Owner of Leland’s Verterra Winery Talks Northern Michigan Chardonnay

Paul Hamelin consummated a lifelong love of wine and wine collecting in 2007 when he and his wife, Marty, purchased a Leelanau County cherry orchard and began planting vines. Six years, 33 planted acres, and a slew of best-in-class awards later, Verterra is producing some of Leelanau’s top bottlings. We caught up with Paul to talk the latest on Northern Michigan chardonnay....Click here to view the full article

Can Pinot Blanc Be Michigan’s Signature Grape?

Paul Hamelin, owner of Verterra Winery in the Leelanau Peninsula, states that his Pinot Blanc grapes mature in a similar pattern as Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. He says that Verterra not only makes a single varietal Pinot Blanc, but they also use it as a blender. Their wine is dry, with residual sugars less than 1% on average after fermentation.  Click here to read the full article.

The Wine world discovers northern Michigan

For 200 years, grapegrowers have been experimenting with European wine varietals in the Midwestern United States. While growing old world grapes in the Midwest will never be easy, some regions are quietly gaining an international reputation. One such area is the Leelanau Peninsula in Northern Michigan, which has been winning prestigious awards and attracting recent attention from the wine establishment.  Click here to read the full article

Verterra Winery, Gaining Momentum and Quality

It was great fun to sit down with Paul Hamelin of Leelanau Peninsula’s Verterra Winery at Twisted Olive and taste through the new releases.  Paul also brought along some of the 2011 wines for review.  Click here to read the full post.  

The Great climate State

Great interview with Paul and many other farmers throughout the state focused on the crazy weather we have had in 2012.  Brought to you on youtube by the local PBS station.   

Tasting Leelanau 2012 - Verterra Winery

We don’t need much in the way of coaxing, convincing or cajoling to get us back up to northern Michigan wine country. It seems like every time we visit Traverse City and the nearby Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas (we’ve been going since the late ‘80s), we find at least a couple more good reasons to want to go back. And so it was that when the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Associationg invited us to attend their annual Media Weekend in late April, we started to plan our trip right away. We were especially interested in checking out two new operations that did not exist when last we were up that way, Verterra Winery and Tandem Ciders. 

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Verterra Winery a revelation at pacific rim wine competition

Verterra’s 2011 Pinot Blanc, a varietal that doesn’t get a lot of attention or respect, and the 2011 Chaos White Cuvée, a slightly sweeter blend tempered by acidity, each won “Best in Class” in their respective categories, an especially noteworthy designation because the judges must be unanimous in their approval of the wine. Verterra’s 2011 Dry Riesling won a gold medal at this competition. Paul Hamelin, who operates the family-owned winery with his wife and son, credits his “great winemaker” as well as the prime locations of their vineyards for the winery’s sprint to the top tier of Leelanau winemakers in only one year.

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Verterra: New wines from old traditions

Northwestern Michigan is already home to a bounty of wonderful wineries. Do we really need another one? The short answer is yes, when the winery is Verterra. This brand-spanking new winery just opened a tasting room this fall in downtown Leland.

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Michigan Wines Shine at Wine Competitions

Verterra Winery of Leland, which opened in 2011, won big at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The winery's 2010 Pinot Blanc won double gold, Gewürztraminer won gold, and three white wines (including two Chardonnays) won medals as well. (I'm particularly excited to taste their Pinot Blanc and 2011 dry Gewürztraminer to be released this year.)

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Tasting Table: Cheers to That

There's a new winery in our midst, and it's providing compelling reasons to give Michigan wine a fresh look.

Over the holidays, we clinked glasses of Verterra's newly released wines from the 2010 vintage. They included a lively Pinot Blanc ($18 for a 750-ml bottle) and a Reserve Chardonnay ($24 for 750 ml), its citrus and apple flavors mellowed by a turn in French oak. The winery's seven-month-aged Reserve Red ($25 for 750 ml) brought youthful, rough-hewn Italian reds to mind.  To read the complete article visit Tasting Table.


Monumental harvest on the leelanau peninsula

For the wineries of Northern Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula Vintner's Association, autumn is a time when the fruits of a year's worth of hard labor begin to be weighed, counted and judged. While exact tonnage for the 2011 harvest is not available, the 19 wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association are reporting an excellent crop.  To read more visit the Digital Journal

Viva Verterra

Michigan's newest vineyard is creating bewitching (and prize-winning) wines.  A recent article by Michael Brenton for the City Pulse.  To read the full arcitcle click here.


Verterra takes gold & Silver at Denver international wine competition

In a compeition dominated by wines from California, we were thrilled to win gold for our Pinot Blanc and silver for our Gwertz in a compeition that awards only 3 medals for each varietal.  For the complete results, click here.


Verterra Wins 7 medals at michigan wine Competition

We submitted 7 of our wines to the competion and 7 won medals!  For detailed results of the comptition click here.


MBTB Video feature at verterra winery

Michigan By The Bottle stopped in not long after we opened to interview us.  You can view the interview by clicking here.  Check them out for great reviews and upcoming events on all the wine trails in Michigan.  


Who's opening wineries now

From the TC Ticker - Five wineries have just opened or are set to open within the next 18 months in the Traverse City area. The boom is not only good news for Doug Matthies, a consultant who helps launch commercial wineries, it’s also good news for the read more click here.




Verterra Winery  •  103 E. River Street  •   Leland, MI 49654  •  231.256.2115