Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "Woo Hoo-what a ride!"
Longview Winery is about the possibilities in life. The life of our grapes, our wines and ourselves. We are making the best wines possible from the grapes we grow to reflect the moment in time when they were created. We are about discovery, learning, and the development of new knowledge. Ours is an evolving story built on love and respect and change. We hope that you will come and share what we have discovered on this journey. Take a bottle or two home and enjoy our creation. From our family to yours.
Sincerely, Alan Eaker & Staff
The origin of the name "Longview Winery" begins over 15 years ago when Alan and Linda first met. Linda was living in Michigan and Alan in Florida. They met at a conference and began a long distance relationship. With their children preparing to head off to college, Alan told her, "You have to look at the longview". He said, "our kids are off to college soon and we will be together forever." Fifteen years ago they married and upon retirement Alan said, "You saw the longview and married me, now what do YOU want". Linda told Alan she wanted to live on a farm in Leelanau County so in 1998 they bought the land and started growing the vines.
The grapes that make the wines are a culmination of Linda and Alan seeing the longview and today they produce the finest wines in the region. Theirs is a story of passion and love for each other, the farm, the land, and the community they live in.
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