Bel Lago Ventures, LLC
Wine - Cellars/Tasting RoomsWine -Vineyard,GrapeGrowers
Bel Lago was founded by Charles Edson and his wife, Amy Iazone, and family. Bel Lago, in Italian, means ‘beautiful lake’, for which the tasting room is nestled on the hills of. The first vines were planted in the late 1980’s on this site, just north of Cedar. In the early 90’s the vineyard was expanded with a land purchase in Northern Leelanau Peninsula, off of Houdek Rd. These two growing sites are beautiful south-west facing slopes that grow grapes which exude bright minerality and balanced acid along with strong fruit characteristics.
In 2018, The Heekin Family purchased 100 acres that was formerly Longview Vineyard and Winery, north of Leland. The land is adjacent to Bel Lago’s North Vineyard, and the vines were being cared for by the Bel Lago Vineyard Crew. Bel Lago Winery was currently for sale during that period and was also purchased by John Heekin and his wife, Lynn. French Valley Vineyard was also available for purchase and in 2019 John and Lynn made the bold move to add French Valley Vineyard to the family. Bel Lago and French Valley have had a long-standing relationship in regard to the quality and care that goes into producing extremely beautiful estate grown grapes, in addition to producing wine that has notoriety across the industry, both locally and nationally.
French Valley Vineyard opened for the 2021 season with a brand new, state of the art tasting room. The Barn at French Valley has been a sought after site for hosting private events and continues to be an exquisite venue for weddings and private parties for up to 400 people.