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Actually, you can make up these names
immigrants who grew potatoes. And two Leelanau wineries — Amoritas Vineyards in Lake
Leelanau and Verterra Winery in Leland — have made-up words.
Matthew Goodell, co-owner of Amoritas Winery, explained: “The impetus stems from the vineyard being located on Amore Road. Working off that, we drew inspiration from the Latin phrase ‘in vino veritas,’ which means in wine there is truth. As a direct translation, we interpret Amoritas Vineyards to mean ‘little live vines.’
Verterra Winery owner Paul Hamelin says, “We took the Latin words Veritas (truth) and Terra (Land) and combined them to create a new word, Verterra. The meaning of Verterra, truth in the land
as we grow all our grapes ourselves here on the Leelanau Peninsula.”
As you make your way along the trail, you’ll  nd that each winery, like their names, has its own story to tell.
Common wines
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traveling in southern France and reconnected with it’s vibrant taste and totally dry  nish. That was our inspiration to make a totally dry Rosé from our Pinot Noir grapes.”
Their venture into Rosé proved to be a wise as the 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé was awarded Best in Class at the prestigious Paci c Rim Wine Competition.
“Our Pinot Noir Rosé is one of our most popular wines,” shares Knighton. “It sells out of it every year. You can take it to the beach or you can serve it at the most elegant dinner party. It’s just that versatile.”
So, next time you’re in a Leelanau tasting room, be adventurous. Try the new styles of Chardonnay, Riesling and Rosé — and other wines you never thought to try before.
You just might be surprised.
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Peninsula, forming the topography of the land and Great Lakes.
“The glaciers’ retreat revealed the ancient sea  oor and the fossils known now as Petoskey stones which are mineralized corals. The soil and rocks, the water and the climate combine in a unique way to give the Leelanau Peninsula and our vineyard
a distinct terroir. We wanted to use a name that gave
life to the amazing history of the heart of the Leelanau Peninsula where we grow
our grapes to make award winning cool climate wines.”
Other wineries are more like Old World wineries of Europe, taking names from ancestral roots even if in a roundabout way.
“Rove means a journey
without a destination,” shares McKenzie Gallagher, who with husband, Creighton, owns Rove Estate in Elmwood Township. “We chose this name as a tribute to our Irish ancestors who  ed Ireland
in the 1600s during the  ight
of the Wild Geese. Some of those “wild geese” ended up settling in some of the most renowned wine regions across the world. The international society of Irish winemakers call themselves the Winegeese.”
And, Chateau Fontaine
of Lake Leelanau turned out to be the perfect selection when Lucie Fontaine Matthies, who opened the winery in 2000 with her husband, Dan, learned that her middle
name can be traced back
to the 1500s in France. The Leelanau winery is located
off French Road, and it was homesteaded by French
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