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Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 11:00 AM


Celebrate the Riesling Varietal! The region is known for producing top notch Riesling grapes, so come experience some of the best Rieslings that Northern Michigan has to offer. Each participating winery will showcase a Riesling, served in a souvenir wine glass and perfectly paired with a food offering. As an extra bonus, guests will enjoy at least 10% off all Riesling wine purchases at participating wineries throughout the event. A limited number of commemorative glasses are available.

 
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Walter and Eileen Brys, proprietors of Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan, planted the first of 40,000 vines in 2001 and opened the doors of their tasting room in 2005. Their 40-acre vineyard is part of the 80 acres that makes up Brys Estate.

The farm originally harvested cherries and apples, was historically successful, and was locally known to have good produce even when other area farms were suffering. The farm was active until the 1970's when all the fruit trees were removed. The land sat dormant until 2000 when the Brys family planted a cover crop to enrich the soils before the first planting of the vinifera grape vines in 2001. The Brys family is the third owner in the history of the farm since the late 1890's.