The story of Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery began when Walt and Eileen Brys decided to purchase an 1890’s homestead in the Old Mission Peninsula of Michigan to build their dream winery, which was inspired by a trip to Napa in 1975. Originally planted with cherries and apples, the 91 acre estate had a history of producing fruit even during the harshest of times and to this day the terroir of this breathtaking property is producing delicious fruit. The Brys Family continues to honor the tradition of the homestead, not only by their grape growing endeavor, but with what they call the Secret Garden which consists of 6,000 lavender plants, herbs, flowers and strawberry and blueberry patches.
June 15, 2019
June 06, 2019
Last fall we visited the Leelanau Peninsula of Michigan and left convinced that it is a wine destination that needs to be taken seriously. This spring we committed to embark on another road trip to the area but this time we decided to expand our horizons and visit both the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas. During the trip it was amazing to see how many similarities are between these two AVA’s and Napa and Sonoma. Yes, Napa and Sonoma are bigger and more established, but Michigan has a thriving wine country in their backyard and we believe it’s worth the visit.
May 30, 2019
Breathtaking views, first class hospitality and exciting wines welcomed us to the Old Mission Península of Michigan a couple of weeks ago when we visited Mari Vineyards and the Peninsula for the first time. This stunning Italian inspired winery sits on top of a hill overlooking the crystal clear blue waters of the Grand Traverse Bay. Mari Vineyards is the vision of Marty Lagina, a former engineer and energy business pioneer now turned treasure hunter as you can witness by watching the tv show The Curse of Oak Island.
May 01, 2019
As you might know, Harvest season in wine country is a combination of pure excitement and organized chaos. There is not much time for anything, but to make sure that the grapes are being picked at their prime and that they make it unharmed to the winery as soon as possible. We love the energy in wine country during this time of the year, but as you can imagine it’s a hard time to catch up with the winemakers and the winery owners. Fortunately, for us we had an amazing surprise when Ariel Angelini, Casa Petrini’s Winemaker, decided to guide us through a tasting of their just harvested Chardonnay.