Reviews

We love what we do, and it shows in the quality experience we provide. Below is **REAL FEEDBACK** we received from our guests (via TripAdvisor, Facebook, emails or texts), after they participated in one of our wine tours:


“What a great way to enjoy Petoskey’s wineries worry free! I was with my 2 adult daughters for a girls weekend and this was one of the highlights of our trip. Jeff was very accommodating, he picked us up and dropped us off right at our door. We visited 3 wineries and he was very knowledgeable about each one. The snack bags that he provided were also a nice touch. I would definitely chose Vine Ride again next time I’m in town. I would recommend making a reservation as soon as you know the date you want as the tours do book up.”


“We had a great time on our October 23 wine tour with Jeff. He is very knowledgeable about the area and the wineries. The door-to-door service was great and he even came back the next day because one of the women on our tour left a pair of gloves in the van! Would do this tour again.”


“We had a great time. Hope we can do it again sometime. Thanks.”


“We had an absolutely amazing time with vine rides! Would highly recommend to all!”


“What a great tour. Petoskey has some nice wineries. Jeff is the best! He was very informative about all the wineries we visited.”


“My daughter and I had a great time. Our driver Jeff was a lot of fun and a gentleman. I will recommend your services and Jeff as a driver to family and friends.”


“Hi, Jeff. This is Mary. I just wanted to let you know what a top-notch business you run and that we had a lot of fun.”


“Jeff was amazing and went above and beyond expectations. He was informational and was so patient. Highly recommend for any wine trip in the future.”


“We had a great time on our wine tour with Jeff this passed weekend. We were able to get the last two seats on the night tour and it was perfect! Jeff picked us up from our hotel, gave us little goodie bags, took us around to a few great wineries and even had coolers for our wine and ciders. Overall great experience and we definitely recommend Vine Ride and Jeff! We will be back!”


“My husband and I were in Petoskey for the weekend to celebrate our anniversary and decided to go on a wine tour. We chose Vine Ride and we are so glad we did. Jeff was attentive and knowledgeable and made the experience so very memorable. He picked us up right at the hotel and was very flexible as well. Jeff was able to take us to a different winery than planned based on our particular likes in wine. We will recommend Vine Ride to friends and family and will call Jeff again next time we are in Petoskey. Thanks for a wonderful experience!”


“Agree with all other 5 star reviewers. This is a perfect way to go ‘wining’ and not worry about driving. Jeff was very considerate and helpful. He took pictures for us and gave the history behind each winery. We would definitely go again!”


“This was our very first time on a wine tour and we are SO glad we chose Vine Ride! Jeff was a wonderful guide and the whole experience was memorable! We will definitely make this an annual event!!”


“Jeff was the Best! We were so surprised how excellent the Michigan wineries were! Jeff is truly passionate about wine and educated us about the grapes used in some of our favorites. We will be back and he is willing to customize our next tour!”


“We had an absolute blast on our tour with Jeff! He was extremely knowledgeable in regards to the wineries, the region and local wines. The tour was very well planned out as we moved seamlessly around for the day. Every detail was taken care of including a cooler and crates for purchased wine storage. The treat bag was thoughtfully put together and we all felt very well taken care of! Perfect for a romantic date, girls weekend or for any true wine lovers looking to discover the diversity and uniqueness of the Petoskey Region Wineries. Looking forward to another tour. Thanks Jeff!”


“You will find no one nicer and more knowledgeable than Jeff. My wife and I had a great evening tasting the best wines in the Petoskey area.”


“We loved our experience, Jeff was fun and accommodating when we suggested a winery he had not picked. Snack bags, nice touch. We met new people, loved our group! Jeff was knowledgeable about the wineries, comfortable ride. Don’t do it on your own, hire Jeff and sit back and enjoy!”


“We had so much fun and a great tour guide(Jeff) !! He was super fun and a very friendly informative man! Very much worth our money and a blast!! Thanks Jeff!”


“This experience was the highlight of our Petoskey trip. We did the earlier tour (11-3) and had a blast getting to know Jeff and the other passengers on the tour as well as the information about the wineries and the area in general. The trip was organized so the final wineries served food…great idea! The service was fantastic and SO WORTH IT! If you are debating, do it.”


“We met Jeff in June 2019 and  had a great experience. He was so knowledgeable and made our wine tour so interesting. We plan to book again with Vine Ride when we are in the petosky area next summer.”


“Fantastic group outing driver very knowledgeable with great information and interaction. Great day. Very well organized. Vineyards chosen were very good.”


“Hi Jeff,  Just wanted to let you know what a great time we all had on Sunday! Also…we took your advice and went to the Petoskey Winery and Vineyard and LOVED IT! Thanks so much for the recommendation!”


“This was a great wine tour!! Jeff was so friendly and he was also very knowledgeable about the wineries he took us to. I would definitely recommend this wine tour for anyone looking for something fun to do in the area.”


“This is easily the best wine tour we’ve done!

We have done wine tours in Traverse City before, but we enjoyed Jeff’s tour of Petosky area wineries much more. It was more intimate than we expected, as these wineries (for now) are not as heavily trafficked as those on Old Mission Peninsula. Each winery was quiet and serene, the busiest stop being Petosky Farms, where there may have been 20 people total. Our guide, Jeff made sure we had a fantastic evening!

We began at Crooked Vine Winery, where we did a guided tasting with the owner Geoff and one other friendly couple. After the tasting and a long chat with Geoff, we each bought a glass of our favorite and relaxed outside on the covered porch of the winery Geoff and his wife built themselves. Ours was a 3 hour evening tour, so Jeff made sure we stopped at Petosky Farms for their amazing wood-oven pizza. We accompanied our pesto -roma pizza with a flight of wines, cider, and sangria on the large deck overlooking the picturesque vineyards. We didn’t know Michigan could be so hilly, but the area surrounding Petosky is downright mountainous. We finished the evening at Walloon Lake Winery, where we had the place completely to ourselves and got to know our gracious host, Taylor as we sipped on generous samples and watched the chickens peck around outside. We discovered several amazing wine flavors we had never tasted before, given Petosky’s cold-hardy grape varieties.

We recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get to know the people involved in making the wines. They were all excited to talk about winery life, current offerings, and their plans for the future. Just bring yourself and your loved ones and settle in for a relaxing visit led by Jeff or another experienced guide.

Note: if you are staying in Petosky but not at one of the hotels listed on their website, just call Vine Ride and let them know; they will likely be able to pick you up at your location.”


“Jeff was an awesome wine tour guide. My girlfriends and I loved our tour with Vine Ride! Can’t wait to book again!”


“Highly recommend Vine Ride! Loved our evening tour … good wine, beautiful scenery, and Jeff is an awesome host!”


“Thanks for the great tour!”


“Awesome time!! Thanks Jeff for showing us around :-)”


“Vine Ride was the best way to tour the vineyards in the Petoskey. Jeff (owner/tour guide/driver) was very friendly & did an outstanding job, making this a most memorable experience. We were picked up at our hotel and greeted with a nice bag of healthy snacks and a bottle of water. The van was clean and comfortable. Jeff provided interesting information about the Petoskey wine region, as we drove to the 1st of the 4 vineyards we visited. He made sure we had plenty of time to enjoy & experience each. Thanks Jeff!”


“We had a great trip on our Vine Ride. Very clean and friendly. We enjoyed the scenery and comfortable ride!”


“We loved our tour with Jeff. He told us so much about the Petosky area, the vineyards and the winemakers. We never felt rushed. Every stop was perfectly timed. From start to finish this wine tour was the best!”


“Jeff did an amazing job. He was prompt, helpful, entertaining and get our group organized! Our group had a wonderful time. I highly recommend.”


“Jeff and Vine Rides made our first wine tour spectacular. We highly recommend to all our friends and family! Thank you Jeff!”


“Jeff did an amazing job driving us around! It was a lot of fun and we would definitely book with him again!”


“Can’t wait for the next Vine Ride!”


“Jeff was awesome! My husband and I had a great wine tasting experience!”


“We had our first vacation in boyne and did a wine tour with Jeff and loved everything about it.”


“Jeff was fantastic. Would definitely book again if we are in the area. Thanks Jeff.”


“absolutely amazing and fun!!! Jeff was spectacular!!! 5 stars!!!”


“My friend and I had a wonderful time on Thursday, May 2. Jeff is awesome and very knowledgeable on the wineries. when we come back, we will do it again. it was overcast and a little rainy but still a great time with beautiful views.”


“Highly recommend Jeff and Vine Ride if you are looking for a great experience. Great wineries on the tour and Jeff has a lot of knowledge about each one.”


“Vine Ride is a must do! If you want to learn about wine and have a chill vibe experience Jeff is really going to cater to your experience expectations! Don’t second guess yourself here, book a tour and let Jeff take you on a wonderful wine/cider/beer adventure!”


“Great ride around to local wineries with Vine Ride – highly recommended if you’re in the area!”


“To celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, my husband and I took a trip to Petoskey and scheduled a Vine Ride tour. We had the best time! There wineries were wonderful! Enjoyed every minute of our time. We were with one other couple who was also celebrating their wedding anniversary. The driver was incredible! Jeff was very knowledgeable, kind and funny! He even brought us mini cupcakes for our anniversaries! I will book a Vine Ride every time I am up there.”


“I had a blast!!!!!!!”


“Very professional and knowledgeable about the area and the wineries. There were many lovely little touches that made this one of the best parts of our vacation. This was our first time in the area and my husband and I had a wonderful time. We cannot wait to come back.”


“The wine tour was amazing. The geographic information and history of the area Jeff gave was interesting and useful.”


“Our vine ride experience was fantastic!!! The driver had awesome tunes ;-)”


“Jeff could not have planned a better day for us, as we celebrated a 60th birthday. The stops on our tour were perfectly timed – we never felt rushed or were waiting on anything. His personality and knowledge of the area added to the great experience. Will definitely book again when we’re up north!!”


“Highly recommend. Jeff is extremely knowledgeable and a great driver. My friend and I had a great time. We look forward to another visit sometime in our future.”


“We had 7 in our group, and we all had a great time! The experience was different at each winery, and we enjoyed them all. Such a great way to drink wine at many places and not worry about driving! Jeff was a fantastic tour guide!”


“Thanks for the great evening we had a blast.”


“What a great way to experience to Bay View Wine Trail. My wife and I enjoyed our weekend getaway by starting with Vine Ride. Jeff was amazing, knowledgeable and fun. If you are looking for a great way to experience the ‘Tip of Mitt’ wine country there is no better, convenient, enjoyable and safe way to experience Pure Michigan ‘Wine’ country”


“My second experience was as great as the first. This one was a girls weekend. All of us can’t wait to come back again. Jeff was wonderful and we met some of the nicest people.”


“Thank you so much Jeff. You made our day today.”


“Booked a wine tour for a girls weekend. We had an awesome time. Jeff was so professional, polite but most important – FUN!!!! We loved the group of people that were on our tour. It is the best way to relax and have fun!!”


“Jeff was awesome! He was very informative. You could tell he really cared about his customers. He even gave everyone gift bags with food and water for the day. Not to mention he had a cooler with back up food for everybody. I would highly recommend and would definitely go back.” 


“Thanks for making our first winery tour so much fun!”


“We booked a wine tour with Vine Ride to Celebrate our family gathering. Jeff was a fantastic host and did a great job educating us on the area and on local vineyards before we arrived at each of 4 locations. He was prompt and provided us with goodie bags and snacks for the duration. It was a terrific experience!!”


“Jeff, this was outstanding! We’ll tell all our friends you’re the best!!”


“We would highly recommend Vine Ride! We had a great time and learned a lot! Our tour guide, Jeff, was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The complementary baggie full of snacks and other goodies was a total bonus. Good wine and good times! We will be back :-)”


“This was awesome! I’ve been on many different tours and what you do is the best, so thank you.”


“Used this service on good recommendation from the hotel.  We did a day tour, so visited four of the wineries around Petoskey.  We received a goodie bag with a granola bar, trail mix, and a bottle of water and there was also cold meat/cheeses and a veggie tray to eat if we wanted them (we ended up getting lunch at one of the wineries, so cannot comment on the cold snacks, but the granola bar was tasty).

The tour was well paced with 45 minutes to do a wine tasting at each winery.  You could tell there was a lot of thought put into the order of the wineries, as the most educational was first and the most relaxing/best views was last.  Also, one of the wineries we visited offered lunch and that came at just the right time as it had been a while since breakfast.

Our driver, Jeff, was very personable and was able to give information on the different wineries and what they offered.  The van seats up to 9, so you could rent it for a small group or drop in on a mixed tour (which is what we did).  He picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel, so we didn’t have to worry about driving (which is good, because when you do four wine tastings in four hours, you drink quite a lot!).”


“This was my second excellent experience. It is truly one of the best!” 


“We visited Petoskey for a weekend with friends who enjoy wine tasting. They booked Vine Ride for Saturday afternoon. Jeff was an excellent host and driver. He made sure we were comfortable and hydrated, and packed snacks for us to enjoy between stops. The pacing was perfect, and he brought us to a variety of excellent places. He had storage for our purchases in the van. Very happy with the service they provided and would do this again.”


“Listen, I’ve done other wine tours in California and Michigan. Your tour was the best of all of them!!”


“Many thanks for a wonderful and safe wine tour! The snacks and water that were provided were a great extra touch. They really think of everything and are very accommodating!”


“What a great experience! We all had a great time! My Mom already wants to let a couple of her friends know about your business.”


“My husband and I traveled to Petoskey for the weekend to celebrate our 5th anniversary. Another couple, good friends of ours, also went in celebration of her birthday. Since all of us have done wine tasting in other areas of MI we thought this would be fun to do. Jeff was a great tour guide! He has good knowledge of the wineries and knew in what order we should tour them. Providing us with snacks and water along the way was a major bonus!! We truly appreciated the hospitality!”


“We once did a wine tour in Traverse City. Yours is so much better! In Traverse City we felt like we were 2 of 30 people on a giant bus, being herded around like cattle. Whereas your wine tour is more cozy and comfortable. You provided a very thoughtful experience.”


“Thought it was a fun day.  Enjoyed the gift basket of treats. Your selection of wineries gave us a good variety to enjoy and critique. Will easily recommend you, enjoyed your thoughtfulness.”


“I took a chance not knowing anything about them but we were very pleased! Small groups and a comfy ride. I highly recommend them if you’re in the area. Jeff was knowledgeable and a terrific driver!”


“We had a wonderful time on this tour. Vine Ride left no stone unturned to make this a fun and relaxing experience. Many nice touches with the snacks, wine literature, and comfortable ride. We highly recommend!”


“I’ve been on a few wine tours down in Traverse City. Yours is the best by far!”


“We had a fantastic time! Thank you so much. I have a new appreciation for wines and wine country in northern Michigan.”


“We booked a wine tour with Vine Ride to celebrate a family members milestone birthday. I cannot express enough how enjoyable the experience was for all of us!! From the day we booked the tour right through till the end of the actual day of the tour, Jeff and Kassia went the extra mile to provide a personable and fun tour for us. They had the van decorated with birthday signs and they had complimentary cupcakes and snacks for us. Jeff was was so easy going. He gave us a little history on the area as we drove to the winery’s. He gave us a lot of suggestions for shopping and grabbing a bite to eat as well. It was easy to see the pride Jeff has with this region. Each winery we visited was a different experience from the other and they all had a friendly and engaging atmosphere. We recommend Vine Ride to anyone looking for a similar experience!! This would have worked perfectly for a large party as well, since we were a small party of 3. Thank you again Jeff and Kassia for adding so much to our day!”