Four Leelanau wineries among Michigan's top producers

Wine Harvest by Andy McfarlaneYesterday’s Traverse City Record-Eagle reported that Leelanau Wine Cellars of Omena was the Michigan winery #1 for in-state sales in 2006, selling almost 686,000 liters (up 45% from 2005). The previous #1, St. Julian of Paw Paw is likely still the top producer in Michigan due to extensive out-of-state sales.

“We’ve really been going through a lot of dramatic growth over the past five years,” said Bob Jacobsen, owner of Leelanau Wine Cellars, where officials are getting ready to open a new processing facility in an old cherry plant north of Omena. “We’re really at the volume we’re at much faster than I anticipated.”

Other Leelanau wineries in the top 10 of Michigan sales were Black Star Farms, Good Harbor Vineyards and L. Mawby Vineyards. Chateau Grand Traverse and Chateau Chantal on Old Mission also made the top 10.

Read Region boasts six of state’s top 10 wineries in the Record-Eagle.

Photo: Wine Harvest II by Andy McFarlane.