Because it’s the grapes which make the wine
Estate & Grower Vineyards
The Old Mission Peninsula AVA is an American Viticultural Area, established by Chateau Grand Traverse and located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. The area is now known for well-regarded Michigan wine. The Old Mission Peninsula extends northward from Traverse City into the Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan, ending at Old Mission Point. The peninsula is 19 miles (31 km) long by 3 miles (5 km) wide at its widest point. The climate on the peninsula is moderated by the surrounding waters (500 feet deep), helping to prevent frost during the growing season.
Red Grape Varieties
|Total Red||21.4 Acres||8.5 Acres||29.9 Acres|
White Grape Varieties
|Total White||102.3 Acres||75.8 Acres||178.1 Acres|
Geology & Climate
Soil: Loamy Sand/Glacial Till, pH of 7.2-8.0 pH
Elevation: 640-850 feet
Latitude: Chateau Grand Traverse vineyards lie directly on the 45° North Parallel.
Terrain: Vineyards are located primarily on southwest/west facing hillsides along the central ridge of the Old Mission Peninsula.
Heat Units: 5-Year Average = 2260 Degree Days (+50°F)
Growing Season: 145-160 days
Precipitation: 5-Year Average = 24.69“
Snowfall: 80.0“ Average
21 acres: 35+ years
15 acres: 18-24 years
143 acres: 8-13 years
27 acres: 5 years or less
In a normal year, yields will exceed 700 tons, averaging an approximate 3.5 tons per acre.