Located at the base of Leelanau Peninsula, just minutes from downtown Traverse City, Shady Lane Cellars is the historic estate that offers more than wine. The dream began in 1987 when a doctor from Grand Rapids decided to purchase a 100-year old fruit farm sitting on a hilltop in Suttons Bay, just 8 miles from Traverse City. The vision was to join the expanding number of thriving grape-growers in Northern Michigan and produce fine wine. The property had everything you could ask for to grow excellent cool-climate fruit: well-drained sandy soil, southern exposure, good air drainage, and proper altitude. Inspired by other like-minded growers who had pioneered vineyards in the region, the first 11 acres of vineyard was planted in 1989. In 1999, the renovation was completed on the tasting room, a 100-year- old fieldstone chicken coop transformed into an elegant tasting room trimmed in copper, Douglas Fir, Italian tile, and granite. In 2013, Shady Lane Cellars was purchased by Richard Fortune, who has brought a renewed excitement to Shady Lane Cellars. Today, Shady Lane Cellars is a boutique estate winery and vineyard driven by a passion for what they do. They balance their commitment to sustainable agriculture with a passion for delivering a high standard of quality that drives their craft. Winemaker Kasey Wierszba strives to produce wines that exhibit a profile of elegance and structure complimented by intensity of aroma and flavor.