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“Wine vineyard” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chateau Grand Traverse Winery

Chateau Grand Traverse Winery
12239 Center Road, Traverse City, MI 49686
+1 231-223-7355
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Wine tasting
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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.
Waterford, Michigan
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“Wine vineyard”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This vineyard has a beautiful view and grounds. A nice gift shop and a great selection of wines to sample and purchase. Restrooms are available. You can purchase a glass of wine and sit outside on their lovely patio. Prices of wines range from $6.00 to $40.00 or more. Tastings are not reasonably priced. There is no food for purchase. Not a place for children or pets.

Visited August 2014
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Ann Arbor, MI
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“Nicely Remodeled Facility”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

While there was about a 15 min wait for the line on a Saturday afternoon, I found it well organized and service very good. The $3 wine tasting was one of the cheaper wineries for 6 samples. For the reserved selections, it is $5. You can use the $3 towards the purchase. The facility was clean, well lite, new, very nice. I believe there are tours by the hour though we did not go.

Visited August 2014
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Cleveland
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“Nice winery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We visited them in mid July right after the cherry festival concluded.It was a rainy day so we had to look for indoor activities. Many others also had the same idea. We waited in line for maybe 20 minutes before making it to the head of the line.One of the staff was processing tasting choices as we waited in line. Our server was knowledgeable about their wines and suggested an order for our tasting. The wine with the strongest flavor was last.

The main reason we went there was that they sell pure cherry wine. We sampled it and bought several bottles. They credit you for the cost of the tasting against you purchases.

Visited July 2014
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Okemos, Michigan
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“Service was disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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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Elizabeth S, Public Relations Manager at Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
Hello,

My sincerest apologies for the negative experience with our tasting room staff during your visit. In our tasting room, each customer is our top priority and we strive to create excellent experiences for everyone that takes the time to visit us. We take these reviews seriously and appreciate them as they act as a guide for bettering every future experience.

If you'd be willing to share any other information about the visit that might help us correct the problem, please email esmith@cgtwines.com. We pride ourselves on maintaining a well trained and knowledgeable staff, but recognize that there is always room for improvement.

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the wine, views, and our new tasting room. The space is newly renovated and we are clearly still working out some of the kinks that come along with a big change.

I hope that you'll visit us again next time you are on Old Mission for a better tasting experience.
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Illinois
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“Great Visit....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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 weather didnt permit beach time and the website offered good insights on what to expect. On reaching there it didn't disappoint.

We did wine tasting and had no lines, our server was knowledgeable but a little to fast. It took some time for me to get the lingo. We checked the shop.....the best part was the different flavors of salsa, spreads and sauces you get. So fresh and worth a buy. I would buy them if you don't want to buy the wine. They also offer winery tour every 2 hrs. Call ahead to confirm the time. Its complimentary to do the tour!

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