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Chateau Grand Traverse Winery

12239 Center Road, Traverse City, MI 49686
+1 231-223-7355
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Ranked #11 of 55 activities in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wineries
Activities: Wine tasting
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... more » 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. « less
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Okemos, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The view and wine room were beautiful. The wine fabulous. Our server almost totally ignored me. She was knowledgeable as she had great conversation with the ladies next to me, wish she would have shared that with me.

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Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The drive from Traverse City to this place should be one of the reasons you should go here. You get to see the whole traverse bay and go through the narrow curves and turns as the wind blows through you. After reading couple of negative reviews I still wanted to try the place. The reason we did that was the... More

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Princeton, Illinois, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This winery has a beautiful tasting area with a gorgeous view. They charge a small fee for 6 samples, but the fee is applied to any purchase that you make afterwards. The wine was awesome, reasonable priced and had several versions that incorporated the fruit that the regions is known for - the cherry. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit as... More

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Beulah, Michigan, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This was one of our 7 stops on a chauffeured wine tour (myself & future daughter-in-law). We were told they just redid their tasting room. Wow, really?!! What a waste of time. Apparently they moved their bar from the side of the room to the back. We waited in line for 20 minutes to finally be escorted to this enormous... More

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Elizabeth S, Owner at Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, responded to this review

We apologize for your negative experience during your recent winery visit. Not only do we pride ourselves on our many great wines, but we also to strive to provide the best customer service possible. As a northern Michigan resident, I am sure you can appreciate that the National Cherry Festival week can be exceptionally busy time with thousands of out... More

Medford, Oregon
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We stopped by here knowing this was the winery that started things on the peninsula. We walked in and were shown to a line. It was odd as they have a big tasting room but a small tasting bar. Their focus was more on merchandise than wine tasting it seems. We waited for a little while in line and finally... More

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Elizabeth S, Public Relations Manager at Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, as we take our customers' feedback very seriously. We apologize that you did not have the opportunity to taste our wines due to a negative experience, and am going to share this feedback with our tasting room staff as we are constantly trying to find ways to improve... More

Tecumseh, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Chateau Grand Traverse has an awesome late harvest Riesling and some other nice wines to sample. I recommend taking the wine tour, which is free and interesting. Also, there is a beautiful view behind the winery.

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Holland, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Our second wine tasting experience; found a few nice wines here, but service could have been more timely. A group of 8-10 had started tasting before we arrived so we patiently waited at the counter while she worked with them, but after a fairly long wait my husband decided to take a seat outside on the patio and catch a... More

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Boyne City, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Great service, large selection of wines to taste. The only thing I don't like about this winery is that it seems a little "cold" and commercialized. But that is how many of them feel on Old Mission, compared to Leelenau. All in all, worth the stop!

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michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We enjoyed their wines, but the Ship of Fools was by far our favorite. Beware the tasting room is under construction so be patient while you wait. Can not wait to see the new room! Congrats on being open 40 years!

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Akron, Ohio
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102 reviews 102 reviews
38 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

This property looks prosperous, as does most of the "peninsula". We stopped in after a hot afternoon in early August at the lighthouse and rocky beach at the 45th Parallel. The winery sales room is beautiful, clean and modern. Unfortunately, there were a few old smokers from a tour bus outside on the patio smelling up the joint - GROSS!... More

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