Bob and Nadine Begin purchased this 65 acre estate in 1983 which was planted to cherries at the time. After converting the farm to wine grapes starting in 1986 and through the 90’s, the couple sought partners to invest in building a dream. Enter our Founders: Joe & Pat Hanish, John & Rachel Hoffmann, Mark & Ursula Johnson, Fr. Jim Meyer, Arnold & Joyce Ochs and Edson & Sue Pontes. Through their contributions, and later investment and hard work of additional investors and 10-year term CEO Jim Krupka, the Chateau flourished and grew into what you see today.
Welcome to the Founder’s Trail
Please enjoy this vineyard walk, in honor of our founders, and brought to you by the Ochs Family.
This is a working vineyard, please exercise caution with farm equipment and rough terrain.
Guests enter at their own risk and assume all liability for damages to themselves or the property.
Rough & Hilly Trail Ahead
Follow the painted end posts to stay on the path in the vineyard.
Short course: 1/2 mile Long course: 3/4 mile
We hope you enjoy the beauty and bounty of Old Mission Peninsula as much as our founders!
15900 Rue de Vin
Traverse City, MI 49686
Tasting Room Hours
Sunday - Saturday 11am - 5pm
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day & Easter Sunday