Brewvine: First Harvest of the Season at Bonobo Winery

The changing fall colors means the wine makers at Bonobo Winery are hard at work bringing in the first harvest of the season.

For this week’s Brewvine, Whitney Amann and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson stopped by their tasting room to see what the grapes they’re harvesting now, will look like next spring.

“We always think of Traverse City being such a summer destination but actually, October is the busiest month for wineries and not necessarily during the week it’s usually on the weekend,” says owner and general manager Todd Oosterhouse. “So we really get crazy out of Friday and a Saturday just with the amount of people that are coming through and then if this weather maintains, it’s going to be beautiful.”

On top of the busy tasting room at Bonobo Winery, the wine makers are gearing up to harvest the first wave of fruit to make one popular style of wine.

“We do all our sparkling and traditional method,” he said.

The perfect example of their vibrant sparkling wines is their 2019 sparkling rosé.

“It is a dry style and with that, we have a combination of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier in there for the grapes and that’s going to give that expression,” said Oosterhouse.

You can order a glass of Bonobo’s still or sparkling wine while you enjoy the beautiful vineyard view.

You can also enhance you experience with a VIP wine pairing.

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