CGT Blog

  1. 40 Years: A Look Back

    Posted June 27, 2014 in

    By Tricia Phelps This year Chateau Grand Traverse celebrates their 40th Anniversary. Since 1978 when founder Edward O’Keefe harvested his first commercial crop, the number of vineyards in the region has grown exponentially. Grape cultivation and wine production has developed an entire industry that was nearly nonexistent in the area forty years ago. Today, over […]

  2. 2013 Growing Season

    Posted June 20, 2014 in

    As we begin to release some 2013 vintage wines, we look back on the growing season that allowed us to produce some seriously crisp whites and well-balanced reds. The winter of 2013 was relatively mild with elevated temperatures and normal snowfall.  Spring was warm with sufficient rainfall allowing for healthy vine and bud development.  Moderate […]

  3. Cherry Wine goes worldwide

    Posted April 25, 2014 in

    After several years of planning and determination, we are beginning to see real success in our efforts to export our product, Cherry Wine, to China. This week, we are shipping a full container holding 660 cases of our Traverse Bay Winery Cherry Wine, destined for the port of Hong Kong, China. Eddie O’Keefe, President of Chateau […]

  4. Earth Day 2014

    Posted April 22, 2014 in

    At Chateau Grand Traverse, we’re proud to live, work, and grow in an environmentally conscious community.  Our family business is many things, but at the heart of it is agriculture, and without special care and consideration for our land, we wouldn’t be able to dedicate ourselves to our passion of winemaking. For us, environmental responsibility […]

  5. How many grapes does it take to make a bottle of wine?

    Posted October 30, 2016 in

    Each year, somebody will invariably ask us this same question… After years of not knowing, we put a calculator to the test. Check out our video for the results! SHOWING OUR WORK: 1 acre of grapes contains approximately 1075 vines. 1 vine contains approximately 30-40 clusters. 1 cluster contains about 130 grapes 4 clusters / […]

  6. Sitka, our resident winery dog in training

    Posted March 19, 2014 in

    Today we welcomed a new member to our Chateau Grand Traverse family. Meet Sitka, our resident winery dog in training. The Samoyed dog breed is a large part of our family history and our winery story. Since day one, Chateau Grand Traverse has always had dogs around the winery, and as a very important part of […]

  7. Winter Weather Advisory – OR NOT?

    Posted February 19, 2014 in

    Winemaker Addresses Harsh Weather Concerns It’s a well known fact that weather can severely affect the outcome of a grape harvest. Northern Michigan wineries have winters of all varieties, and in the past 40 years, CGT has always found a way to make the best out of each challenging scenario. Will the harsh winter weather affect […]

  8. 40th Anniversary Renovation: A (tasting room) face lift!

    Posted January 1, 2014 in

    Some get a sports car when they turn 40. Others, a face lift. For our 40th, the face lift is in the form of a brand new tasting room and outdoor patio, ready to be enjoyed in June 2014. Chateau Grand Traverse is excited to announce a major redevelopment of our winery. The first total remodel […]

  9. CGT Interview with iWineRadio

    Posted January 29, 2014 in

    Interview: Sean O’Keefe, January 24, 2014 We’re excited to share our passion for winemaking at any moment, and were able to share some insight recently during an interview with Lynn Chamberlain of iWineRadio. Sean O’Keefe represents Chateau Grand Traverse and Northern Michigan wineries in general in this segment. Sean is our Vice President and is […]

  10. Winter Special at The Inn at CGT

    Posted January 16, 2014 in

    Looking for a winter getaway? Look no further. Chateau Grand Traverse would like to extend a warm welcome to visit and stay with us this winter. Old Mission Peninsula and the Traverse City area are bustling with winter activities, from snowshoeing to, of course, wine tasting. During the months of January, February, and March, book […]

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