Chateau Fontaine

Chateau Fontaine is a family-run winery that opened its tasting room doors in 2000. Dan and Lucie Matthies started growing grapes in 1987, and made their first Chardonnay in 1998.

“Wine is romantic,” says Dan. “You can sniff it, smell it and taste it. We have an extreme amount of fun growing grapes and making wine.” The Matthies continue to push the envelope on the grapes they grow, being the first to grow Syrah grapes in Michigan and the first to grow Cabernet Saugvinon in Leelanau. They have also introduced new white varietals like Viognier, Pinot Blanc and GrĂ¼ner Veltliner to their vineyard; the Pinot Blanc has already won best dry white at the Michigan Wine and Spirits Competition in both 2012 and 2013.