Traverse City Treasures: Winery Fun for Non-Drinkers

Soaps, soy and ice cream—actually all have something to do with wineries in Northern Michigan.

There’s a lot of wine-centric fun happening in Traverse City for the month of May, also known as Michigan Wine Month. But for the non-drinker and wine-lover alike, Traverse City Tourism’s Jenny Jenness has a few more Traverse City treasures she’s brought from the cherry capital.

And of course, the wine behind them.


Chateau Grand Traverse is a Michigan winery in the Old Mission Peninsula with a collection of vegan soaps made in small batches with natural ingredients and Chateau Grand Traverse wine.


These soy candles are hand-poured into recycled Riesling bottles at Bonobo Winery and have several scents available.

Ice cream

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery is once again partnering with Moomers Homemade Ice Cream this summer.

Brys Estate’s Secret Garden is 12 acres of lavender fields, perennial gardens, herbs and fruit, which it harvests to churn it into special Moomers flavors.

These are available at The Secret Garden, which is opening for the season this weekend.

And that’s just a taste of the wine fun happening throughout the region. If you head to, you’ll find all the details on ways to celebrate Michigan Wine Month with big discounts, too.

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