Chateau Grand Traverse


Located atop one of the most picturesque settings on Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula sits the winery and vineyards of Chateau Grand Traverse. Founded in 1974 by Edward O’Keefe, Chateau Grand Traverse is family-owned and operated and the oldest and largest commercial winery and vineyard operation in northern Michigan.

Chateau Grand Traverse focuses its emphasis on ten key European vinifera grape varieties: Riesling, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, and Gewürztraminer. Their 100% European vinifera vineyards marked the first commercial planting of these premium grape varieties in our State. Today, Chateau Grand Traverse produces approximately 80,000 cases of wine per year. Check with Siema office for current vintages

Pinot Grigio

Bright and fresh with white flower and lemon citrus aromas. Green apple and pear flavors intertwined with wet stone and bright acidity on the finish. Pairs amazing with oysters, raw fish, seared scallops and pesto chicken.

Ship of Fools White Pinot Blend, Old Mission Peninsula

Blend of all three Pinot grapes: 60% Pinot Blanc, 35% Pinot Gris, 5% Pinot Noir. Dry and crisp with notes of Asian pear, apricot and lemongrass. Round and smooth finish. Pairs amazing with oysters, raw fish, and green salads.

Riesling Whole Cluster, Old Mission Peninsula

Whole cluster designates a wine made by gently pressing handpicked grape clusters “whole” without any mechanical de-stemming or crushing. This labor-intensive method minimizes skin contact with the juice, and helps produce a finely structured wine without any distracting phenolic bitterness in the finish. The wine is very ripe and reminiscent of a German Spätlese. Notes of green apple, ripe peach and lime zest intertwined with wet stone and a balanced finish. Pair with oysters, raw fish and spicy Asian curry.

Riesling Semi-Dry

A very versatile semi-dry Riesling with loads of citrus and ripe peach notes followed by balanced sweetness and acidity on the finish. Great with spicy Asian curry, barbecue and green salads with fruit.

Gamay Noir, Old Mission Peninsula

The great grape of Beaujolais, Gamay Noir, has adapted well to the climate of Northern Michigan producing a lighter-bodied, aromatic, fruity red wine with distinct tart cherry, red plum and black pepper flavors. With 4 months of barrel aging, it is lighter than traditional red wines making a versatile wine for cheese and breads, grilled salmon, roasted duckling, or wild mushroom pizza.

Sweet Traverse Red NV

A super fun semi-sweet red blend of Merlot, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir and Pinot Meunier. Bright and juicy with notes of ripe cherry, plum and vanilla spice. Serve slightly chilled for a great summer sipper!

Traverse Bay Spiced Cherry Wine, (Seasonal)

Cherry wine with natural flavors of cinnamon, clove, orange, and lemon peel. The resulting wine is a classic “Mulled” or “Gluhwein.” Enjoy as a warm-up beverage or with soda water or ginger ale for a lighter taste.

Cherry Reserve Port NV

This is a port-style fruit dessert wine made from pure Northern Michigan cherries. Aged for 18 months in small oak barrels, it reveals fragrant cherry aromas mixed with caramel and vanilla spice. Fresh cherry juice is added to sweeten and further integrate flavors and create smooth balance. Enjoy after dinner with dense chocolates, robust cheeses, or fresh roasted nuts.