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Gemstone and beautiful lake are winery names
By Lorri Hathaway
Special to the Enterprise
What’s in a name? For Leelanau Peninsula wineries, that would be ancestral roots, location and local inspiration.
Some vineyards got their name from the obvious — a view from their hilltop perches, local landmarks or even iconic  nds on beaches nearby. Bel Lago Vineyards of Cedar, which is celebrating its 20th year this summer, means “beautiful
lake” in Italian. Obviously, the name refers to the vineyard’s sprawling views of south Lake Leelanau.
“As a family, we were struggling with what to
name the winery,” shares Charlie Edson, co-owner and winemaker at Bel Lago. “One day, Dom (Edson’s Italian father-in-law and winery co-
founder) was sitting up on the hill overlooking south Lake Leelanau, thinking in Italian,
of course, he thought how gorgeous the lake was. As Italian is his native language, he thought ‘bel lago,’ which we thought was the perfect name.”
Down the road at Blustone Winery, owners Tom and Joan Knighton have always loved the Leland Blue rocks that originated from slag found on area beaches and crafted into beautiful jewelry.
”We love how the  nal product made from raw ingredients becomes far more precious than its original parts,” Knighton said.
Aurora Cellars is inspired by the celestrial phenomenon that can capture an imagination during a northern Michigan night.
“We believe it is a  tting
name that has a tie to the area because it’s so special to so many people fortunate to see the natural beauty,” says Taylor Simpson, who owns the winery with her brother Sam Simpson.
For a few wineries, a more speci c location or landmark led to the name:
• Willow Vineyards in Suttons Bay was named after a beautiful willow tree that was in the middle of the property when Jo and John Crampton bought the site 35 years ago.
“It was struck by lighting and split in two, so we named Willow after that beautiful tree,” said Jo.
Today, Willow Vineyards is also referred to as the winery with the “million dollar view.”
• 45 North Vineyard & Winery in Lake Leelanau was named for the earth’s 45th parallel,
the same parallel that many
Dan and Lucie Mathies picked Lucie’s middle name, and their vineyard happens to be off French Road.
renowned wine regions of the world are located.
• “Laurentide Winery of Lake Leelanau is a tribute to the geology of the region,” says Susan Braymer, who owns it
with her husband, Bill. “Three hundred  fty million years ago, the Leelanau peninsula lay under a tropical sea south of the equator. Ten thousand years ago, the Laurentide glacier
was the last great ice sheet to recede from the Leelanau
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