourism destination, is retiring. Kerm and wife Sallie Campbell have bought out partners Don and Marylou Coe to take full ownership of the 17-year-old operation.  “I am 75 years old,” says Coe. “I made a promise to my wife – it’s time for us now. It is time to retire.”

Campbell, the farm’s major grape grower/supplier, assures that guests will experience business as usual.   “We have assembled a top-notch team who will continue providing guests with the most remarkable experience … Our family is looking forward to providing more great experiences in 2016 and beyond,” says Campbell.

Coe has a long history of promoting Michigan’s agricultural industry, serving two terms on the Michigan Commission of Agriculture & Rural Development, including a stint as chair. He received the Milliken Distinguished Leadership Award from the Michigan Land Use Institute in 2012 for his work in advocating for farming and the importance of an agricultural economy.

 

Kick off the first Friday of each month at TASTES of Black Star Farms! Stop by and partake in our “Savor the Tastes & Flavors” experiential events. Learn first-hand about selected wines and spirits and their complementary food choices. Wine and appetizers provided at each event, $5 per person and $10 per couple.

June 6th – Fermentation, Distillation and Fortification

Are you curious about how alcohol beverages are produced? Expand your knowledge on the different processes and production procedures for wines, distilled spirits and more. Food pairing will be announced closer to the event.

Call 231-944-1349 for information.

The long days of harvest are over; the color tour & wedding season have come to a close leaving the farm in a state of tranquility. The sublime winter beauty is combined with the daily happenings in the wineries, vineyards and inn creating a true sense of place that is special to both new and return guests.

Enjoy our newest video and discover the quiet nature of winter at Black Star Farms.

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As autumn arrives in NW Michigan we hope for the usual warm days and cool nights to ripen the grapes to perfection.  We never know just what Mother Nature has in store, and that’s the exciting part.  By the end of September the palette changes to all shades of gold, red and ocher, the leaf peepers arrive to take in our glorious landscape, and the grape harvest begins. 

October is our busiest month at Black Star Farms.  Wine making is in full swing with long hours for our winery teams.  The Inn is full of guests lucky enough to have booked their color tour early.  All three tasting rooms are teeming with folks stocking up for the long winter ahead.  Hearth & Vine is open for the last month of their season, still serving up delicious farm-raised fare.  And it’s harvest time for our farm animals, too, who have provided such enjoyment for our visitors all summer.  This is the cycle of life at the Farm.

Come November things quiet down, but we’re still here, year ‘round, and hoping that you’ll make a visit during one of the “off” times when we have more time to spend. 

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“Promoting Stewardship and Protecting the Environment…”

The farm in Suttons Bay and the Montana Rusa vineyard on Old Mission Peninsula (adjacent to our tasting room) are proud to be verified in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP).  This is a voluntary program that helps our farm and the one of our vineyard owner (on Old Mission Peninsula) prevent and minimize any agricultural pollution risks.

MAEAP is a holistic approach to environmental protection. Farms, orchards and vineyards are verified in many different systems. Those applicable to Black Star Farms and our grape growers include Farmstead and Cropping. These pertain to the management of farm infastructure, site conditions and evaluation of vineyard management practices.  A complete description of the program and systems is available from the MAEAP site.  Or if you prefer the condensed version take a look at our infographic below.

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We salute the Michigan farms and vineyards that are verified. Six of those include our neighboring Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula vineyards that were recognized in a ceremony with Governor Rick Snyder this afternoon. The photo below shows winemaker Lee Lutes and vineyard owner Bob Mampe with their MAEAP plaque.