as president and CEO of the winery.
The Pirates/Villa Mari Vineyards
The Lagina Brothers, Marty and Rick, will soon
open Villa Mari Vineyards, the most anticipated
new winery in Traverse City. When they are not
working on Villa Mari, you can see them looking
for buried treasure on Curse of Oak Island on The
The television show is the pursuit of something
that fascinated them as boys, Marty Lagina
says. The investment in a winery on Old Mission
Peninsula is a different type of treasure hunt:
I realized grapes could be grown on the
southern peninsula, with the same sunlight as
Bordeaux without the heat, we started
The brand new tasting room, winery facility and
underground caverns will be open in late spring.
an Italian design and looks like it could come
from Marty says.
The grandfather came from Italy
and became friends with Robert Mondavi in the
earliest days of wine-making in the United States.
To this day, Marty says he speaks Italian to the
grapes so they think they are in Italy.
CLOCKWISE FROM Top,
LEFT: Bob Begin at Chateau
Chantal; A wine tasting at
Bonobo; Local cheeses at
Ciccone; Villa Mari Winery,
which will open in late
Spring; Marty and Rick
Lagina; A cooking class at
Dad Rock/Ciccone Vineyards Winery
On your first visit to Traverse wineries,
be surprised if someone mentions in a hushed
tone, parents own a winery
That would be the Ciccone family, owners of the
popular Ciccone Vineyards Winery on Leelanau
Peninsula. The pop superstar is the oldest of eight
children, and today Tony and Joan Ciccone enjoy
a wine country lifestyle on Leelanau Peninsula.