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Chateau Grand Traverse Winery

Address: 12239 Center Road, Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone Number: +1 231-223-7355
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Ranked #17 of 77 Activities in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Activities: Wine tasting
Owner description: One of the first family wineries in Michigan, the O'Keefe family has been producing world-class...
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Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Activities: Wine tasting
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: One of the first family wineries in Michigan, the O'Keefe family has been producing world-class quality wines on Old Mission Peninsula since 1974. As the pioneers in growing vinifera grapes in northern Michigan, their mission is to create expressive, classic-style wines while incorporating sustainable growing practices in their 125 acres of estate vineyards plus 60 acres under contract. Chateau Grand Traverse continues to define the Michigan wine industry with their award-winning Riesling wines as well as many other styles. The winery is open daily, year-round, offering wine tasting and free wine tours.
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michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is a very nice spot to visit and buy some excellent white wines. The whites are particularly good, very much like wines grown along the Rhine. Forget the reds. No matter how much they tell you the reds are good, be sure to try before you buy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Enjoyed the tastings and the friendly courteous staff. Sampled 6 wines along with detailed descriptions from the server.

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Wixom, Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We always enjoy the wines from Chateau Grand Traverse. So, when we unexpectedly found ourselves in the Traverse City area last weekend, we decided to take a fast drive over to their tasting room on the Old Mission Peninsula. The visit was worthwhile, but the experience was somewhat diminished by the waiting line (see below). However, we were glad to... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is my favorite wine so I was pleased to take the tour and do a tasting. The tour is free and the tasting fee comes off of your wine purchase. Beautiful location and definitely worth it.

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Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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127 reviews 127 reviews
41 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

...with a cranky man behind the tasting counter. He was not awful but did not enhance the experience. We kind of felt like we were bothering him. In spite of this, it is worth a visit because the tasting room is just beautiful and very elegant. The wine was also good and we did buy one bottle. This may not... More 

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Pine Grove, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Besides the great wine, the views are to die for!! I don't like red wines, but they had one, "Nice Red" that was very good. Don't forget to stop here.

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Longmont, Colorado
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171 reviews 171 reviews
34 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This place has been here for years and knows what they're doing in the wine business. Good selection of Michigan wines and a small charge for tasting.

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Lakewood, Colorado
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85 reviews 85 reviews
43 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I am not a wine drinker but I am willing to try. I am glad wineries have tasting sheets with all the descriptions about the different wines or I wouldn't know what to do. The building and showroom are beautiful. The women who helped us were so nice. We bought 2 wines and a CGT sweatshirt, beautiful color, good fit... More 

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Midland, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We made reservations for our party of 12 but arrived a bit early so we took the winery tour. It was really interesting and the tour guide was great! We could not visit the barrel room so we were a little bummed. When we got back the hostess informed us that our "reservation" just let them know that we would... More 

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Lake Villa, Illinois
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Just made a special trip back to this winery to get some of our favorite wines. When it comes to wine tasting, this place does it right. They have 2 tiers $3 and $5 depending on the types of wines you like, and you get a coupon for either $3 or $5 to use when you buy some wine. The... More 

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