Awesome Mitten-Chateau Chantal

Chateau Chantal

Awesome Mitten-Chateau Chantal
Photo courtesy of Brian Confer

Nestled in the rolling hills of Old Mission Peninsula, Chateau Chantal winery and vineyard commands a gorgeous view of the sparkling blue Grand Traverse Bay and Power Island. The winery has produced 65 award winning wines of such a caliber in the past three years that Chateau Chantal is now considered one of the best wineries in Michigan and beyond. Their 2011 Late Harvest Riesling won a double gold at the 2012 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition. You can try their wines yourself at the Chateau Chantal’s year-round tasting room.

“We offer three complimentary tastes and have additional tastings or wine flights for an additional charge,” explains Marie-Chantal Dalese, the Director of Marketing. “We also offer wine bottles, and a selection of Michigan cheeses and snacks from our ‘Pairing Bar’ in the tasting room.”

Awesome Mitten-Chateau Chantal
Photo courtesy of Marie-Chantal Dalese

Chateau Chantal was founded in 1993 and its popularity has soared ever since. Last year 75,000 glasses of wine were tasted in the tasting room with more to come in this year’s Tapas Tour. The Tapas Tour is a two hour tour of the vineyards and winery. At the end each guest receives tapas style snacks and a taste of Chantal wine.

“We are proud of offer a diverse array of different wine styles to suit many palates,” says Dalese, “from dry, sparkling, sweet, dessert, and everything in between.”

Not only is Chateau Chantal an award winning winery, it’s also a bed and breakfast. Imagine spending the night in this magnificent estate and waking up to those phenomenal views. Amazing, right? And yet it keeps getting better. Chateau Chantal can also host your wedding or vow renewals. What bride wouldn’t love that?

“We truly have a beautiful location here that is photographed regularly,” Dalese says. “Most recently we played host to a Pure Michigan Day with Chef Mario Batali cooking in our kitchen and being broadcast across the nation to show the beauty of Michigan.”

Chateau Chantal also takes pride in the Traverse City area and does what they can to care for the environment.

Awesome Mitten-Chateau Chantal
Photo courtesy of Brian Confer

“We are committed to preserving and advancing the regional quality of life by providing an agritourism option that is an economically sound vehicle for land preservation and family farm preservation, set in a unique tourism destination that enhances the regional reputation for beauty, quality and hospitality,” Dalese says proudly.

The final touch that makes Chateau Chantal worth visiting is their superb staff that welcomes you like family.

“Our staff make each experience memorable,” Dalese says. “We have many customers and B&B guests that come back year after year, asking for the same staff to help them. It’s about personal connection.”

To start getting connected, check out Chateau Chantal’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed for more information.

~Sarah Blodgett, Feature Writer

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