Chateau Grand Traverse is as much a colorful story of our founder Ed O’Keefe Jr., as it is of the winery itself. Like many mavericks in the wine industry, it was a rather indirect route that ultimately led an Irishman from Philadelphia to northern Michigan to start a winery. An Olympic gymnast (runner-up); Army Green […]
Eddie is the President of Chateau Grand Traverse, Ltd. and leads the business side of the operation. Eddie’s enthusiasm for wine began at an early age while tagging along with his father as a young kid in establishing the area’s first commercial winery and vineyard producing vinifera grapes. He then spent his summers at the […]
Bernd grew up in Edenkoben, Rheinland–Pfalz, Germany at his parent’s vineyards and winery located 25 miles north of the French border in the Palatinate. As a child, Bernd assisted his father in the vineyards and winery through each year’s harvest. In 1975 he began his formal wine training and apprenticeship earning his “Journeyman in Viticulture […]
Terrie is the Operations Manager at the winery and is the “go to” person for almost anything. She was originally hired as a tractor driver and vineyard worker back in 1987, and has moved through the winery having worked in the retail tasting room, wine production area, as well as the front office. In 1995, […]
Alan was born and raised in Traverse City graduating from Traverse City Senior High and later the University of Michigan. He is a licensed CPA since 1995. He has worked as an accountant in Traverse City since 1991 and joined Chateau Grand Traverse in April 2008. “I like the dynamics of a family-owned business and […]
Rhonda began her career in the wine industry working for various Wine Wholesalers throughout the mid-Michigan area. After 22 years working in many different capacities, Rhonda broke away and started her own wine brokerage company called BevNet Marketing in 1998. She successfully represented and built new markets for a few national and imported brands throughout the region. […]
Hiro has been a core member of Chateau Grand Traverse since his return from Japan in 2000. He is responsible for day-to-day coordination of tasting room operations, and is the key liaison directly involved with customers who visit the winery for tours and tasting. He enjoys interactions with novice as well as experienced wine tasters, and […]
Michael has deep roots in Northern Michigan having family homesteads in Cedar on the Leelanau Peninsula. After graduating with his M.F.A. from Indiana University in 1997 he returned to the area bringing back a broad base of skills and experiences. The skills acquired were developed by holding such positions as Artist, Art Director, Teacher, and […]
Ann is the newest member of the team at CGT, hired on as Hospitality Coordinator. She hails from Norwich, New York but has called Traverse City her home since graduating with her bachelors in Culinary Arts and Service Management from Paul Smith’s College in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in 2005. Her role includes […]
Ken is our Vintage Wine Club manager and joined Chateau Grand Traverse in 2005 after 32 years of service to IBM in New York state. Amongst his other duties, Ken coordinates all functions related to our Wine Club, and is often called upon to assist in various other functions here at the winery. His BS […]
Jolene, a member of a local farming family, grew up on the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula, just down the road from the winery. Drawing from her strong family roots, she has always taken interest in the local farming industry. Jolene joined the CGT team in 2013, and has worked her way up from a Tasting Room Representative, to […]
Born and raised in Traverse City, Elizabeth has a love for the outdoors and continues to find new ways to enjoy the beauty of her hometown. Elizabeth graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 and is excited to be continuing her career at home. At the winery, she manages e-commerce, social media, website design & content, marketing […]
Peter was originally employed in construction and was involved in building an addition onto our winery. He observed the winemaking process and found it to be an interesting occupation and applied for a position. Since then, Peter has been a key member of Chateau Grand Traverse winemaking team. He is responsible for the operation and maintenance of our bottling line […]
Ron comes from strong agricultural background having worked his whole life on Old Mission Peninsula with cherries, apples and grapes. Ron is our equipment “Artist” in his ability to maintain, fix, or operate a multitude of complex farm and vineyard equipment. In farming, Ron is a rare breed with his ability to get the job done despite, […]
Joe is quiet and meticulous and works hard to get the many jobs done within our winery operation. He is directly involved in all aspects of winemaking from harvest to bottling. Joe’s favorite part of the job is being instrumental in transforming each year’s grapes into beautiful finished wine ready to enjoy. Joe has a bachellor’s degree in English and […]
Adam joined the CGT team in 2013 as a harvest intern. He quickly took a liking to the wine industry and its production process. Adam is currently a full time cellar assistant and partakes in all of the “behind the scenes” aspects of winemaking. In his spare time, Adam enjoys spending time outdoors hunting and fishing with […]
Mark has been a key man at Chateau Grand Traverse through our many growth phases over the past few decades. Mark’s current responsibility is for the shipping and warehousing of all of the products we produce. Whether it is wine to be placed in our tasting room or product to be shipped to our distributors, he is the […]
Pablo oversees daily activities in the vineyard. His primary duties include pruning, vine maintenance, harvest and general upkeep. Pablo is married and has three children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family as well as serious vegetable gardening with a specialty in tomatoes and assorted peppers.
Kevin rejoined our team in 2013 as a Vineyard Supervisor. He was previously employed at CGT in our winemaking production area from 2007 to 2009. With the love of being in the outdoors and a background in horticulture and agriculture, he is a valuble asset in our vineyard operations.
Sitka is the newest member at Chateau Grand Traverse and follows in the long line of Samoyeds in the family. He can be found chewing on anything left around the office, greeting guests at our Winery Inn, or cheering on the Michigan State Spartans. Sitka joined the winery team in March of 2014 and quickly […]
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