These grapes, as with other Austrian varietals, thrive in cool climate regions. Blaufrankisch buds early in the spring, making it susceptible to frost, and ripens fairly late in the season. The vineyard plot in which these grapes are grown, Vineyard #15, belongs to Vinnie Johnson, retired professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons. Vinnie’s number was 15, inspiring the name for this vineyard! On the northern end of Old Mission Peninsula, Vineyard # 15 enjoys a beautiful eastern exposure gently sloping down toward East Grand Traverse Bay. The vineyard lies along bucolic Happy Hour Lane, suggesting the perfect time to enjoy this unique wine!
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