Old Mission Peninsula (AVA)
  Sign In
Subscribe to our newsletter
Bookmark and Share  

Old Mission Peninsula is the latest and coolest of Michigan’s four AVAs. Approved in 1987, this finger-like piece of land juts northward from Traverse City into Grand Traverse Bay, splitting the bay into a western and an eastern arm. The narrow peninsula is 19 miles long and just 3 miles across at its widest, with vineyards never far from the deep, cooling waters of Grand Traverse Bay. While the extreme "lake effect" keeps heat figures low, it also prevents temperatures from dropping too far, ensuring virtually frost-free conditions during the short 145-day growing season. In this chilly climate, suitable vine choices include cold-hardy clones of Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris, for whites, and Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Merlot for reds. Old Mission Peninsula’s cool conditions and slow ripening creates wines with crisp, fresh varietal character, as well as high-quality Traditional Method sparkling wine from the classic Champagne varieties.

Current Feature

In the southern Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Georgia vineyards are small and few, yet the establishment of the Upper Hiwassee Highlands could bring much more.  [>] continue

Appellation Features

[>] see all Old Mission Peninsula features (6)

Related Features



Blue Book Taste Profiles for the Old Mission Peninsula AVA

Pinot Blanc

Alive & Well here

Riesling: You are the matriarch, though your numerous offspring rarely match your noble nature. You teach us to  [>] continue


Eleanor & Ray Heald
are the Regional Correspondents for Old Mission Peninsula.


Quick Finds

Q: What are the most recognized grapes grown here?
Q: What wines are produced here?

The AppellationAmerica database identifies 101 wines labeled with the Old Mission Peninsula designation.

[>] see the complete Old Mission Peninsula Wine List.
Q: What wineries are based here ?
Q: What other wineries source fruit here ?
Q: What are the overlapping appellations ?

Search the Old Mission Peninsula Wine List

select wine style:
select grape:

Featured Wines

Chateau Chantal 2011 Pinot Grigio "The nose is citrus peel and juice -- orange, lime and lemon. And there's a minerality like you pick up off Perrier water.
buy wine $18.00

Chateau Chantal 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay - Estate Bright fruit flavors, brilliant acidity, and no oak usage yeilds a crisp feel in this Chardonnay. Enjoy this well balanced wine with pastas and cheese
buy wine $14.00

Buy Old Mission Peninsula wines
directly from these wineries


    Help us improve travel information to your favorite region...

Winery Sponsors

Winery sponsors of Appellation America’s coverage of the Old Mission Peninsula appellation.