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Bowers Harbor Vineyards

Linda Stegenga

Proprietor

Linda Stegenga is the proud co-owner of Bowers Harbor Vineyards along with her son Spencer. Linda’s devotion to her family, along with her unremitting energy and perseverance, have nurtured BHV from its modest beginnings as a small gentleman’s farm to the burgeoning winery it is today.

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Spencer Stegenga

Proprietor

Spencer Stegenga’s disarming friendliness might fool you into thinking he’s just another guy at the winery. In reality, Spencer is the proud co-owner of Bowers Harbor Vineyards along with his mom Linda, and his entrepreneurial drive has transformed the quiet gentleman’s farm into the thriving winery it is today.

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Kristy McClellan

Director of Operations
Tasting Room Manager

Kristy McClellan’s fun-loving, can-do attitude serves her well as Director of Operations at Bowers Harbor Vineyards. She loves people and she loves wine, a happy combination. If you visit the tasting room, you’re likely to hear Kristy’s infectious laugh and sense how readily her sunny personality reflects the spirit of Bowers Harbor Vineyards.

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Steve Schultz

Tasting Room and Group Specialist  

Happy Steve has been at BHV for 3+ years and comes from a long career in marketing services. He especially loves interacting with the people in this business and takes pride in events and group tastings. He thoroughly  enjoys the interactions with customers and ensuring that they leave delighted and have a great time. He is also a key player in working with our wine club to ensure that our members are happy. One of his favorite things about his job is learning about the agricultural side of the wine business.


 

Tom Petzold

Wine Specialist

Tom Petzold brings a depth of wine knowledge and a love of sharing it to the Bowers Harbor Vineyards staff. His ready smile and passion for wine make the tasting room experience both fun and educational. Tom is our Vineyard Tour Guide Specialist and grows grapes from his 10 Hands Vineyard for BHV.

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Connie Van Til

Assistant Tasting Room Manager

Connie Van Til hails from the Chicago area, where she grew up with parents who appreciated the leisurely enjoyment of good wine over a meal shared with family and friends.

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Bill Maier

Chief Financial Officer

Bill Maier was recently promoted from Wine Club Manager to Chief Financial Officer for Bowers Harbor Vineyards. Bill spent 25 years in the banking industry and has extensive experience in strategic planning, financial analysis, sales, budgeting, project management, and other activities focused on increasing market share and profitability. 

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Melissa Weber

Wine Club Manager

Melissa Weber moved to Traverse City in 2008 from Beal City, Mi. She studied Business Management and Marketing and has a passion for working with fun and energetic people. Melissa started work at Bowers Harbor in 2015 and her continued passion for people led her as a natural fit to the Wine Club. She loves all seasons in Traverse City with Winter being her most favorite, as she loves to ski, snowshoe and hiking in the snow!

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Alaina Leech

Marketing Manager, Digital and Retail 

Alaina's passion for connecting people and experiences is what drives her daily motivation as our Marketing Manager. She has a zest for life that comes across in everything she does and in all of the relationships she builds.

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Kevin Diels

Tasting Room and Tour Specialist

Kevin first discovered northern Michigan wines during an impromptu visit to Traverse City in the fall of 2002. He has been a big advocate of this area, and of Bowers Harbor Vineyards, ever since. In fact, he has been a member of the BHV Wine Club for years, and came on board as a staff member in 2014.

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Lindsay Miller

Spirit Cider Society Manager and Promotions 

Lindsay landed in Traverse City in 2016 after a suggestion from a friend. What started as another fun summer job turned into a passion and career path for this young spirit. Lindsay is now manager of our Spirit Cider Society and helps make sure everything runs smoothly in the tasting room.

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Linda Bennett 

Tasting Room Specialist 

Linda lasted one year as a fully retired teacher, and decided she needed something interesting to do! She and decided that working at a winery might be fun and educational. Linda has become a “jack-of-all-trades” and done nearly every task at the winery. Most times, though, Linda can be found behind the register with a warm smile on her face.

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Cheryl Stewart

Tasting Room Specialist 

It was a neighbor of Cheryl's who introduced her to Bowers Harbor Vineyards. She had gone wine-tasting one afternoon, had a wonderful experience at BHV, and learned that the tasting room was looking for help. The neighbor suggested that part-time work at a winery might just be a fun diversion! Ten years later, Cheryl is still enjoying her ever-changing role at BHV.

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Jane Damschroder

Tasting Room Specialist and Inventory Manager

Jane discovered Traverse City almost by accident. An avid reader, she noticed an article about the area in the Travel section of the Columbus Dispatch entitled “Grape White North”. That was on August 11th of 2002, when there were just 16 tasting rooms spread across Leelanau and Old Mission. It spurred the first of many visits to the area. Ten years later she became a full-time Traverse City resident, and in 2013 joined the BHV team.

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Winston 
 
Winston is our current vineyard dog! He is a lovable English Cream Golden Retriever. You'll most likely see him riding around in the golf cart with Spencer or laying beside anyone eating snacks. 
 
His red wine is 100% Zinfandel with flavors of fig, plum, and pepper. Being the class act that he is, he's donating a portion of the proceeds from his wine to the Cherryland Humane Society.

 

Cooper

Cooper was our second official tasting room mascot and greeter. Our laid back, fun loving Bernese Mountain dog enjoyed the special attention he received from our tasting room guests. His sweet white wine blend pairs well with Cooper’s favorite food, cheese!

Brix

Our Bernese Mountain Dog, enjoyed retirement by strolling around the 20-acre property at his lake house. He also loved belly rubs, chasing flies, and stealing samples of venison jerky. He was named after the way we test the ripeness of our grapes; the sugar content in the grapes are measured in degrees Brix. His wine, “Brix,” is bubbly and friendly, just like he was.

 

Otis

Otis, our Yellow Labrador Retriever, was the Vineyard’s official greeter. He would greet our tasting room guests with his tail wagging and his welcoming personality. His loyalty to us all made him worthy of his own wine label!

 

 
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