Winery FAQ’s

WINE TASTING & TOURS QUESTIONS

Q:  Do you charge for Wine Tasting?

We offer a signature wine tasting for $3.00 and a reserve wine tasting for $5.00. Although we do now charge for tasting, we also understand that our guests would like to visit several wineries and that the wine tasting experience can become costly. Therefore, we offer a purchase credit, allowing our guests to redeem their tasting fee upon the purchase of a bottle of wine. We are also proud to offer complimentary wine tours year round.

Q:  When is the best time to visit your Tasting Room?

Our winery tasting room is open daily, year-round.  If you are looking for a quiet afternoon with one-on-one assistance with our knowledgeable Tasting Room servers, then we recommend anytime Monday-Thursday.  If you are looking for a lot of interaction with other visitors and a more festive atmosphere, we recommend visiting on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 1pm-4pm.  From mid-September through late October, our tasting room is very busy, especially on weekends.  If you plan to visit during these times, we recommend that you arrive early or late in the day when it isn’t as busy.

Q:  What is the best wine you make at Chateau Grand Traverse?

Simply stated…the best wine we make is the wine you like best!

Q:  What is the price range of your wines?

Our regular wines range in price from around $ 9.00 to $ 30.00 and we offer quantity discounts.  Certain specialty or rare wines can be considerably higher.  We are often noted for offering excellent wines, great service and very reasonable prices.

Q:  Do you offer anything else besides wine?

Our winery tasting room has plenty to offer visitors besides wine.  We have a fantastic assortment of high-quality foods, wine paraphernalia, glassware, trinkets and specialty items.  Many guests comment on the quality and variety of items we offer.

Q:  Can I bring my kids to the winery?

Well behaved kids are always welcome on the grounds but need to be closely attended to by parents at all times.  We do not have a playground or offer activities for children, so please consider bringing quiet activities to keep them entertained.  Children are allowed in the winery and on our tours.  Anyone under the age of 21 cannot drink, even with a parent’s consent.  We also cannot allow children to be at the bar during tastings.

Q:  Can we bring our pet to Chateau Grand Traverse?

You are more than welcome to bring your pet along, as long as it is on a leash and you pick up after it.  Please respect, however, that no pets are allowed inside the winery, tasting room or on the Patio.  Of course we will accommodate any assistance dogs.  If your pet is causing a disturbance for other customers, you will be asked to leave.

Q:  Do you have any suggestions to make my wine tasting experience better?

To have the best wine tasting experience, it is important to be open-minded and be willing to try new wines.  Our servers are experienced and well informed and will help you discover new tastes and styles.  Try to have a clean palate and avoid wearing heavy perfume, eating mints, smoking, consuming sweet beverages/candy/ice cream, and spicy foods before tasting.  As a courtesy to all, please turn off your cell phone when entering our tasting room.

Q:  Do you offer quantity discounts?

Yes, we offer 10% off on 6-11 bottles, 15% off 1-2 Cases, 20% off on 3-4 cases, and 25% on 5+ cases

Q:  Do you have a wine club?

Yes, click here for more information. 

Q:  Do you offer private labels?

No.  We’ve worked decades to establish our reputation and we only like to put our label on the bottle.

Q:  Are your facilities handicapped accessible?

Yes. We have handicapped spaces available in our upper and lower parking lots. We suggest, however, that anyone needing assistance be dropped off near the upper side of the tasting room first – the lower parking lot would require a short walk uphill and around the front entrance. Our main tasting room also has a handicapped accessible tasting bar.

WINERY TOUR QUESTIONS

Q:  Do I need to make a reservation for a tour?

No reservations are required.  We generally offer 5 tours daily, 12-4 pm on each hour.  The tour schedule varies daily and we recommend you check our posted times in our tasting room.

Q:  How long does a winery tour last?

Most tours last approximately 20 minutes.

Q:  What should I expect to see on a tour? 

We offer a guided tour that is both informative as well as entertaining.  We like to begin all tours at our vineyard overlook deck providing panoramic vineyard and water views.  Here, we will highlight some of our winery history as well as outline some of our growing practices and grape styles.  The tour will proceed into our winemaking facilities with demonstrations of grape receiving, pressing, fermentation, fining, barrel aging and the bottling procedure.

Q:  Is there a lot of walking or standing?

Although we like to keep the group moving, there is a need to walk and stand on a hard surface.  In addition, the winery can be cold and the floor may be wet.

Q:  Is the tour suitable for children?

We certainly welcome children and hope they find the tour interesting.  Since the topics can be a bit technical and serious, smaller children may not be interested.

Q:  Is the tour barrier free?

We can always accommodate anyone in a wheelchair or scooter.  There are no stairs to climb during the tour but hoses or barrels can sometimes be in the way.  Due to the floor being wet at many times, it is important to have good footing and stability.

EATING & DRINKING QUESTIONS

Q:  Can I bring outside alcohol to Chateau Grand Traverse?

ABSOLUTELY NOT!  Outside alcohol is strictly prohibited by the Michigan Liquor Control anywhere on Chateau Grand Traverse property.  This activity could jeopardize our license.  Any outside alcohol that is brought onto the property will be confiscated, or you will be asked to leave immediately.

Q:  Do you offer wine by the glass?

We do offer wine by the glass. Glass prices range from $5 – $10 depending on the wine.

Q:  Do you have a restaurant on-site?

No.  We do not regularly serve food or have a restaurant on-site.  There are a number of excellent restaurants near our winery.

Q:  Do you allow guests to have picnics at your facilities?

Outside food is not permitted.  We’re sorry, but at this time we do not provide facilities, glassware and clean-up for guests to picnic at our winery.  There are a number of nearby parks and beaches to enjoy this activity.

Q:  Is smoking allowed at Chateau Grand Traverse?

No smoking is allowed inside, outside the winery, or in the vineyards at Chateau Grand Traverse.

AREA LODGING & TRAVEL QUESTIONS

Q:  What hotels are nearby Chateau Grand Traverse?

We offer a beautiful 6 room winery Inn.   If this isn’t what you’re seeking, there are several great hotels in the area.  The best source of information is traversecity.com

Q:  What is there to see or do on Old Mission Peninsula?

The Old Mission Peninsula offers 8 wineries, 7 restaurants and bars, numerous beaches, parks, boating, lighthouse and historical attractions, scenery, camping, friendly people, hiking/biking/cross country skiing/snow shoeing trails.  It’s a great motorcycle or convertible cruise.  It’s a popular destination for road bikers.

WEDDINGS & LARGE GROUP FUNCTIONS

 Q:  Do you host weddings or large group gatherings at Chateau Grand Traverse?

No.  First, we are growers and producers of fine wine and this is our main business focus.   Secondly, our Peninsula Township ordinance makes it difficult to hold these types of events on a regular basis.  Lastly, the dates and times that most people choose to hold their event tends to conflict with our busiest days in our tasting room.

FINDING CHATEAU GRAND TRAVERSE WINES

Q:  Can I find your wine in stores or restaurants?

Yes!  We are currently carried in many restaurants and retailers.  Click here for our Locator to find a store or restaurant in your area that carries our wines.

Q:  Do you ship wine?

Yes!  Click here to view our Shipping Policy.

GENERAL WINE QUESTIONS

Q:  Do your wines contain sulfites?

Yes.  Sulfites are a natural by‐product of the fermentation process.  Otherwise known as sulfur dioxide, it is a compound that is naturally produced in winemaking and is found in virtually every wine.   Our winemaker may add very small amounts of additional sulfites to the wine since it does much to protect the wine.  It inhibits unwanted bacteria and yeast growth.  It is also an antioxidant, which keeps the wine fresh.  Sulfites slow the oxidation process, helping preserve the wine’s flavor as it ages.  All wines made from fruit (including grapes) naturally contain sulfites.  Only meads – wines made from honey – are sulfite-free.

The TTB, Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (formerly the BATF, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms), requires that no more than 300 ppm (parts per million) or 0.03% of sulfites, be added to wines.   Our wines average approximately 180 ppm or 0.018%.

Q:  How many calories/carbohydrates are in a glass of wine?

On average, a 5 ounce glass of dry wine contains about 125 calories and 3-5 grams of carbohydrate.  If the wine is much sweeter in style it could be around 250 calories per glass and 12-16 grams carbohydrate.


DONATION REQUESTS

Q:  Will you donate wine toward our non-profit fundraising event?

Chateau Grand Traverse is proud to support local and non-profit organizations on an annual basis. Due to the overwhelming amount of donation requests received, we are unable to give to each event or organization.  If you are looking for a donation, please fill out this Donation Request Form and return to the winery with a formal request at least one month before the event date.  You can fax or mail the form, or email to esmith@cgtwines.com. Thank you for thinking of us!

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