' Brys Estate - Old Mission Peninsula

Old Mission Peninsula

Old Mission Peninsula is home to Brys Estate, seven other wineries, six restaurants, a lighthouse, gourmet markets, bed & breakfasts, summer cottages, and spectacular vineyards, orchards, beaches and vistas. The peninsula extends northward from Traverse City into the crystal clear waters of the Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan, ending at the lighthouse at Old Mission Point. The Peninsula is 19 miles long and 3 miles wide at its widest point.

Recognized as an American Viticultural Area, Old Mission Peninsula AVA is known for its well regarded Michigan wine. The climate of the peninsula is moderated by the surrounding deep waters of the Grand Traverse Bay, with the West Bay reaching depths of over 400 feet and the East Bay reaching depths of over 600 feet. This deep water helps to prevent frost during the growing season, and keeps the air temperatures milder during the winter months.

The tip of Old Mission Peninsula is also located on the 45th parallel which is exactly half way between the equator and the north pole. Internationally recognized wine regions such as Bordeaux, France; Piedmont, Italy and the Willamette Valley in Oregon are all located along this same parallel. Cool climate varietals thrive in this region, such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.




Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula


Boathouse Restaurant
Jolly Pumpkin
Mission Table
Old Mission Tavern


Old Mission General Store
Peninsula Market

Accommodations / B&B's

Brys Estate Guest House
Chateau Chantal
Chateau Grand Traverse
Grey Hare Inn
Neahtawanta Inn
Old Mission Inn


Farmers Markets
Haserot Beach
Lighthouse Park
The Old Mission