Leelanau Uncorked

Bel Lago Winery

Leelanau Uncorked is a work created by the winemakers at Bel Lago Winery in Cedar, MI. We used roughly 13,500 corks to create a map of Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula and the surrounding area, which took more than 30 hours to complete. Our intention with the work is to pay respect to the land and location which allows us to produce complex wines rich with Michigan character. As such, we paid close attention to detail to make the piece as accurate as possible. In addition to featuring many small inland lakes, the piece includes North and South Manitou Islands, the North Manitou Shoal Lighthouse, M-22 and M-72, Glen Lake, Lake Leelanau, West and East Arm Grand Traverse Bay, Old Mission Peninsula, Power Island, Elk Lake and Torch Lake. All the land is comprised of unused natural corks, the roads were built with unused synthetic corks and all the water is represented with used red wine corks. Following ArtPrize, the piece will continue to be displayed in Bel Lago Winery's tasting room.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2.5 inches
  • Medium: Wine corks & wood
  • Width: 10 feet
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 5 feet

About Bel Lago Winery

Leelanau Uncorked was conceived and lead by Bel Lago Winery's head winemaker Blake Lougheed with the assistance of winemaker Kyle Leppek. Bel Lago Winery opened in 1999 on Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula and sits across from Lake Leelanau near Cedar, MI. Bel Lago grows more than 100 grape varieties on 37 acres and produces award-winning wines and cider.