The Brengman Brothers Experience: Where Hospitality Meets Fine Wine
My North, July 6 2015
September 14, 2018 - This summer brought a good harvest of mentions in major news publications. The Chicago Tribune and New York Times visited the Traverse City Area and praised our wines!
April 8, 2018 - Robert has picked all gold-medal winning wines for the Spring Wine Club Members six-bottle commitment. Of course, club members are free to customize their selections but his picks are pretty good.
February 4, 2018 - BB sent some of our white wines into the Eighth Annual Palate Press Grand Tasting and guess who was the surprise of the night?
January 14, 2018 - We entered seven wines and received 2 Golds, 3 Silvers and 2 Bonzes in the San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition, the largest in the world!
December 16, 2017 - It was a good call to leave 20 plus rows of Riesling grapes to make Ice Wine as we experienced an early start of the cold weather finishing the harvest of the frozen grapes on Dec 12.
August 31, 2017 - Smooth transitions are important in all phases of viticulture, especially when it comes to the winemakers
April 8, 2017 - Michigan Radio creates a new cocktail using Piccolo Dito! Click the picture to hear Tammy Coxen make a Rhum Dandy Shim with Piccolo Dito Sweet Vermouth and get the recipe!
February 1, 2017 - Robert joined two other Traverse Coast area winemakers at the 12th Annual Anderson Valley Alsace Varietals Festival. Here’s his report.
November 21, 2016 - Mark this year as rare! It looks as if all the elements are coming together to produce truly memorable wines. Look for the release party next summer.
September 4, 2016 - Wine Club Member and Professional Photographer has his photo of our vineyard and used on our 2013 Cab Franc ice wine label published in the Wine Enthusiast magazine’s October 2016 issue.
August 24, 2016 - Brengman Bros. launched its ‘Piccolo Dito’ line of fortified wines at a cocktail competition held Friday, August 19 at its Leelanau Peninsula vineyard & winery.
March 1, 2016 - Where on earth can you take away using up energy and money to do an important task to stabilize fine wine?
January 4, 2016 - The video stars the winery and vineyard with guest appearance from Lauren and Robert. Check it out! https://youtu.be/EhBz2JOYyeQ
December 1, 2015 - Not at all the Estate volume that we hoped for but we experienced the seven loaves of bread and fish miracle with hybrids from our southwest Michigan grower friends.
August 30, 2015 - Our brother from another mother traveled to TC for a recent visit. He had an active itinerary filled with wine dinner, bike race, wine education sessions and some local sightseeing and tasting.
August 3, 2015 - Brengman Brother number 3 teamed up with Artist Scott Loraine to bring the vineyard two new sculptures named Little Wing and Balance.
June 28, 2015 - Dani Davis Knoph was the awarded artist who created the labels for the three 2013 Artist Series wines.
June 1, 2015 - Giovanni is making some perfect wine and we have the judges who tasted and agreed.
March 1, 2015 - The 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world.
October 7, 2013 - We are now a zero net meter operation. The rumor from our installer says that we are the first 100% solar powered commercial winery in Michigan.
January 2, 2013 - Giovanni is at it again, winning more awards for his amazing wines. The Refosco Riserva 2007 was chosen as one of the 100 top wines for the 2013 competition. We toast to this achievement…
The most vivid memory in this industry is recalling the seasons. Every season is remembered from bad, average, great to historic, as they all get a place in the long-term mental data bank.
Every vintage has three seasons -- start, middle and finish. Our 2017 had a mediocre start and middle, but what a fabulous finish it brought us.
2016 as a vintage is the best to date! All essential elements came together to create historic Cuvées. Ideal weather leveraged our perfect dirt and microclimate to produce exceptional grapes.
Michigan Fortified! We used our own and other Michigan grapes to expand 2015 into a new venture for our state: Piccolo Dito!
Our Fine Wine Mission Statement
At Brengman Brothers, we pay a whole lot of attention to the other established wine regions in North America such as Oregon, Washington State, New York and Virginia…
A late, cool year that had bud bread 1-2 weeks behind average, the summer featured moderate, cooler temperatures that forced us to deal with powdery mildew almost continually.
After a hectic beginning to the season, the 2012 vintage promises to be as exciting as the weather that created it.
The season started off slow with low heat accumulation that delayed bloom for two weeks.
Mark Twain is often credited with saying, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes."