Traverse City Winery Celebrating 25 Years!

March 16, 2023

For Immediate Release Contact: Sherri Campbell Fenton, Managing Owner

March 15, 2023, 231-944-1294 (O),231-883-7832 (M)

Traverse City Winery Celebrating 25 Years!

Suttons Bay, MI— This year marks 25 years of excellence in wine and hospitality for Black Star Farms in Northwest Lower Michigan and they’re inviting you to celebrate. In 1998 Kerm Campbell, along with partners Don Coe and winemaker Lee Lutes began the adventure with an estate on 120 acres in Leelanau County. Today, this Black Star Farms flagship property near Traverse City has expanded to 160 acres including a winery production facility and tasting room, distillation program, 10-room Inn, events, equestrian facility, on-site dining, plus a second winery in Traverse City which was opened in 2010 on Old Mission Peninsula.

Kerm’s daughter, Sherri Fenton, and Lee Lutes are now at the helm. A truly dedicated team has allowed the Winery at Black Star Farms to win national and international awards and for the events and Inn to be award-winning. In celebration of the growth and public support, Team Black Star Farms is planning unique events all year long, including a special limited release of a 25th Anniversary Blanc de Noir. In addition to the winery’s regularly scheduled events, the extensive anniversary schedule is as follows:

March and April

Inn BOGO and silver anniversary specials

Saturday April 1

Good On Paper Improv Show at the Inn

Friday April 7

Winemaking, Cheesemaking and Raclette Dinner Experience

Saturday April 22

Earth Day specials and a charity partner

Saturday May 6

Vertical Wine Tastings

Saturday June 10

Pours for Pups Party. Bring your 4- legged friend.

Friday, July 14

Our popular Great Lakes Fish Boil will return for one evening only.

Friday, July 28

Celebrate 25 years of distillation with a Cocktail Party at our Suttons Bay tasting room.

Wednesday, August 9

A new Chef’s Table-Themed Wine Dinner will feature seasonal ingredients from our own and regional farms, featuring Estate Chef John Korycki.

August Dates TBA

Educational Wine History Tours focusing on Black Star Farms and the Michigan wine industry.

Friday, September 1

The End of Summer Soirée will bring together our winery, events, and culinary teams for a special evening of food, wine, and more!

Wednesday, October 25

This month’s Arcturos Dining Series will feature fall harvest bounties.

Sundays, October 22 & October 29

Enjoy the fall colors with free, family-friendly Wagon Rides through our estate.

Friday, November 10

Experience a special-themed Arcturos Dining Series inspired by our Estate Chef, John Korycki.

Friday, November 17

Join us for a Noveau Release Party celebrating the 2023 harvest at our Suttons Bay tasting room.

Sunday, December 31

Ring in the new year in style with our New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner.

Join the fun for a fantastic year celebrating award-winning wines, growth, and most importantly, guest support over 25 years! For details and ticketing, please visit the 25th Anniversary webpage at:


About Black Star Farms

Black Star Farms offers the ultimate winery experience in the Traverse Wine Coast. Offering two locations in the heart of Northwest Michigan Wine Country, both the tasting room on Old Mission Peninsula and the flagship property near Suttons Bay provide exquisite opportunities. Both award-winning wineries provide guests the opportunity to experience some of the finest wines of the region. The Inn at Black Star Farms, nestled below a hillside of vineyards and overlooking barns and pastures, is a Select Registry “Distinguished Inn of North America” destination retreat. USA Today Reader’s Choice rated the Inn Best Wine Country Inn 2020. Featuring luxurious guest rooms with gorgeous spaces, the Inn is host to ‘Up North Get-aways,’ weddings, special events and corporate retreats. The seasonal Hearth & Vine Café on the Suttons Bay estate provides on-site catering and the opportunity for guests to experience farm to table cuisine in venues all around the 160 acres.

Black Star Farms, 10844 E. Revold Road, Suttons Bay, MI 49682, 231-944-1270

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