Last evening Michigan Meetings + Events Magazine held their ‘ 2017 readers’ Choice awards at the Traverse City Opera House. Black Star Farms walked away with 2 distinguished awards, Best Michigan Winery and Michigan’s Best Intimate Venue.
“Black Star Farms is honored to have received these awards,” states Sherri Campbell Fenton, a co-partner who heads Communications and Public Affairs. “I am grateful to our team members whose personal touches make Black Star Farms the best we can be. These awards bring a spotlight to the dedication and professionalism of our skilled teams across all our business units from winery to culinary to Inn and event staff.”
The Winery at Black Star Farms, who took home the top spot for Best Winery 2017 has increasingly been receiving international recognition for award-winning wines and Eau de vie spirits. With a winery and tasting room on both the Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas in Northwest Lower Michigan, the “lake effect” climate on these peninsulas enables the growing of classic vinifera grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir which the winemaking team turns to gold. Double Gold Awards, in some instances. Black Star Farms fruit is sourced from both the proprietor’s vineyards and from those of local grower partners on the Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas. This diversity allows for a consistent quality across vintages and the wines reflect this quality from the premium Arcturos, A Capella and Leorie Vineyard labels to sparkling and fruit wines.
The Inn at Black Star Farms took home the top award for Best Intimate Venue 2017, as it is host to numerous weddings, special celebrations and romantic escapes. The 10-room distinctive Inn is located on the 160 acre Suttons Bay estate in the heart of northern Michigan wine country, nestled below a hillside of vineyards with sweeping pastoral views. The Inn features luxurious guest rooms with an exceptional package of services and amenities and is a member of Select Registry, a collection of North America’s most distinguished B&B’s, inns and boutique hotels. Every overnight stay includes a full gourmet breakfast, nightly hospitality hour with wine and hors d’oeuvres, a bottle of house wine, private use of the sauna room, expanded VIP tasting in the Barrel Room, and use of hiking trails.