Springing Forward: A Seasonal Update From The Farm

By Olivia Kiel, Suttons Bay Tasting Room Representative

Our clocks are set forward and we are welcoming longer, sunnier days with high spirits. After a lingering snowy winter, we are ready to invite you (and warmer weather) onto our estate for an adventure that most of us can agree is overdue. We’ve elected to focus on a few of our seasonal changes across the property to help you decide what experiences you’ll add to your next visit.

Hearth and Vine Café

Opening days for the café will be Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, 12pm-8pm.   Beginning Memorial Day weekend they open seven days a week; Monday-Friday 12pm-8pm, Saturday 11am-8pm and Sunday 10am-2pm.

Summer Nights on the Patio

View all of our special events on our calendar.

Chef cooking paella in a large paella pan on the patio at the Hearth and Vine Cafe.
Person carrying a bowl with shrimp, potatoes, corn, lemon and parsley.

Other Culinary Events

Weekend Dinners at the Inn continue through April.

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Inn, May 12.

Our Harvest Dinner Series, including Vineyard Dining, will begin for the season with Morels in May on Friday the 17th .

Tasting Rooms

May brings longer operating hours to our Traverse City area tasting rooms, Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sundays 11am-5pm.

In celebration of Michigan Wine Month we will be offering special Vertical Tastings at our Suttons Bay Tasting Room featuring two of our signature grapes, Riesling and Pinot Noir.  Get more info and purchase tickets here.

Expect some exciting developments at Suttons Bay as summer progresses like Summer Evenings on The Terrace Patio, from 6pm-8pm on Fridays and Saturdays enjoy wines by the glass and specialty cocktails! 

Our patio is the perfect place to relax and soak in the the beautiful views of the farm. Here is a special sneak peek of one of our new cocktail offerings featuring our products.

Black Star Farms Manhattan

1/2 oz Sirius Red Dessert Wine, 50% reduction

2 oz Spirit of Apple Brandy

dash of Angostura bitters

1 small bar spoon maple syrup

cherry garnish

stirred & served over ice

Manhattan cocktail made with our apple brandy and Sirius Red Dessert Wine.
Photo of Michigan pure maple syrup.

Group Tasting

What better way is there to enjoy the wine trails than with your family and friends?  If your group will be six or more people please contact out Retail Sales Manager Chris Lopez at [email protected] to schedule.  Note, due to the high traffic we have during this time we cannot guarantee that your group will be able to taste together.  We ask you to please practice safe wine tasting, have a designated driver or book one of the many shuttle companies operating in the Traverse City area.

The Inn at Black Star Farms

Speaking of accommodations, our “Big Red House” is open all year, though the summer and fall months do book up fast!  With 10 lavishly appointed rooms, our Inn will surely help you relax during your next Up North getaway.  May is Michigan Wine Month, and we are inviting you to celebrate with the Traverse City Uncorked Package.  With any booking during the month, for an additional $18 you will receive a package of our house made granola, a Traverse City logo water bottle, $30 gift certificate (for merchandise, excludes tasting) and a voucher for one pour for two people at each Traverse Wine Coast winery.  Use promo code UNCORKED19 when booking online.  Pair all the things you love about Black Star Farms with our Ultimate Experience Package, May 15-17.  This immersive experience includes a two night escape in our luxurious Inn, a gourmet cooking demonstration, a guided property tour, a comprehensive wine tasting, plus a three course, wine-paired dinner presented by our chef.

Winery Update

Our vines triumphed over winter dormancy and we are anxious to see new growth.  Pruning has begun in our estate vineyard and with the combination of extended sunlight and warmer temperatures we should see bud break in late April or early May.  We won’t see fruit development for some time, but we are excited for a little green after a rough winter. It’s these little victories that make the strenuous work of viticulture and winemaking come full circle.

Help us welcome the longer, warmer days by visiting us soon! We look forward to showing you all the exciting things Black Star Farms has to offer in the approaching season.

Don’t forget about our scenic trail system open to the public year-round. With three different loops, you are sure to find one that will highlight some of our property’s most picturesque corners.

People hiking our trails at Black Star Farms Suttons Bay.

About the Writer: Olivia Kiel

As a Tasting Room Representative and the new blogger for Black Star Farms, I get the opportunity to write and learn about wine (two of my favorite things!) every day. I’ve worked at both Traverse City area tasting rooms and developed a passion for everything Black Star Farms by working alongside the company’s best and pouring its finest wines. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University where I studied Writing and Business and have been a Northern Michigan resident for about three years. When I’m not at work, you’ll likely find me with a good book, enjoying the outdoors, or at a local winery tasting something new and exciting.

Photo of Olivia Kiel Black Star Farms Blog writer and Old Mission tasting room manager.