We expect this harvest somewhere around 80% of the 2013 crop. Our vines were some of the best looking on the peninsula, although drosophila/bees/sour rot got to some of the vines. Bunches are large, berries range from tight to fleshy! Cheers!
As a commitment to preserving the environment, Bowers Harbor Vineyards recently invested in a solar energy system, installed by Harvest Energy Solutions.
When Spencer Stegenga, proprietor of Bowers Harbor Vineyards, looks to the future he wants the best for his sons and future generations. He has been diligent to do his part and willing to invest in environmentally friendly practices to protect the land and waterways around the family business. “We have been committed to the most environmentally friendly practices in our vineyards since we opened in 1991; we compost, recycle, carpool and create habitats for numerous creatures on our property” states Stegenga.
As Bowers Harbor Vineyards celebrates their 25th anniversary, they have taken their environmental practices up a level. Stegenga mentions, “The tasting room is now entirely powered by the new solar panels installed on the property. It was the logical next step to our commitment to green and friendly energy solutions here at Bowers Harbor Vineyards.”
Harvest Energy, a Michigan-based solar energy distributor, installed the 18kW rooftop system that supports the energy used in the tasting room. “We truly enjoy working with the fruit growers (and wineries) in Michigan to design a solar energy system that meets their needs,” said Mark Olinyk, President and CEO of Harvest Energy Solutions.
Bowers Harbor Vineyards is Environmentally Verified in both Farmstead Management and Crop and Soils by the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program. The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program is an innovative, proactive and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.
With all of the green efforts and the installation of the new solar panels, Bowers Harbor Vineyards is now able to provide a completely sustainable product, from grapes to glass.
The estate vineyards are meticulously cared for and their wines express both the sophistication and fun that is characteristic of everything with the BHV moniker. They operate their tasting room with standards of hospitality that are at the top in the industry, always maintaining a certain levity that reminds you that wine is supposed to be fun.
Amanda Danielson, Level III Advanced Sommelier
Prioprietress & Beveraage Director, Off The MAP Hospitality (Trattoria Stella & The Franklin)
Bowers Harbor Vineyard is one of my favorite local wine destinations. The tasting room at Bowers Harbor Vineyard is a traveler’s destination, a foodie’s delight, and a wine connoisseur’s haven.
Traveling from Traverse City to Bowers Harbor Vineyards, you’ll find yourself in a quiet realm with the Grand Traverse Bay’s brilliant blue water framing the peninsula. Your worries will soon be left behind.
I like to start with the 2896 Sparkling Rose wine while overlooking the vines and Bowers Harbor Bay, although the friendly staff can make your wine choice very easy. They might recommend a very reasonably priced wine flight or a wine and food pairing flight. All you have to do is sit back and relax.
For the more adventuresome travelers, a vineyard wine specialist can take you on a private tour and wine tasting. This is a great way to introduce yourself to the local history, the wine growing and insider’s look and tastes of some of the region’s finest limited release wines.
You can also attend one of Bowers Harbor Vineyards’ special events: Dining in the Vines. This experience is a four-course gourmet food and wine event among the vines catered by their close neighbors, The Boathouse Restaurant. This is a unique event you don’t want to miss, because of its delicious wine and food pairings in a beautiful atmosphere.
Take the short drive up Old Mission Peninsula, enjoy the stunning views, let the friendly staff lead you on a pleasant wine journey, and enjoy Bowers Harbor Vineyards. We locals certainly do!
Sommelier and General Manager
The Boathouse Restaurant
Traverse City, MI
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The holidays bring a festive atmosphere ready to celebrate with Michigan’s finest wines. The folks at the eight distinctive Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula have put together some suggestions for wine pairings with your favorite holiday dishes to help you celebrate the season!
For a crisp, Granny Smith apple flavor that pairs well with holiday spices and finishes with a tinge of sweetness, go for the 2014 Bowers Harbor Vineyards Riesling Medium Dry. This bright wine bounces off the spices, and cuts through the richness of many holiday dishes, allowing the taste of both of the food and wine to come through. The sweeter finish offers a cool down, proving this Riesling to be the perfect complement to hot dishes.
Bowers Harbor Vineyards' own proprietor, Spencer Stegenga, is trying to strengthen Michigan's clean energy commitment. In a letter sent to Representative Larry Inman, Representative Aric Nesbitt and Senator Mike Nofs, Spencer and fellow northern Michigan business owners, Marie Dalese (Chateau Chantal) and Justin Rashid (American Spoon Foods, Inc.), spoke about the importance of the clean energy movement in Michigan.
Here is an excerpt:
If clean renewable energy goals disappear, so will the progress Michigan businesses have made. Through energy efficiency, businesses are saving money on their utility bills, meaning they can create jobs, expand and continue to invest in our state. And for families, energy efficiency means we get to keep more of our hard-earned money.
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