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Mari Vineyards

Villa Mari founder Marty Lagina made the (some would say) crazy choice to grow grapes that shouldn’t grow in Michigan, with the belief that he could produce world class wines that otherwise couldn’t be made here. So, true to his Italian heritage, he planted exotic varieties like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and others. Combined with a little creative grape growing and a lot of attention, today his dream has become a reality. Along with classic area grapes like Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Villa Mari Vineyards produces a wide variety of red wines unlike anything else produced in Michigan.

Our first vineyard was planted on Old Mission Peninsula over a hot and frantic weekend in 1999. With thousands of vines – including some of the more uncommon varieties mentioned above – waiting to be planted and either baking in the sun or soaking up too much water, things had to happen fast. Marty and family called in as much help as possible, but in the rush to get the vines planted mistakes were made. Roughly the first seven rows of the vineyard are made up of a random assortment of grape varieties, grabbed haphazardly from their soaking tanks and planted before we realized our mistake. To this day, we do not know exactly what vines are planted in these rows.

What seemed to be a disaster back in 1999 proved to be good fortune. 2006 marked the first official production of our flagship wine, named Row 7 in honor of the first seven mysterious rows in the vineyard and produced exclusively with grapes from that area. True to its origins, Row 7 was unlike anything else we had tried in Northern Michigan, with a flavor all its own.

Building on the success of our first vintage, Villa Mari now has over 20 acres of vineyards planted entirely on the Old Mission Peninsula, with more being added every year. Our wines are already available in Traverse City area stores and restaurants, and we have begun construction on a new tasting room near the base of the peninsula, which we anticipate will be completed in late Spring 2016. In the meantime, we invite you to explore our website and learn more about our truly unique and exciting Michigan wines!

Mari Vineyards
8175 Center Rd.
Traverse City, MI 49686
231-715-1013

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Thursday July 20th, 2017 - 1:33 pm

Mari Vineyards

Nothing is more enjoyable than sunshine, wine, and good music! Join us this afternoon from 4-6 to hear Sierra Cassidy play. Trust us, she's awesome.

Music at Mari: Sierra CassidyJul 20, 4:00pmMari VineyardsSierra Cassidy is a Michigan based singer-songwriter, currently living in Boston and writing acoustic funky pop tunes. Come listen to her from 4-6pm at the Mari Vineyards' tasting room. Her fabulous vocals pair perfectly with a glass of Mari wine! Check out more of her music: @[521311901297917:274:Sierra Cassidy Music]
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Monday July 17th, 2017 - 1:10 pm

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Mari's 2015 Scriptorium Dry Riesling (and the beautiful view from our tasting room) are featured in the latest issue of Falstaff magazine (Germany/Austria's equivalent of The Wine Spectator).

Our winemaker, Sean O'Keefe, traveled to Germany's Rheingau Region this May for the 2017 International Riesling Symposium where our wine was presented at a curated tasting of the world's top Rieslings.

Says Falstaff: "One of the most original dry wines ultimately came from Michigan in the USA. The Mari Scriptorium Riesling-Jamieson Vineyard intrigued us with its complex spices: Anise, fennel seed, iodine, and licorice." They go on to mention that the handcrafted Mari Riesling is proof positive that not all "New World" Rieslings are simplistic, manufactured wines!

See the original Falstaff article at: www.scribd.com/document/353533768/Fals-de-1705-Riesling-International-At#from_embed
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Maris 2015 Scriptorium Dry Riesling (and the beautiful view from our tasting room) are featured in the latest issue of Falstaff magazine (Germany/Austrias equivalent of The Wine Spectator). 

Our winemaker, Sean OKeefe, traveled to Germanys Rheingau Region this May for the 2017 International Riesling Symposium where our wine was presented at a curated tasting of the worlds top Rieslings. 

Says Falstaff: One of the most original dry wines ultimately came from Michigan in the USA. The Mari Scriptorium Riesling-Jamieson Vineyard intrigued us with its complex spices: Anise, fennel seed, iodine, and licorice. They go on to mention that the handcrafted Mari Riesling is proof positive that not all New World Rieslings are simplistic, manufactured wines!

See the original Falstaff article at: https://www.scribd.com/document/353533768/Fals-de-1705-Riesling-International-At#from_embed

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Congrats . Is it available to purchase?

Wow Beautiful scenery up there Y'all must be tickled plum pink

Awesome news! Congratulations to Sean and the entire Mari team!!

Great honor... hope I get a chance to taste it this weekend.

See y'all this Sunday!!! Have me Row 7 please!!!!

Well deserved! Congratulations

Very nice. Well done!

Congratulations. The picture is very beautiful.

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