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Raftshol Vineyards

Raftshol Vineyards First a dairy enterprise, and then a cherry orchard, this farm now annually produces over 1000 cases of Bordeaux varietal red wines, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, and also produces fine Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer white wines. Brothers Warren and Curtis Raftshol began the latest incarnation of their family farm in 1985. They were the first vineyard in the area to grow commercial-sized plantings of red vinifera grapes, which most local growers believed would fail in our northern climate. Their gamble paid off, as they are still renowned for Raftshol Red, one of the first red wines made in Northern Michigan (produced by Peninsula Cellars of Old Mission). Other local vineyards have since followed the Raftshol's lead and are now growing red grapes.

Located 2-1/2 miles north of the village of Suttons Bay in Leelanau County or 1 mile south of Leelanau Sands Casino on Highway M-22.

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1865 North West Bay Shore Drive, Suttons Bay, MI, US, 49682 Email:
Phone: 231-271-5650 Web:
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  2002 Claret
Half and half Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc.Dark with good tannins and blackberry tones.
  2002 Pinot Noir Rose'
Light and fruity. Pairs well with salmon.
  Any Port in a Storm
A semi-sweet light port. Flavors resemble black cherry.
Full and soft with pear overtones.
  Dry Riesling
Light refreshing grapefruit flavors.
Dark and dense, with chewy tannins.
  Pinot Noir
Cherry-plum flavors with nice tannic grip. Our best ever.
  Raftshol Red
Our standard bearer. 2 parts Cabernet Franc, 1 part Merlot, 1 part Cabernet Sauvignon.
  Raftshol White
Blend of Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Vibrant fruit flavors with white pepper finish.
  Reserve Cabernet Franc
Anise and dark berries, hynotically fragrant
  Riesling Dessert Wine
Spicy and sweet. Serve with any dessert.


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