This year Chateau Grand Traverse celebrates their 40th Anniversary, and we’re happy that CGT has allowed us to share this feature for a “Throw Back Thursday” about one of our area’s wine pioneers as anticipation builds for the first City of Riesling next weekend (July 27-29, 2014).
“When I founded Chateau Grand Traverse in 1974, I knew that my determination to produce world-class Riesling wines in northern Michigan would create controversy, draw cynics, and ultimately revolutionize the Michigan wine industry.”
~EDWARD O’KEEFE JR., Founder
by Tricia Phelps
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 thirty wineries exist between the Leelanau & Old Mission Peninsulas and the wines they produce are starting to gain recognition worldwide.