Bowers Harbor Vineyards

(Michigan Winery)

The history of BHV is really a history of the Stegenga family.  Drawn to the beauty of Old Mission Peninsula, the Stegengas found a diamond in the rough in the 42-acre plot rising above picturesque Bowers Harbor.  Forest of oak, beech, and maple protect from behind the low rolling slope of the farm.  Below is the natural protective barrier of the Harbor, whose waters warm the peninsula and extend the growing season.

It quickly became apparent that this very special piece of land had great natural potential for something bigger.  Already a world-recognized grape growing appellation, Old Mission Peninsula was making great strides in local viticulture techniques. Linda and Spencer realized that their little farm, with its unique microclimate extended growing season, natural soil and cool summer nights needed to produce varietal wine grapes.  So, in 1991 Bowers Harbor Vineyards was born to prove them right.

Planting Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling grapes, the Stegengas found the original 6,000 vines inadequate for demand.  Soon Pinot Grigio and more Riesling were in the ground, followed by reds.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Pinot Noir are currently producing small yields of high quality fruit.

Eventually, BHV found it necessary to purchase grapes to keep up with demand.  Within a few miles radius they found several small producers with the same commitment to limited high quality production and focus on sustainable farming practices.  This keeps the wines at an award winning level while also reflecting the unique beauty found only in a truly local wine.