Project 24: Good Neighbor Organic Vineyards & Winery



Good Neighbor Organic Vineyards & Winery: It’s an organic experience — as the sign says, after all! This Northport-based winery and tasting room, owned by partners Ben and Janah Crow and Court and Jen Wengreen, is so worth the drive.


The feeling here is just all kinds of good, and the libations are top notch. The wines were amazingly delicious and you can feel great about their organic approach.

goodneighbor3Of particular interest are the chia and coffee hard ciders, dry with great undertones of their namesakes. My favorite is the Ciderye barrel-aged cider — oh so yummy. I’m actually sipping on a Good Neighbor Organics Pinot Noir as this is typed.

goodneighbor2The evening I set out to paint on location at Good Neighbor was a warm one in September. The sun was just beginning its descent, leaving me enough time to do underpaintings from two locations. One was overlooking the field of lavender, with a backdrop of vines. Simply enchanting.

goodneighbor4My second underpainting was done from the apple orchards, where grand old apple trees frame the vines that peek through their branches and over the old treetops. It’s a magical place with a heart, and I can’t urge you enough to go see for yourself!

About Stephanie Schlatter Art

Stephanie Schlatter is an Artist who draws from the world for inspiration. While she calls Grand Rapids, Michigan, home she’s often off on new adventures. For more than a decade, her journeys have taken her across the globe. She has studied art both locally and abroad, including time in Mexico, where she decided to shift her focus from photography to painting. Stephanie's travels led her to found Absolutely Art: A Project for Change in 2006. Through this non-profit organization, she brings art instruction to the children of Ethiopia while supporting their education. Stephanie's work reflects an expression influenced by other cultures which resonates a variety of influences that have given her work direction.

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