Wine for Every Taste
Handcrafted from the Ground Up™
At Shady Lane Cellars we are driven by passion for what we do. We balance our comittment to sustainable agriculture with a passion for delivering a high standard of quality that drives our craft. It is our goal to produce wines that exhibit a profile of elegance and structure complimented by intensity of aroma and flavor.
We work to cultivate an expression of time and place in each of our wines. Seeking capture the true nature of our cool climate, our wines are expressively vibrant, refreshing and pair well with a range of fare. Winemaker Kasey Wierzba hand crafts our wine with a philosphy focused on expressing the fruits natural flavors and aromas balanced with a precision that is ushered through science and technique. At our maximum we only produce about 5,000 cases of wine in a single year, making each of our wines special, unique and limited, the result of our hands being directly involved from the dirt to the table.
Our wide selection of wine offers something for every taste and personality. We even have cider on tap! Take a look at our full wine selection menu, new releases, and special wine projects.
2014 Sparkling Riesling - Sold Out
100% Riesling | Leelanau Peninsula | Off-Dry | 200 Cases
Sparkling Riesling is one of the original Shady Lane Cellars wines. To this day it stands out with balanced fruit, spice, toast and mouthfeel. Our Sparkling Riesling is produced from blocks M, I and N which collectively consists of three different clones; 49, 198 and 239. In 2014 the fruit was hand harvested on October 19th. The primary fermentation was managed to express the fullest potential of fruit and floral aromas and flavors. The second fermentation was conducted as cuvée close to respect the fresh aromas and flavors. This lively wine radiates peach and melon flavors making it a great brunch accompaniment.
2013 Grüner Veltliner
100% Grüner Veltliner | Leelanau Peninsula | Dry | 150 Cases
Tucked away, on a ridge between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau we discovered a vineyard among the hardwoods. In 2013 we had the pleasure of making our first Grüner Veltliner from this hidden vineyard. The fruit was hand harvested on October 17th, destemmed and pressed. The slow, steady month long fermentation produced flavors and aromas of crisp Asian pear, citrus, green tea and minerality. An expressive cool climate white that pairs nicely with light summer fare, seafood, poultry and shellfish.
2014 Hennessy Harbor White
56% Pinot Gris 22% Chardonnay 22% Grüner Veltliner | Leelanau Peninsula | Dry| 200 Cases
Hennessy Harbor Vineyard is the sister property to our estate vineyard. After the third leaf we harvested our first crop on October 21, 2014. Our expectations for this southerly sloping vineyard are vast and we are thrilled to share our first vintage as a field blended white. After destemming the fruit, it was allowed to soak and macerate for 6 hours. For aromatic whites, a short cold soak can encourage the extraction of aromatic compounds and aromatic precursors, as well as a hint of tannin to increase structure. Ten percent was barrel fermented in new French oak and sur lie aged four months. The malolactic fermentation rounds out the edges and gives a silkiness to the mouthfeel. Hints of oak, white flowers, melon, goose berry and stone fruit compose this cleverly balanced wine. Impossible not to enjoy solo, this wine is also fitting with roasted chicken, pork tenderloin and grilled salmon.
2015 Riesling Reserve - Pre-release Wine Club Exclusive
100% Riesling | Leelanau Peninsula | Dry | 90 cases
Careful farming sets the stage for our Riesling Reserve and creativity in the winery and cellar make this wine standout. This vintage captures the intense floral and tropical aromas of Riesling with a pleasing texture that drinks smooth and dry. Layers unfold seamlessly from hints of elderflower, juicy pineapple, guava, white peach and as we have discovered, much more with every sip. We are excited to share with you this limited production of Riesling.
2013 Dry Riesling
100% Riesling | Leelanau Peninsula | Dry | 302 Cases
After a steady growing season our Dry Riesling grapes were harvested on October 29, 2013 from block M. Block M sits at high elevation on the property and always provides fantastic, balanced fruit. This block is planted in the official French Riesling clone 49 which is dependable and consistent. The intentional selection of yeast has allowed us to create a wine with intense flavors of apricot, melon, lime zest and honeysuckle. A hint of petrol on the nose pays homage to the rich terpenes that set this variety apart. Shady Lane Cellars’ Dry Riesling is the perfect accompaniment to fresh and saltwater fish, shellfish, Asian and Latin cuisine.
100% Muscat | Leelanau Peninsula | Dry | 90 cases
Muscat is one of the oldest grapes with a rich history as being the first grape to be brought to early western Europe by the Romans. The Shady Lane Muscat is hand-harvested from our Estate vineyard and pressed into an expressively aromatic juice. The long, cool fermentation brings aromas and flavors of orange and apple blossoms, tangerine and guava with a crisp, refreshing finish. Enjoy this wine while preparing dinner, but do your best not to drink the whole bottle! If you have a second bottle, serve with delicate cheeses, ceviche’ and light Mediterranean.
100% Gewürztraminer | Leelanau Peninsula | Off-Dry | 355 Cases
The 2013 Gewurztraminer had beautifully balanced ripening with acidity to carry the aromas and flavors of this expressive white wine. The fruit was hand harvested on October 28, 2013 from our Estate property and Harbor Hill Vineyard, also in the Leelanau Peninsula appellation. Like a symphony this white wine expresses many aromas and flavors of tangerine, lychee, ginger, rose petal and spice. The mid pallet and body supports flavors of richer cuisine such as curries, grilled shellfish and creole dishes.
2013 Semi-Dry Riesling
100% Riesling | Leelanau Peninsula | Semi-Dry | 1850 Cases
The estate grown Semi-Dry Riesling is the flagship of Shady Lane Cellars. Our sandy, gravel soils hold heat, readily drain and contribute to this intensely aromatic wine. The vines are maintained throughout the season for balance and sunlight penetration to the fruiting zone which increases terpene development. This wine is composed of four different clones and comes from several different estate blocks. It was fermented in small batches using different yeasts to increase complexity. The 2013 vintage imparts flavors of lime zest, honey, wildflowers and peach. Fermented and aged in stainless steel this wine shows some sweetness up front but finishes bright, clean and crisp.
2014 Cabernet Franc/Merlot Rosé
80% Cabernet Franc 20% Merlot | Leelanau Peninsula | Dry | 340 Cases
The mild, cool summer of 2014 challenged our winemaking creativity. At Shady Lane Cellars we took that opportunity and ran; crafting two beautifully unique Rose’ wines. On October 30th we hand harvested a field blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The fruit was destemmed and left to soak overnight. Color and skin tannin gently released and we pressed a pretty pink juice the next morning. Carefully selected yeast were chosen to maintain the bright berry fruit that this wine brings. Perfect anytime, a bright and refreshing rosé with crisp citrus notes and hints tart berry, green apple and a subtle minerality.
2014 Pinot Noir Rosé
100% Pinot Noir | Leelanau Peninsula | Dry | 336 Cases
Our Pinot Noir Rose’ is a new world wine, made in old world style. On October 21, 2014 we hand harvested our Estate Pinot Noir, destemmed and crushed the fruit and let it cold soak for 12 hours. During the cold soak tannin from the skins released into the juice providing just a touch of color. The pink juice was then fermented in barrel (20%) and stainless steel (80%). The barrel fermented lot had sur lie aging and battonage (fine lees stirring); providing texture, mouthfeel and notes of vanilla and smoke. This wine brings ripe strawberry, fresh orange peel, notes of vanilla and smoke that close with a touch of minerality. Perfectly paired with cheese and charcuterie, Nicoise salad, seafood and rosemary roasted chicken.
2013 Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir | Leelanau Peninsula | Dry | 342 Cases
During the rush of 2013 harvest we took a deep breath and brought in the Pinot Noir. The grapes were hand harvested on October 28th, destemmed and cold soaked for three days. The fruit was then fermented with several yeast in small open top containers. Secondary fermentation and aging took place in 40% new French oak and 60% neutral French oak. We were pleased to let this wine age in oak for 16 months, which is seen in the lush and soft mouthfeel. Our Pinot Noir delivers flavors and aromas of black cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, cocoa, cola, black tea, orange peel, brown baking spice and a hint of smokiness. Pairs beautifully with robust cheeses and charcuterie, grilled salmon with red wine sauce and beef braised with mushrooms.
2013 Franc ‘n’ Franc
48% Blaufränkisch 44% Cabernet Franc 8% Merlot | Leelanau Peninsula | Dry | 334 Cases
Estate grown Cabernet Franc, Blaufränkisch and Merlot were blended together creating our proprietary blend Franc ‘n’ Franc. After harvest these red grapes are destemmed and cold soaked for three days. Small fermentation lots are then inoculated with different yeast, adding complexity to the blend. Secondary fermentation and cellar aging takes place in French oak, where tannins soften and a round mouthfeel develops. Red and blue fruits of fresh plum, raspberry, mulberry, vanilla, cocoa, lavender and spice layer together with lush, full tannins bringing richness and structure to the finish. This red wine is a true reflection of cool climate perfection.
2013 Blaufränkisch - Sold Out
100% Blaufränkisch | Leelanau Peninsula | Dry | 135 Cases
Blaufränkisch happens to be one of Austria’s flagship red varieties, with over 322,000 acres planted.
Here at Shady Lane Cellars, we have a modest 3-acre plot of Blaufränkisch, otherwise known as Lemberger in Germany, and although our plot may be small, it produces wine with big personality. The Shady Lane Cellars Blaufränkisch is a dark red wine with layers of blueberry, blackberry, and mulberry fruit. A hint of black pepper and cedar spice finish this wine with aged, lush tannins and big mouthfeel.
2012 Late Harvest Vignoles
100% Vignoles | Leelanau Peninsula | Sweet | 70 Cases | Harvest: 12/7/2012
In the cold of December, we bundled our clothing and trudged through the snow with sleds in tow to harvest the cold, fragile Vignoles fruit. The clusters were brown and orange with the condensed sweetness of ‘Noble Rot’ otherwise known as botrytis. The rich, viscous late harvest juice fermented into a wine with aromas and flavors reminiscent of baked apples, pear preserves and honey with a hint of caramel on the finish.
2013 Late Harvest Riesling
100% Riesling | Leelanau Peninsula | Sweet | 60 Cases | Harvest Date: 12/19/13
Braving the cold weather of December, we worked to harvest Riesling condensed and sweetened by botrytis. This concentrated dessert wine carries bright notes of candied lime, orange and pear. A perfect end to a fine meal.
2014 Coop de Blanc
100% Vignoles | Leelanau Peninsula | Semi-Sweet | 670 Cases
Every year we begin harvest with Vignoles! This grape is truly a flavor fiesta with fermenting aromatics of juicy pineapple, tangerine, honey, white flowers and ginger. In 2014 we harvested Vignoles for the Coop de Blanc on October 17 and 19. The Coop de Blanc carries sweetness, however it is balanced with acidity for a refreshing finish. Enjoy with grilled chicken, fresh fruit and anything in your picnic basket!
2015 Coop de Rosé
56% Vignoles 41% Riesling 3% Regent| Leelanau Peninsula | Semi-Sweet | 360 Cases
A perfect companion to any occasion, Coop de Rosé is a bright, fun and fruit forward wine with refreshing notes of cherry, orange blossom and sweet citrus. This wine is a favorite for those warm summer afternoons and pairs best with a beach and your closest friends.
Coop de Rouge
70% Merlot 30% Syrah | Washington | Dry | 277 Cases
Our winemaker searches for just the right components that make Coop de Rouge the perfect everyday red wine. This Merlot and Syrah blend displays rich dark fruits of plum and black current with hints of dried herbs, leather and coco; balanced with oak.
Coop de Pomme Hard Cider
McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Northern Spy, R.I. Greenings | Leelanau Peninsula | Dry
It’s the juicy, sweet of McIntosh; the earthy, honey peel of russeted Golden Delicious; the aroma and structure of Northern Spy; the balanced acidity and robust flavors of Rhode Island Greenings, it’s Coop de Pomme. Our Coop de Pomme is made using local, Leelanau County apples of four different varieties, each adding to the aroma, flavor, and texture of this traditional beverage. Crisp and refreshing our cider is only available at the Tasting Room.
The Project Pinot Blanc
100% Pinot Blanc | Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Barbara, CA | Dry | 149 Cases
The Project is just that; a project with exemplary vineyards and wineries beyond our local region that we want to share here at Shady Lane. Pinot Blanc from Santa Barbara County is one of the select wines featured. This round, full white brings aromas and flavors of ripe melon, apricot and poached pear, with hints of vanilla and nut on the finish.
The Project Viognier - Pre-release Wine Club Exclusive
100% Viognier | Lake County, CA | Dry | 150 Cases
This wine represents the realization of our winemaker’s vision to reach beyond our estate vineyard and work in collaboration with exemplary vineyards and wine producers in other select regions and to showcase styles and varieties distinct and different than our Shady Lane Cellars Estate wines. The Viognier’s fermentation began in stainless and was then racked in to barrels to complete the fermentation. The wine saw partial lees stirring and partial malo-lactic fermentation, finishing completely dry. The wine exhibits notes of apricot, honey dew and white flowers. It finishes with subtle vanilla and hints at spice with a full mouth feel.
The Project Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir | Columbia Gorge, OR | Dry | 350 Cases
The Project is just that; a project with exemplary vineyards and wineries beyond our local region that we want to share here at Shady Lane. Oregon is known for world class pinot noir, and this is no exception. Medium-bodied with hints of earth, cedar and spice round out notes of fresh ripe berries.