Thursday, July 23, 2015

Peninsular Cellars a/k/a The Old Schoolhouse Winery - Maple Grove

A few weeks ago I went on a "wine trail" with friends up the Old Mission Peninsula just north of downtown Traverse City.  There's a series of 7 or so winerys within miles of each other, and its fun to shop stop at each one and try a sample of wine, take a tour, or check out the giftshop.  We had a beautiful day to enjoy the area!

One of my favorites was Peninsular Cellars a/k/a The Old Schoolhouse Winery.  The school is a former one-room schoolhouse built in 1896!

It's one the 'first' wineries that you come to when you are driving up the Old Mission Peninsula.  (the Old Mission Pensinula is the land in between the east bay and the west bay of traverse bay.  I don't know why it's called Old Mission Peninsula -- I'll have to research google that.

Erika and Dave looking at the sample list.

Peninsular Cellars has its own grapes growing on site that you can see.  There's also a cherry orchard across the street.

In 1998, the Kroupa family purchased the Maple Grove Schoolhouse.  After four years at the Old Mission General Store, the opportunity came to open a more visible location for the tasting room in the form of a historical one-room school house. After functioning as a private residence for several years, the Kroupa family purchased the property to transform the school house into their new tasting room.
Angie, Brian, Erica, Dave sample the local wine
Peninsula Cellars is a family run winery located on the Old Mission Peninsula, just north of Traverse City, Michigan. The region lies along the 45th parallel, halfway between the north pole and the equator. This gives the region its distinct micro-climate, that makes it perfect for growing high quality wine grapes.
More information about this winery can be found here: 
11480 Center Rd. Traverse City, MI 49686
Maple Grove School – Old Mission Peninsula (Traverse City)
HISTORY:  Senator George McManus was one of the most noted students to attend the Maple Grove School on the Old Mission Peninsula north of Traverse City. Built around 1896, the school was used until the early mid 1950s, when there was a consolidation with the Traverse City Public Schools. In the late 1990s, the schoolhouse was converted into the tasting room for Peninsula Cellars winery (one of seven wineries currently operating on the peninsula). Taking full advantage of its unique branding, Peninsula Cellars boasts several unique wines including School House Red, School House White, Detention and Homework.
Some history and further information about the area can be found here:
If you like Michigan one room school houses, here's a neat site: 
Have you visited Old Mission Peninsula?  

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