Chateau Chantal Announces Pinot Fête – A Celebration of Pinot Varietals

For the love of Pinot!  Chateau Chantal grows and produces every grape in the Pinot family: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  These grapes are all the same variety, but different clones expressing various mutations.  This dedication was cause for celebration – of all things Pinot.  Brian Lillie, Director of Hospitality writes, “When I hear people refer to Pinot, often I believe it to be Noir as the reference. There are so many more wonderful experiences out there- like the creaminess of Gris or the crisp refreshment from Blanc- that we need to let the public know! That’s the inspiration for this weekend filled with wonderful palate surprises and clone exploration.”

April 26-28, 2019 marks the first annual celebration of this historical family of wine grapes.

Schedule of Events, beyond normal wine tasting hours daily:

Friday, April 26:
5:00pm Wine Club Member Reception-member’s only

6:00pm Pinot Fête Wine Pairing Dinner:  Our Pinot focus wine education dinner will take your palate on a delectable journey – experience the pleasure behind food and Pinot. From Grigio to Noir you will enjoy 6 courses carefully designed to enhance the highlights of each.

Each course of the dinner will pair synergistically with a wine hand-selected by our vintner.  Satiate your palate with dishes paired harmoniously with Pinot wines. $110/person includes tour, food, wine, tax and tip. 

Saturday, April 27
1, 2 & 3 pm – Pinot Focused Cellar Tours – no charge

1:30pm Blind (Black Glass) Tasting: Think you can tell a wine’s color with your eyes closed? Trust your senses, or don’t, with a tasting that will surely heighten your wine interest. $10 per person.

6:00pmPinot Fête Wine Pairing Dinner: 

Sunday, April 28
11:00am Pinot Brunch $35 tax, tip included:
Well past mimosas, we’re taking wine & brunch to the next level with our Pinot Brunch! Each delicious course is accompanied by a perfect pairing of Pinot Blanc, Noir, or Gris. It’s never too early for Pinot here at the Chateau!

View all Pinot events here.


Chateau Chantal is a unique development that combines a winery, vineyards, bed and breakfast, residence, six private home sites, and winding roads, all of which combine to create a “retreat into Northern Hospitality.”  The 65 acre site sits high atop a ridge 12 miles north of Traverse City, Michigan on the beautiful and historic Old Mission Peninsula.  Chateau Chantal crafts many styles of wine, allowing the grape to dictate the style. The location’s unparalleled views and outstanding staff play host to B&B activities, cooking classes, wine education opportunities, Lunch Tours, conferences and meetings, small weddings, and friendly regional wine events.

Pinot Fête Dinner Menu

First Course

Wild Mushroom Strudel with Thyme Cream Sauce

Pinot Noir

Second Course

Split Pea & Fennel Soup

Pinot Grigio

Third Course

Pan Seared Local Whitefish with Cilantro Garlic Butter

Proprietor’s Reserve Pinot Gris


Lemon Mascarpone Sorbet

Main Course

Pinot Noir braised Lamb with Shiitake Risotto and Seasonal Vegetables

Proprietor’s Reserve Pinot Noir

Dessert Course

Baked Brie with Drunken Pear

Pinot Blanc

Pinot Brunch Menu

Wild Mushroom and Gruyere Quiche w/thyme crème fraiche
Pinot Noir

Nadine Begin’s World Famous Chateau Bacon

Lake Trout Pate w/toasted baguette
Pinot Gris

Lemon Mascarpone Sorbetto

Baked Brie with Drunken Pear
Pinot Blanc

Melon and Cardamom Fruit Cup