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Chateau Fontaine

Getting its French title from proprietor Lucie Matthies’ middle name and paying homage to the French immigrants who settled in the area, Chateau Fontaine was a deserted potato farm and cow pasture when Dan Matthies discovered the property in the 1970’s with its favorable south-facing slopes for growing grapes.

Today, the cow pasture is one of three vineyards totaling 22 acres of grapes, including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Merlot, among others.

Chateau Fontaine’s dry white wines include a fruit-forward Chardonnay, crisp Pinot Gris, Dry White Riesling and unique “Woodland White”, made from Auxerrois, a little known grape variety in this country, originally from France.

Semi-dry Gewurztraminer and semi-sweet White Riesling are our less dry selections. Our dry red wines are Pinot Noir and “Woodland Red”, an estate grown blend of Cabernets, Merlot, and Syrah.

Popular Big Paw Red makes an excellent and affordable speghetti and pizza wine. We also have an delicious cherry wine made from local cherries. Our wines are available at the tasting room near Lake Leelanau, at fine wine shops in the Leelanau and Grand Traverse area, and at select retailers around the state.

Chateau Fontaine
2290 South French Road
Lake Leelanau, MI 49653


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