Black Star Farms

Black Star Farms A unique wine and culinary destination in northwest Michigan featuring wineries/tasting rooms, a luxury inn, seasonal farm-to-table cafe, hiking trail, and more.

Visit our website for information, locations and hours. The original Black Star Farms tasting room is located 13 miles from downtown Traverse City on the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula. The gorgeous 160-acre estate also features a winery, destination Inn, Hearth & Vine Café, unique event venues, an equestrian facility, and hiking trails. In addition to multiple tasting bars, wine can also be enjoyed

Visit our website for information, locations and hours. The original Black Star Farms tasting room is located 13 miles from downtown Traverse City on the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula. The gorgeous 160-acre estate also features a winery, destination Inn, Hearth & Vine Café, unique event venues, an equestrian facility, and hiking trails. In addition to multiple tasting bars, wine can also be enjoyed

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As much as we love sharing our knowledge and teaching others about wine, we also LOVE to learn! This Wine Wednesday, BSF...
09/09/2021

As much as we love sharing our knowledge and teaching others about wine, we also LOVE to learn!

This Wine Wednesday, BSF wants to hear from YOU! What is one of your favorite facts you’ve discovered in your wine journey?

Or how about sharing one of your favorite wines, wineries, or wine regions and what makes it unique or special to you!

👇 We can’t wait to hear from you in the comments!👇

As much as we love sharing our knowledge and teaching others about wine, we also LOVE to learn!

This Wine Wednesday, BSF wants to hear from YOU! What is one of your favorite facts you’ve discovered in your wine journey?

Or how about sharing one of your favorite wines, wineries, or wine regions and what makes it unique or special to you!

👇 We can’t wait to hear from you in the comments!👇

09/07/2021

Do you love the culinary industry, but hate the late hours? Come join the team at one of Northern Michigan’s premier wine and culinary destinations!

We have a Breakfast Chef positions available for the Inn at Black Star Farms. If you're an early riser this is the job for you! Your day may start at or before 6:00 AM, but your shift will end by 2:00 PM so you can look forward to having plenty of time in your day to enjoy time with friends and family. Employee benefits include health and dental, vision and company match retirement plan.

09/07/2021

Join the team at USA Today's Best Wine Country Hotel!

Seeking professional individuals with outstanding attention to detail. Full and part-time positions available immediately. Must be able to work weekends. Employee benefits include health and dental, vision and company match retirement plan.

09/07/2021

Join the team at one of Northern Michigan's premier wine and culinary destinations.

Seasonal position, must be able to work evenings and weekends. Serving experience preferred. Employee benefits include company-wide discounts.

Happy Wine Wednesday y’all! The nets are going up on the vines which means we are getting closer to harvest - whoohoo!!I...
09/01/2021

Happy Wine Wednesday y’all! The nets are going up on the vines which means we are getting closer to harvest - whoohoo!!

If you’re wondering what the nets are for, you’re not the only one. We are often asked what purpose they serve so let’s find out today!

Now that the grapes have begun veraison (ripening), they are in danger from all sorts of creatures that view them as a tasty treat. In order to protect the grapes from becoming a feast for the animals, we cover them in nets and use propane cannons to ward off any hungry critters.

The words “propane cannon” may sound scary, but fear not! If you’ve ever visited the wineries around this time of year, you may have heard a loud bang or two periodically go off in the vineyards - that is the sound of a propane cannon! They produce a loud noise to deter birds and other animals from eating our fruit.

The use of nets and propane cannons is a well established agricultural practice and a humane way to save our grapes while not harming any animals!

Another surprise opening at our Inn this weekend! We have 3 rooms available this Friday-Sunday - Capella, Vega, and Rige...
08/31/2021

Another surprise opening at our Inn this weekend! We have 3 rooms available this Friday-Sunday - Capella, Vega, and Rigel.

Can you believe it’s almost Labor Day weekend? This is a great chance to stay with us before summer ends!

These will book FAST so hurry and head to our website for your chance to grab a room before they’re gone!

https://www.blackstarfarms.com/inn/

08/31/2021

Seeking a reliable individual with exceptional attention to detail to work in a team environment. Part-time or full-time opportunities. Full time includes health and dental benefits.

Hey BSF Fans! Looking for a last minute weekend getaway? You’re in luck! 2 rooms are now open for tonight and 1 for tomo...
08/27/2021

Hey BSF Fans! Looking for a last minute weekend getaway? You’re in luck! 2 rooms are now open for tonight and 1 for tomorrow at the Inn. Call 231-944-1251 to snag one!

Hey BSF Fans! Looking for a last minute weekend getaway? You’re in luck! 2 rooms are now open for tonight and 1 for tomorrow at the Inn. Call 231-944-1251 to snag one!

Our tasting room manager Emily had a wonderful time last night at Lake District Wine Co. Around the World Riesling Event...
08/27/2021

Our tasting room manager Emily had a wonderful time last night at Lake District Wine Co. Around the World Riesling Event! It was an honor to have our 2019 Dry Riesling included in this comparative tasting. Thank you for inviting us to participate, it was a blast!

If you’re not already, be sure to follow Lake District Wine Co. on Instagram and Facebook! On top of these educational tasting events they host on Thursdays, LDWC offers free tastings of select wines on Saturdays, with more exciting things to come in the future. You don’t want to miss out!

It’s International Dog Day and what better way to celebrate it than snuggling up to your 🐶 with a glass of 🍷? For your v...
08/26/2021

It’s International Dog Day and what better way to celebrate it than snuggling up to your 🐶 with a glass of 🍷?

For your viewing pleasure, here are some pictures of BSF’s unofficial furry mascot Korra the corgi enjoying the life of a vineyard pup!

😍 We absolutely love seeing your fur babies so be sure to tag us if you’re celebrating International Dog Day today!

Better yet, stop on by for a glass or flight on our patio and bring your pup with you! Open until 6:00 pm everyday 🥂🐾

On Wednesdays we drink pink - pink wine that is 😉 We’re talking Rosé people! Although Rosé may have long been thought of...
08/25/2021

On Wednesdays we drink pink - pink wine that is 😉 We’re talking Rosé people!

Although Rosé may have long been thought of as sweet and cheap (did someone say Franzia?👀), we’re here to tell you that’s only a fraction of the truth.

The beloved pink wine has really soared in popularity in the last 5 years, and for good reason! While Rosé can be and is still produced as a sweet wine, dry style Rosé is now the most common style made around the world.

The flavor profile of Rosé can range widely depending on a number of factors like grape variety, vineyard location, and more, but primary flavors generally include red fruit 🍓🍒🍎, melon 🍈🍉, citrus 🍋🍊, along with herbaceous (green) 🫑 and floral 🌹🌸 notes.

There are 3 main ways to make Rosé, with the most common method being the Maceration Method. Unlike red wines that can ferment for weeks on the grape skins, the red grapes used to produce Rosé are left to macerate in the juice for a shorter period of time, somewhere between 2-20 hours. Once the wine reaches the perfect pink hue, the winemaker will remove the red grape skins from the juice.

On top of the various still versions of Rosé, you can also find a number of delectable sparkling Rosé wines that range from dry to sweet as well 🍾 Who says wine has to be boring? Cheers to your Wednesday being as fun and delightful as a glass full of pink bubbles!

08/24/2021

Are you passionate about wine? Would you like to work for one of Michigan’s most awarded wineries? We are currently looking to fill two Cellar Assistant positions, one each at our Old Mission and Suttons Bay locations. These positions are full-time, year-round, and include duties related to all aspects of wine production, processing, and packaging. Experience in the wine industry or related industries is preferred. The harvest period will require significant amounts of paid overtime—compensation based on experience and knowledge of the related field, with promotional opportunities possible. Must be 21 years of age.

08/19/2021

We have opportunities for talented, enthusiastic, hard-working people at our Old Mission and Suttons Bay tasting rooms. Hospitality experience preferred, but not necessary. Must be available weekends and some holidays.

Part-time and full-time positions available through November. Must be 18 years old or older to apply. Wine service experience not necessary, we will train! Current TR Attendants are averaging $20-$22+/ hour. Employee benefits include company-wide discounts.

Black Star Farms takes the health and safety of our employees and guests seriously. We are committed to reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and have established strict safety protocols in order to maintain a healthy workplace.

Black Star Farms is an equal opportunity employer.

Happy Wine Wednesday friends! Since it’s National Pinot Noir Day, we thought it would only be fitting to revisit our pre...
08/18/2021

Happy Wine Wednesday friends! Since it’s National Pinot Noir Day, we thought it would only be fitting to revisit our previous Wine Wednesday post about this popular grape.

How have you been celebrating Pinot Noir day? Let us know in the comments! Cheers 🍷

Happy Wine Wednesday friends - Let’s talk Pinot Noir!

First, where is it from? All indications point to Burgundy, France as the location of origin for Pinot Noir, however, it is now produced all over of the globe. Pinot Noir is a rather delicate grape and typically prefers climates with long, cool growing seasons - no wonder it grows so well in Michigan!

Pinot Noir is one of the oldest wine grapes in human history, and can be dated as far back as the first century!

Not only is it one of the most popular wine grapes in the world, Pinot Noir is also one of the most versatile.

What do we mean by this? Well, as we all know Pinot Noir can be made into a red wine, but it can also be used to produce Rosé, sparkling wines, and even a white wine (to learn a little more about white Pinot Noir aka Pinot Noir Blanc, check out our previous post about this wine style - link in bio).

Pinot Noir is also very prone to mutation, which is how we have come to enjoy the ever-popular Pinot Gris/Grigio and slightly lesser-known Pinot Blanc (We’ll dive into that more in the next Wine Wednesday post).

We could go on and on about Pinot Noir, but in the interest of time and a character-limit, we’ll recommend some awesome wine information sources if you would like to learn more!

Check out these accounts: Wine Folly, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Decanter, WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust)

A little rain won’t ruin our Sunday Funday!For those of you wondering, the live music concert being hosted on our Hearth...
08/08/2021

A little rain won’t ruin our Sunday Funday!

For those of you wondering, the live music concert being hosted on our Hearth & Vine Café patio is still happening at 2 PM today!

Be sure to wear your rain gear and bring umbrellas just in case!

A reminder that wines by the glass will be offered, but the Hearth & Vine Café will be closed. You are welcome to bring your own picnic (no outside alcohol allowed).

Available seating will be limited so we encourage you to bring your own chairs or blankets to enjoy from the lawn.

A little rain won’t ruin our Sunday Funday!

For those of you wondering, the live music concert being hosted on our Hearth & Vine Café patio is still happening at 2 PM today!

Be sure to wear your rain gear and bring umbrellas just in case!

A reminder that wines by the glass will be offered, but the Hearth & Vine Café will be closed. You are welcome to bring your own picnic (no outside alcohol allowed).

Available seating will be limited so we encourage you to bring your own chairs or blankets to enjoy from the lawn.

Great article from MLive.com about the Traverse Wine Coast! Did you know that Black Star Farms has a hiking trail at our...
08/06/2021

Great article from MLive.com about the Traverse Wine Coast!

Did you know that Black Star Farms has a hiking trail at our Suttons Bay location on the Leelanau Peninsula? Work up a sweat on the trail and then stop in the tasting room for a glass of wine or a wine flight to cool down and relax!

And don't forget to check out Grand Traverse Bike Tours and Suttons Bay Bikes, if you haven't already!

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Great article from MLive.com about the Traverse Wine Coast!

Did you know that Black Star Farms has a hiking trail at our Suttons Bay location on the Leelanau Peninsula? Work up a sweat on the trail and then stop in the tasting room for a glass of wine or a wine flight to cool down and relax!

And don't forget to check out Grand Traverse Bike Tours and Suttons Bay Bikes, if you haven't already!

https://www.mlive.com/sponsor-content/?scid=163831&prx_t=8dgGACQROANMILA

Happy Wine Wednesday! Today’s lesson is about learning the difference between “Vintage” and “Non-Vintage” wines!Vintage ...
08/04/2021

Happy Wine Wednesday! Today’s lesson is about learning the difference between “Vintage” and “Non-Vintage” wines!

Vintage = The year in which the grapes were harvested. The vintage is listed on the bottle if the grapes came from a single harvest year.
Pic 1: 2020 Semi-Dry Riesling - all of the grapes in this bottle were harvested in 2020

Non-Vintage = Non-vintage wine is made by blending the grapes’ juice from multiple harvest years together. If there is no year listed on the bottle label, it is a non-vintage wine.
Pic 2: Vintner’s Select Pinot Noir - all the grapes used to make this wine are Pinot Noir grapes, but they were harvested different years.

Some of you may now be wondering “Okay, but is a non-vintage wine the same thing as a blended wine?” The answer is - Yes and No!

Wines can be both a blend and non-vintage ~or~ a vintage blend! The term “blend” means the wine has been made from more than one variety of grapes. Blends will not have a specific grape variety listed on the bottle label because there were multiple varieties used to make the wine.

Vintage Blend = This is a wine that has different grape varieties blended together, however, even though there are multiple different grapes, those grapes were all harvested the same year.
Pic 3: 2017 Isidor’s Choice Terrace Red - this wine is a blend of 4 different grape varieties, but all of the grapes were harvested the same year, in this case 2017

Non-Vintage Blend = This is a wine that is a blend of different grape varieties and different harvest years.
Pic 4: Red House Rosé - this wine is blended with 4 different grapes, but the grapes were not harvested the same year, hence no vintage being listed on the label

HAPPENING TOMORROW!We are excited to announce that we will be hosting live music tomorrow, Sunday 8/1 at 2 PM at our Sut...
07/31/2021

HAPPENING TOMORROW!

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting live music tomorrow, Sunday 8/1 at 2 PM at our Suttons Bay tasting room location! Stop by to see Triad play on the patio of the Hearth & Vine Café.

Limited seating will be available so we encourage you to bring your own chairs or blankets to enjoy from the lawn. Wines by the glass will be offered, but the Hearth & Vine Café will be closed. You are welcome to bring your own picnic (no outside alcohol allowed).

Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
Traverse Wine Coast
Interlochen Public Radio

HAPPENING TOMORROW!

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting live music tomorrow, Sunday 8/1 at 2 PM at our Suttons Bay tasting room location! Stop by to see Triad play on the patio of the Hearth & Vine Café.

Limited seating will be available so we encourage you to bring your own chairs or blankets to enjoy from the lawn. Wines by the glass will be offered, but the Hearth & Vine Café will be closed. You are welcome to bring your own picnic (no outside alcohol allowed).

Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
Traverse Wine Coast
Interlochen Public Radio

What’s our favorite day of the week? Wine Wednesday of course! Today, let’s learn a little more about Pinot Blanc. As me...
07/28/2021

What’s our favorite day of the week? Wine Wednesday of course! Today, let’s learn a little more about Pinot Blanc.

As mentioned in previous Wine Wednesday posts, Pinot Blanc is a mutation of Pinot Noir and so it’s location of origin is believed to be France’s Burgundy region. It came to prominence in the Alsace region of France where it is now one of the four most common grapes grown there.

Just like Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc has some color in its grape skins which can pigment the resulting wine and add more texture and weight to the overall mouthfeel of the wine. Pinot Blanc is considered a white wine grape, but the grape’s skin color can range from a yellowish gold, to green, and even possess a rosy-pink hue.

Pinot Blanc, depending on the style, vintage, and region it hails from, can exhibit a range of fruit notes such as apple, pear, citrus and stone fruit, along with other characteristics, such as minerality and notes of almond.

Like Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc also has an Italian counterpart - Pinot Bianco. And similar to the differences in styles between Pinot Gris vs Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc (French style) tends to be slightly fuller-bodied and richer than Pinot Bianco (Italian style) which tends to express a lighter and more crisp mouthfeel.

It’s also fairly popular in Germany and Austria where it is known as Weissburgunder. Similar to Pinot Bianco, Weissburgunder is made in a lighter, fresher style with more pronounced acidity.

Similar to its sisters Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc can be quite versatile. This grape can be used to make still and sparkling wines that range from dry to dessert sweet (ever heard of Trockenbeerenauslese?), oaked and unoaked. Unfortunately, Pinot Blanc is still rather unknown in the states, but we hope that this grape eventually gains the popularity it rightly deserves.

Endless thanks to our amazing fans - we are honored and blessed by your continued support! Our Inn has once again been n...
07/27/2021
Vote - Inn at Black Star Farms - Best Wine Country Hotel Nominee: 2021 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards

Endless thanks to our amazing fans - we are honored and blessed by your continued support! Our Inn has once again been nominated for Best Wine Country Hotel by USA TODAY 10Best and we would love your votes! You can cast them daily and from all devices, through August 2nd. Help us get to #1 again!

https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-wine-country-hotel-2021/inn-at-black-star-farms-suttons-bay-mich/

Inn at Black Star Farms: Vote for your favorite wine country hotel in the USA!!

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10844 E Revold Rd
Traverse City, MI
49682

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Monday 11am - 6pm
Tuesday 11am - 6pm
Wednesday 11am - 6pm
Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
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Black Star Farms is a unique wine & culinary destination with two locations in the Traverse City area. The iconic 160 acre winery estate on the Leelanau Peninsula features vineyards, an award winning winery and tasting room, a luxury Inn, a farm-to-table cafe, an equestrian facility, and hiking trails. Black Star Farms Old Mission is nestled among the scenic rolling hills of M-37, just a few miles from downtown Traverse City on the Old Mission Peninsula. It features vineyards, a state-of-the-art processing facility that includes our white wine production and distillation program, and a warm and friendly tasting room with a beautiful bar constructed of wine barrels. Our winery and distillery produce some of the most sought after and awarded Michigan wines and spirits. Our luxurious Inn is the perfect place to celebrate life's special moments or to host special events including weddings, corporate retreats, and holiday parties. Enjoy culinary offerings including cooking classes, elegant monthly Harvest Dinners, or casual, fresh farmstead fare at the Hearth & Vine Cafe, all located on our Suttons Bay site To try our wines, visit one of our two Traverse City area tasting rooms, or visit our online wine store on our website.

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My husband knows me well! I love this wine! Merry Christmas to me!
Since we couldn’t do the #womp Mac & Cheese tour this year, Libby and I did our own - couldn’t do it without the Bubbly Noveau. Cheers to everyone at Black Star and the whole wine trail!
My husband and I went to Black Star Farms during a vacation several years back and we bought a couple of bottles of wine to take home. Well fast forward to last we, we made a first time online order and it was quick shipping. Not only that but they included a sweet photopgraphic thank you note. We also received free shipping and no tax due to buying 6 bottles. Our total was only $96.00 and they included 3 bottles of Pinot for free. We love our vino so we will be returning customers. We have already spread the word to our Florida friends!!
Enjoying our last bottle from our anniversary trip to TC! We had this with our anniversary dinner at the Boathouse Restaurant, and had to swing by to grab a few bottles to bring home! Will need to make another trip soon!
Thank you!
Are your e-gift cards redeemable for wine purchases online?
When will your winery be open?
Just took advantage of the free shipping offer to order some favorites from Black Star Farms. Thank you!
We toasted the completion of our new home with a 2013 bottle of Acapella Ice Wine! Still awesome. Saved this bottle for a special occasion!! Sorry for the lack of class on the wine cooler!!
Thanks for being open for pickup today. Wine is so essential!
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