Leelanau Peninsula
The Leelanau Peninsula AVA is located in northern Michigan, not far from the city of Traverse City; it is a bit south of the Upper Peninsula. As it is a peninsula, it is surrounded by water on three sides; the most notable body of water being Lake Michigan. It has a maritime, climate and local vintners take advantage of this by working with varieties such as Riesling (a common variety in other parts of Michigan as well), Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio. There are also plantings of hybrid varieties, such as Chambourcin and Marquette, while there are even a few classically made sparkling wines produced from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc as well. (Wine/Appellations)