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Grey Hare Inn
Vineyard Bed and Breakfast
P.O. Box 1535
Traverse City, MI 49685
Grey Hare Inn Vineyard Bed and Breakfast
~ Grapes U-Pick ~
Wines From French- American Hybrids
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Early varieties produced wines of marginal quality. However, continued breeding efforts employing superior vinifera varieties backcrossed to 1st and 2nd generation interspecific varieties or selections have resulted in a number of varieties capable of producing quality wines.
Baco Noir - has been part of the wine grape scene in Michigan for at least 40 years. The vine is vigorous and produces small tight clusters. Grapes ripen in midseason and produce a deeply pigmented red wine that has been described as "Rhone style" or "Beaujolais".
Chancellor - wine quality among the better of the French - American Hybrids.
Leon Millot - a wine with an unmistakable deep purple robe and a dense blackberry-like aroma. Even though it is a dry red wine, fermenting whole uncrushed Millot grapes preserves its deliciously straight forward juicy grape essence. Typically ripens in early September. Excellent with fowl, particularly turkey or coq au vin.
Marechal Foch - sister seedling of Leon Millot. The fruit is early ripening. Wines can be made in traditional varietal style but is evaluated more favorably when blended with a higher tannin grape or wine. Marechal Foch also has excellent potential for production of nouveau wines via carbonic maceration. Wines of a blush style have also been produced from grapes pressed at the time of crush.
Vidal - the white wines made can be quite versatile ranging from off dry Germanic style wines to dry barrel-fermented table wines.
Traminette - a cross of Joannes Syre 23.416 and Gerwurztraminer released in 1996. Wine quality is excellent, nearly identical to Gerwurztraminer.
Wine Grapes Available for Purchase
Reserve your selection now to be available from the 2016 harvests at the Grey Hare Inn, Vineyard Bed and Breakfast. 231-947-2214
Logistics: Place reservation for quantity of grapes desired. As soon as available quantities are determined orders will be filled in order received. In early fall an estimated harvest time will be given, then updated, and you will have a one week window to pick your grapes. Hand press, clippers available for your use. Other supplies can be provided with advance notice. Wine and cheese receptions will take place throughout harvest time.
Grey Hare Inn Harvest Stomp Events Purchase grapes from our vineyard, then stomp them with your feet in a wooden vat, press them and take the juice home with you at no additional charge above the $2 per lb for the grapes. Or organize the same activity as a party for a special occasion like a wedding rehearsal dinner, girls getaway, or corporate bonding with a minimum of 10 people to form your own private harvest stomp any time between mid August and early November. Price of $50 p/p includes tasting the wine made from the inns grapes at Peninsula Cellars, plus hors d'oeuvres. Must make advance reservations.