This varietal has become practically tantamount to Bel Lago. Closely related to Chardonnay, Bel Lago’s founder, Charlie Edson, discovered this grape variety in the Alsace region of France. Knowing it would be uniquely suited to thrive on the Leelanau Peninsula, we planted our first vines in 1987 and became the first in Michigan and one of the first in the country to do so. Auxerrois (pronounced Awk – Sair – Wah) is a consistent producer and ripens early, yet it retains its fruit-forward profile. This wine is clean and crisp with notes of papaya, mango, guava and apricot balanced against a subtle minerality.