CGT Blog

  1. Weekend Wine Down with Pico and Chown

    Sunday, October 11th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm Join Miriam Pico and David Chown on the Patio at CGT for live music, stunning views, and wine by the glass. The brand new patio at CGT sits directly adjacent to our tasting room overlooking the vineyards – perfect for a completely relaxing Sunday afternoon. We have recently […]

  2. CGT Wines of the Great Outdoors

    Supporting Michigan’s State Parks, Trails, and Waterways Chateau Grand Traverse is proud to announce a partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as we bring the best of Michigan’s natural resources – agricultural and recreational – together for the benefit of our residents and visitors. CGT winemaker Bernd Croissant has crafted these wines in three of our most popular styles […]

  3. Q & A: Eddie O’Keefe

    Posted April 2, 2015 in

    Name: Eddie O’Keefe Job Title: President So… what does “Winery President” mean? I am not one that is big on titles, especially in the wine business.  Certainly a title needs to be used in formal situations, but in day to day affairs around the winery, it often needs to be set aside.  Being a winery […]

  4. Sean O’Keefe Winery Departure

    Posted December 9, 2014 in

    Dear Friends of CGT, I would like to inform you that Sean O’Keefe will be leaving Chateau Grand Traverse (CGT) effective January 1, 2015. Although Sean will continue as a stockholder and occasional advisor to the winery, he will be transitioning to the full-time position as winemaker at the new Villa Mari Vineyards (VM) projected […]

  5. Harvest 2014: A Look Forward

    Posted October 7, 2014 in

    Michigan Wines: State of Affairs The harsh and cold winter of 2013 – 2014 was rough on many Michigan crops, not to exclude wine grapes. After 40 years of adapting to the ever-changing and unpredictable weather patterns of Northern Michigan, we have developed strategies to deal with such variables. Last week, the Michigan Grape & Wine […]

  6. Behind the Scenes: Mission Main Street

    Posted September 23, 2014 in

    This summer, Chateau Grand Traverse was selected to be featured in a national ad campaign produced by Chase Bank. The campaign launched nation wide in print, digital, and radio advertisements on September 22. This August, the O’Keefe family spent a week in the spotlight of camera crews, showcasing the beautiful views and facilities that we […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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 […]

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