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Raftshol Vineyards

28 September 2011 No Comment

The Raftshol Vineyards Story

Raftshol Vineyard produces over 1000 cases of Bordeaux varietal red wines every year. These types of wine include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. Raftshol Vineyard also produces a fine selection of Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer white wines.

Brothers Warren and Curtis Raftshol began the latest incarnation of their family farm in 1985. They were the first vineyard in the area to grow commercial-sized plantings of red vinifera grapes, which most local growers believed would fail in our northern climate. Their gamble paid off, as they are still renowned for Raftshol Red, one of the first red wines made in Northern Michigan (produced by Peninsula Cellars of Old Mission). Other local vineyards have since followed the Raftshol’s lead and are now growing red grapes.

A picture of the Raftshol’s mother Jean when she was twenty, graces the sign at the road. Because of Jean’s foresight in keeping the farm for her children, the Raftshol brothers are able to continue the long and honorable family tradition of earning a living from the land. The Raftshol Vineyards’ wine tasting room is open from noon until 5 p.m., seven days a week, year round.

Raftshol Vineyards
1865 N West Bay Shore
Suttons Bay


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