Matt Gregory and me with the mural I painted on the south wall of Chateau de Leelanau
Starting the day at Chateau de Leelanau and ending it on the beautiful property of Good Harbor is not a bad day. It was such a good day, in fact, that I’ll be breaking it down into two parts to do it justice!
At the start of the day, I met with Matt Gregory, co-owner of Chateau de Leelanau. Matt was born and raised on a farm on this peninsula. This is a place where anyone can feel welcome. It’s a “down home” place, and they have made every effort to take any preconceived ideas of pretense out of the wine tasting experience.
No matter your taste in vino, you’ll find something delicious to please you here — even hard cider. After leaving the tasting room, fueled by Matt’s enthusiasm for taking the tasting room into the next phase, I headed off to the properties where these grapes are grown: Matt’s family’s farm.
To say this land is breathtaking is a understatement. Layers of rolling vines meet cherry and apple trees and East Grand Traverse Bay glistens in the background. Give me my brush, I’m ready!
One hour turned into the next as I turned and painted a few different views. But this is Project 24, right? This is why I came: this land. In the simplest of terms, Leelanau is special; phrased more elaborately, it’s ridiculously stunningly, fantastically gorgeous.
Stay tuned for more adventures from Project 24!
The vineyards that inspired …
… the painting …
… and the two side-by-side
In celebration of summer’s arrival, I’m launching two fun, easy contests that run through the end of August. Each giveaway will have three winners monthly, so get those cameras ready for a chance to win!
Mural Madness Contest
Snap your photo in front of the mural I painted on the side of Chateau de Leelanau in Suttons Bay (Northern Michigan) and post it on the Stephanie Schlatter Art Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/stephanieschlatterart) to be entered to win various SSA goodies!
Muse & Me Contest
Take a picture of yourself enjoying Chateau de Leelanau’s new sparkling wine, Muse* (featuring my “Three Graces” artwork on the label) and post it on one of these three pages:
– Stephanie Schlatter Art’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/stephanieschlatterart)
– Chateau de Leelanau’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/CDLWinery)
– Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/MBTBTasting)
Post your pic on all three pages for more chances to win! Prizes up for grabs include 11×14 “Three Graces” posters and free and discounted wine tastings at Chateau de Leelanau and Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room.
*Muse is available at both Chateau de Leelanau’s Suttons Bay tasting room (Northern Michigan) and at Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room in Shelby Township (Metro Detroit).
While I strongly encourage creativity in the photo submissions, all winners will be drawn randomly.
Questions? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheers, and good luck!