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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

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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Bill Maier

Chief Financial Officer 

Bill Maier is our Chief Financial Officer. 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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Lindsay Miller

Tasting Room Manager and Spirit Cider Society Manager

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 both Tasting Room Manager and manages our Spirit Cider Society.

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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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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 hike in the snow!

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Tyler Becker

Assistant Wine Club Manager

Tyler moved to the Traverse area in 2016 as part of a migration of family members and close friends that decided to finally pull the trigger and make the shift from visitors to full time residents of northern Michigan!

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Alaina Leech

Marketing Manager

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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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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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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Steve Schultz

Tasting Room and Group Specialist

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.


Todd Hubbell

Warehouse Specialist 

Todd Hubbell is an Old Mission peninsula native who manages the warehouses at BHV. He studied graphic arts at Northwestern Michigan College after high school and still dabbles in several artistic mediums including photography and drafting. 

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Tom Petzold

Wine Specialist and Vineyard Owner  

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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Claudine Petzold

Tasting Room Specialist and Vineyard Owner

Claudine moved to Traverse City from Washington DC in June 2007 after her husband and she formally retired from careers in the government and teaching.  A native of France, Claudine has lived in several European countries as well as various parts in the USA. Horticulture  has always been one of her interests, beginning when she worked on her family farm in France and during harvest in the Champagne and Alsace areas. 

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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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Linda Bennet

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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Winston

Winston is our current vineyard dog! He is a lovable English Cream 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.

Brix

Brix was our lovable Bernese Mountain Dog. He loved belly rubs, chasing flies, and stealing samples of venison jerky. His name, Brix, refers to the sugar level in the grapes, and important indicator of ripeness. His namesake wine, Brix, is bubbly and friendly, just like he was.

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. Cooper endeared himself to many of our guests by happily jumping into their vehicles as they were getting ready to depart. His sweet white wine blend pairs well with Cooper’s favorite food, cheese!

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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