In honor of Michigan Wine Month, we are sharing our experiences at some of our favorite Michigan Wineries. One of the first Michigan Wineries I ever stepped foot in was the 2 Lads Winery, located on the Old Mission Peninsula of Traverse City. I was there years ago for a bachelorette party, and was privileged enough to enjoy a private wine tasting and tour from one of the 2 Lads, Cornel Oliver. His knowledge, passion, and history with wine was very impressive. I think I remember him mentioning that he attended a school not to be mentioned in Ohio, but after many more years of study and travel, he came to Michigan because of his interest in ice wines.
Cornel and Chris (the other lad), partnered up to form what is now 2 Lads Winery, complete with 22 acres of sustainable vineyards, and a 10,500 sf bottling and tasting facility. The 2 Lads Winery has got to be one of the most beautiful wineries in all of Michigan, and maybe even beyond. It has stunning views of Lake Michigan, rolling hills, and a modern styled tasting room with floor to ceiling windows. When I take friends up to visit Michigan wine country, 2 Lads is always on my tour.
The building and views are not the only things that are impressive about 2 Lads, their wine is some of the best I’ve had from Michigan. Chris and Cornel have mastered a style of wine that is both dry and sweet at the same time. Pleasing the palette’s of both old and new wine drinkers. I often get asked for recommendations for Michigan wine, and I can always feel good about anything from 2 Lads, as I honestly don’t think I’ve ever tried anything I don’t like from them. My only gripe about their wine is that I wish I could find more of it without driving all the way to Traverse City! The Produce Station in Ann Arbor has been known to carry it from time to time.
With amazing wine, a beautiful tasting room, and stunning views, 2 Lads Winery is not to be missed! Make sure you stop in if you haven’t before, and give a shout out to Chris and Cornel from Drink Michigan!