Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery
3309 Blue Water Rd
Traverse City, MI  49686

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Tasting Room Open June-Oct: Fri-Sat 11–7, Sun-Thurs 11–6; Nov–April: Call for Hours

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What to Buy

‘11 Estate Riesling
Spätlese style, stone fruit aromas, luscious finish $20

‘08 Estate Dry Ice
Dessert-style Riesling ice wine, tropical and stone fruit, velvet finish $75

'10 Cabernet Franc
Dark cherry & chocolate, limited production $45

Special Notes

Private tastings and tours by appt, scenic view, gift shop, owner on site, wine club discounts, guest accommodations


Located on the 19-mile long Old Mission Peninsula in Northern Michigan, Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery has been producing world-class wines for seven years. Founders Walter and Eileen Brys settled on the site—which rests on the same 45th parallel as Bordeaux, Piedmont, and the Willamette Valley—after visiting nearly every major wine region across the United States. Long known as “the cherry capital of the world,” the Traverse City area had all the conditions needed for growing vinifera wine grapes, and the lush land offered wine tourers a pure Michigan experience.

They discovered a former cherry orchard, 80 acres of land crying for work, an old farmhouse, and rundown outbuildings. All that could be saved were restored, including the enchanting 1890s farmhouse with a wrap-around veranda celebrating the views of Lake Michigan’s East Bay. A barn was transformed into a charming guest house, and work began on a brand new winery and tasting room. Even before its first wines were released in Traverse City, Michigan Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery 2005, the winery won its first honor: the 2003 Old Mission Peninsula Township Development Award.

Since then, the recognition has been focused on the wines. Brys Estate has already won more than 275 medals and acclaim in national and international wine competitions, including the Wine Literary Award in San Francisco for Best New Red Wine Discovery for its 2005 Cabernet Franc. Three more Brys Estate wines garnered medals at the prestigious 2010 International Wine & Spirits Competition in London, and the list goes on. Walter is quick to credit Winemaker Coenraad Stassen and notes, “These awards show that Michigan wines can compete on the world stage, and win.”

Those who visit are beguiled by the beautiful brick and mahogany tasting room, and the winery’s intimate vaulted barrel and cask rooms. Private tours and wine tastings can be arranged for special occasions. And for those not planning to visit the Old Mission Peninsula soon, a three-level wine club allows them to enjoy Brys wines wherever they are.

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery


Tasting Room: Yes

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: Yes

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: Yes

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No



Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery's Braised Pork Ribs, Sausage, & Beans over Polenta

Sausage, ribs and beans are braised in a rich tomato based sauce until moist and fork tender. Serve in large bowls over a bed of creamy polenta. A perfect dish for a cold winter's night next to a roaring fire. Enjoy!

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery's Curried Carrot Soup

This is a great soup to make after a day of raking leaves! With its delicious roasted vegetable flavors and hint of warm spice, this soup pairs perfectly with a glass of the Brys estate grown Riesling!

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery's Roasted Cauliflower Soup

This is a hearty yet healthy soup to warm up those cold winter days — and it couldn't be easier to make! Serve this as a perfect starter for a winter dinner or for lunch on a snowy day! This soup pairs beautifully with a good sized glass of the Brys Estate Vineyards & Winery Cab/Merlot blend.

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery's Bucatini Amatriciana

This is a fantastic pasta dish that will transport you directly to the heart of Italy! Bucatini is a pasta noodle that looks like spaghetti, however it's hollow in the center resulting in a long hollow tube that absorbs the sauce beautifully.

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery's Grilled Romaine with Michigan Sweet Corn

This is a great end-of-summer salad, when sweet corn and tomatoes are in full season. The smoky grill and fresh vegetable flavors go beautifully with the sweet tangy balsamic and salty Parmesan cheese.

Brys Estate Vineyards & Winery's Riesling Braised Chicken with Tarragon & Roasted Potatoes

Tender chicken slow-cooked in a rich sauce is served with roasted potatoes and a nice glass of Riesling.

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery's Israeli Couscous with Asparagus, Peas & Feta (With Panko Chicken)

Serve this with grilled shrimp splashed with fresh lemon juice, a Panko coated chicken breast (see additional recipe), or have it as a casual lunch with your favorite sandwich.