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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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Justin Leshinsky

Director of Sales 

Justin Leshinsky is Bowers Harbor Vineyard’s upbeat Director of Sales, and an undeniable asset to virtually every aspect of winery operation. A native of Southeast Michigan, Justin attended college there and worked in finance for 5 years before moving to the Traverse City area.

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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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Evan Oellerich

Farm Manager

Evan is new transplant to Michigan and a lover of all things outdoors. Evan moved here from Northern California where he worked as an assistant vineyard manager on a certified organic vineyard for three years. Before California he lived in Vermont and worked on both vineyards and organic farms, which is where he first became interested in wine grape production. Originally from Virginia, you can spot Evan any given day around the property with his dog Nala working on farm chores.

Alaina Dodds

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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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, is enjoying retirement by strolling around the 20-acre property at his lake house. He enjoys 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 is.


 

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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