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Bowers Harbor Vineyards

Frequently Asked Questions!

An important message regarding the coronavirus 

Bowers Harbor Vineyards is currently open Sun - Thurs from 11 am - 6 pm and Fri - Sat from 11 am - 7 pm for outdoor seating, wines by the glass, and wine flights, as well as curbside service for bottle and growler sales. Our indoor Tasting Room is currently closed to guests and we are not doing wine tastings at this time. For curbside, please call (231) 223 - 7632 to place your order and we will have it ready for you when you arrive. 

CLICK HERE to book your 50-minute table reservation. *Please keep in mind that all of our outdoor table reservations are weather depending as we cannot guarantee a dry seat if it rains. 

We have been working hard on training our staff on the "new normal", making sure we have adequate tables and spacing, following the state-mandated guidelines, etc., to ensure that this is not only an enjoyable experience for you and our staff, but that safety remains our top priority. Please be patient with us as we navigate our re-open plan.

We are so excited to see your smiling faces (like SO EXCITED!)! 

A Few Housekeeping Details:

  • We are operating at 50% capacity or less with seating by reservation only.
  • You will be greeted by a host/hostess at our flowered walkway at your reservation time. If you arrive early, please wait in your car, and if you are late, your reservation time will be shorter. 
  • No cash sales.
  • No more than 6 people at a table (groups of 7+ will be split up).
  • We will not be offering tastings, private tastings, private tours, walking tours, or food service at this time. Guests are not permitted to bring outside food or beverages on site.
  • All seating is 100% outside.
  • No guests will be permitted in the tasting room.
  • Outside restrooms will be available for guests.
  • Separate entrance and exit to the pavilion.
  • All BHV staff will be wearing face masks.
  • Guests must be wearing a face mask when placing & receiving orders and walking to your table but you do not have to wear it at your table.
  • We have staff dedicated to cleaning and sanitizing.
  • All tables will be set at least 6-feet apart, and guests will not be allowed to move tables.
Do you allow dogs on your property?

Yes! Friendly dogs are allowed on our patio and outdoors. We offer flights of wine (five 1.5 oz. pours of wine) to take outside for you to enjoy at your leisure; they range from $18-28 per flight. We offer all our wines and hard ciders by the glass, ranging from $6-$15 per glass. And we offer cheese and cracker type snacks to enjoy outdoors as well. We sell dog treats, stuffed dogs, dog wine stoppers, dog cork cages, and wines with dogs on the label, too. We love dogs!

How much is your wine tasting?

Wine & Hard Cider Tasting:

Only $7 to try 5 wines and hard ciders and includes your souvenir wine glass!

Groups of 8 - 29 (Reservations Required):

$7 per person for 5 samples of wine and includes your souvenir wine glass! Call 231-223-7615 or email info@bowersharbor.com to set up your group tasting.

Groups of 30 or more (Reservations Required):

$12 per person for 5 samples of wine and includes your souvenir wine glass! Call 231-223-7615 or email info@bowersharbor.com to set up your group tasting. *Must be prepaid

Private Tasting Group Package (Reservations Required):

$15 per person for 5 samples of wine, souvenir wine glass, and served with cheese & crackers, gourmet mustard & pretzels, gourmet local salsa & tortilla chips. Call 231-223-7615 or email to set up your group tasting.

Do you provide guest transport?

No, we do not  provide transportation to and from our tasting room, however, we work closely with the tour and bus companies in our area. Traverse City Tourism offers a list of wine tour & transportation companies - ranging from fully-hosted educational wine tours to limousine service to local cabs. Just be sure to call these companies ahead so appropriate accommodations can be made. 

What are your hours?

May 1-October 31

Sunday -Thursday 11:00am-6:00pm
Friday & Saturday 11:00am-7:00pm
November 1- April 30
Sunday-Thursday 11:00am-5:00pm
Friday & Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm

Holiday Hours

Easter Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm
Christmas Eve 11:00am-3:00pm
New Year’s Eve 11:00am-5:00pm
New Year’s Day 12:00pm-4:00pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Do I get a free tasting if I bring back my glass?

Our tastings are $7 on each visit and you get to keep your tasting glass. But our friendly and knowledgeable staff will make it worth every penny!

Do you have a wine club?

Yes! Wine Club Members receive complimentary tasting and a glass of wine upon each visit, as well as discounts on wine and hard cider all year long. For more information about our club click HERE.

Can I bring my kids?

Yes of course! We are a family friendly facility. We have a number of non-alcoholic beverage options, and even some coloring books and small toys.

Can we bring our own food?

If you are looking to bring your own lunch for a picnic at our vineyard, please call 231-223-7615 or email ahead to plan to make any arrangements.

Do you have food that we can enjoy?

We have small snacks available for purchase including cheese, crackers, dips, salami, mustard, pretzels, salsa and chips.

Do you offer any tours?

The focus here at Bowers Harbor Vineyards is on the vines. (Our wine production is done off-premise.) We offer some very informative vineyard tours. Click HERE for more information about our Vineyard Tour options.

Are you connected to the Bowers Harbor Inn?

We are not, we are a separate business. Bowers Harbor Inn is still the same beautiful estate in the same location, now renamed Mission Table. The casual pub-style restaurant in the rear of the estate, formerly The Bowery, is now called The Jolly Pumpkin.

Are you a part of Bowers Harbor Marina?

No, the marina is a separate business. For information on that, click here.

Where are your dogs?

Spencer has two English Cream Retrievers, one of which follows Spencer wherever he goes, so if you’re lucky enough you may see Winston wandering the grounds when you are in!

Where can I find your wines?

We distribute to many wine stores, grocery stores, and restaurants statewide. Check out our retail locations HERE

Do you ship out of state?

Yes, we currently ship to California, Colorado, DC, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin, and Washington. *If your state is not listed, please email Melissa to get a quote to ship through PakMail (PakMail cannot ship to NH, ND, UT, SD, MS, AL, VT & KY).

What flavor ciders do you have?

Our cider flavors rotate throughout the year, and include 7-Apple, Cherry-Apple, Peach-Apple, Blackberry-Apple, Blueberry-Apple, Cranberry-Apple, Mango-Apple, Raspberry-Apple, Pineapple-Apple. These are available in half-gallon growlers and 16-oz. Pints.  Three of our flavors are available in wine bottles, and can be shipped: Cherry-Apple, Peach-Apple, and Blueberry-Apple.

Do you sell non-alcoholic beverages?

Yes, we have a sparkling raspberry juice available by the glass and bottle, Northwood soda products, as well as a Keurig coffee.

Do we have to make reservations to taste?

We require reservations for groups of 8 or more. Any less than that do not need to call ahead.

Do we have to prepay for groups?

We require pre-payment for groups of 30 or more.

Are your wines/ciders gluten free?

Yes, all our beverages are gluten free.

When is Dining in the Vines?

Our Dining in the Vines events occur in the summer between May-September. Visit www.dininginthevines.com for more information and updated dates.

What type of wines do you have?

We have a large variety of wines including dry and demi-sec sparkling, dry to sweet whites, dessert and port style wines, a variety of red wines, cherry wines, and hard cider. Our top varietals include Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Click HERE for our most current menu. 

Are you open in the winter?

Yes, we are open in the winter.

November 1- April 30 our hours are:
Sunday - Thursday 11:00am-5:00pm
Friday - Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm

The only days we are closed are Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Do you host weddings?

Unfortunately, we are unable to hosts weddings on our property.

Can we take photos?

Of course! Please tag us on Social Media when you post them!

Can you do custom label wines?

Yes, we can make custom labels, but we do require a one-case minimum.  Click HERE for more information.

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