How French Valley Vineyard Helps Families In Its Community

Supporting the community they serve is something you see often with wineries, especially in the Midwest, and French Valley Vineyard is no exception.

What do you do when you have what’s essentially an ideal cross country track on your site for runners, and you have a local charity that needs to host a fundraiser?

The answer was simple for French Valley Vineyard, a Leelanau County, Michigan winery that began in early 2000 when it planted the first five acres of vines — you let folks run a 5K at your winery.

As an added bonus, you give racers from all over the state a chance to see your grounds (during peak fall color season) and your tasting room.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming all the racers and the Leelanau Montessori Community to French Valley,” said Julie Lopata, Tasting Room and Events Manager. “We love families and are thrilled to have the space to host this fun event.” 

The race is being held by the Leelanau Montessori Forever Foundation, and it’s a first for the vineyard. The event is being held to raise funds for the Leelanau Montessori school community.

In 2020, thanks to COVID-19, the race was a virtual format that had a disappointing turnout compared to previous years.

But a vineyard jog might give it a proverbial shot in the arm, no vaccine puns intended.

 “Last year our race was virtual and we are so excited to be back doing a live race with the community,” said Dani Geraci, LMFF Foundation President. “We are grateful for the location and community support.”

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