Great Lakes Wine Fest

Winery list continues to grow for Great Lakes Wine Fest

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April is Michigan Wine Month. So celebrate today by planning a trip to the Great Lakes Wine Fest, a celebration of Michigan wine, beer and food all at Michigan International Speedway.

Advance tickets to the Saturday, May 21 event are $25, and include $10 worth of tasting tokens.

And with 44 days until the second annual event, the list of participating wineries and wine vendors continues to grow, surpassing last year’s totals.

So far 25 of the state’s finest wineries have signed on to showcase and sell more than 100 varieties of wine including, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and others.

The list of award-winning wineries includes:

• B. Nektar Meadery of Ferndale, Mich.
• Black Star Farms of Traverse City, Mich.
• Bowers Harbor Vineyards of Traverse City, Mich.
• Burgdorf's Winery of Haslett, Mich.
• Chateau Aeronautique Winery of Jackson, Mich.
• Chateau Chantal of Traverse City, Mich.
• Chateau De Leelanau of Suttons Bay, Mich.
• Chateau Grand Traverse of Traverse City, Mich.
• Cherry Creek Old Schoolhouse Winery of Brooklyn, Mich.
• Circa Estate Winery of Lake Leelanau, Mich.
• DeAngelis Cantina del Vino of Ann Arbor, Mich.
• Fenn Valley Vineyards of Fennville, Mich.
• Good Harbor Vineyards of Lake Leelanau, Mich.
• J. Trees Cellars of Petersburg, Mich.
• Lawton Ridge Winery of Kalamazoo, Mich.
• Lemon Creek Winery of Berrien Springs, Mich.
• Lone Oak Vineyard Estate of Grass Lake, Mich.
• Mackinaw Trail Winery of Manistique, Mich.
• Peninsula Cellars of Traverse City, Mich.
• Pentamere Winery of Tecumseh, Mich.
• Sandhill Crane Vineyards of Jackson, Mich.
• Sleeping Bear Winery and Taste of Michigan Store of Albion, Mich.
• Spotted Dog Winery of Saline, Mich.
• St. Julian Wine Company of Paw Paw, Mich.
• Warner Vineyards of Paw Paw, Mich.
 
“We are really excited about the responses we’ve gotten from the wineries so far,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “Michigan wine is a celebration of this state, and word is spreading about how enjoyable last year’s Great Lakes Wine Fest was for our guests. Being able to taste fantastic wines from all over the state, getting personal service from the vintners and then having the option to purchase those wines in our retail store makes for a truly great event.”

Michigan breweries and food vendors will also be featured, making the Great Lakes Wine Festival a purely Michigan event, Curtis added.
Curtis notes the Great Lakes Wine Fest, with a unique focus on Michigan-based wineries and breweries, is a natural fit for the state. With 14,000 acres of vineyards and about 70 active wineries across the state of Michigan, the Great Lakes Wine Fest is perfectly and conveniently situated at MIS in the southeast corner of the state.

Guests may sample wines, beer and food from Michigan vendors, and buy favorite wines by the bottle or case. The festival’s on-site retail store will have select wines and beer available for purchase at the event.

In addition to wine and beer sampling, seminars covering wine, food and other topics of interest will be held throughout the venue. Live entertainment throughout the weekend will also be featured.

“No one should be intimidated by that perception of wine as a drink for the high-browed set,” Curtis added. “Once you taste some of these wonderful Michigan wines, there's really nothing else to worry about. This will be a fun and entertaining festival and something that we hope will be as popular and as robust as Michigan wines.”

Advance tickets for the Great Lakes Wine Fest are $25. Each ticket includes $10 worth of tasting tokens per day. Guests save $10 on advance tickets through May 20.

This event is for guests 21 and older.

Weekend camping is also available for $25 in the track’s MISCamping.com Graves Farm Campground.

Need an RV? A hassle-free camping option is available for the wine and brew fest at www.MIScamping.com.

Tickets and details are available at www.GreatLakesWineFest.com or by calling 800-354-1010. Also, please visit our Twitter feed @GLWineFest for information about the wine festival.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is a Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where race fans and sports fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the fun of NASCAR and the thrill of a great time for guests and drivers alike.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19 and NSCS 400 on August 21 are now on sale and as low as $30. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS.

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