WINE TASTING & TOURS QUESTIONS

Q:  Do you charge for Wine Tasting?

Specific Information on Tours and Tastings

Q:  When is the best time to visit your Tasting Room?

Our winery tasting room is open daily, year-round.  If you are looking for a quiet afternoon with one-on-one assistance with our knowledgeable Tasting Room servers, then we recommend anytime Monday-Thursday.  If you are looking for a lot of interaction with other visitors and a more festive atmosphere, we recommend visiting on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 1pm-4pm.  From mid-September through late October, our tasting room is very busy, especially on weekends.  If you plan to visit during these times, we recommend that you arrive early or late in the day when it isn’t as busy.

Q:  What is the best wine you make?

Strawberry Rhubarb & Cranberry Apple continue to be our best sellers.

Q:  Can I bring my kids to the winery?

Well behaved kids are always welcome on the grounds but need to be closely attended to by parents at all times.  We do not have a playground or offer activities for children, so please consider bringing quiet activities to keep them entertained.  Children are allowed in the winery and on our tours.  Anyone under the age of 21 cannot drink, even with a parent’s consent.  We also cannot allow children to be at the bar during tastings.

Q:  I am planning a bachelorette party and I am thinking about having it at the winery?

At our winery, we are focused on customer trying to understand and appreciate our wines and how we make our wines.   It should be an enjoyable as well as an educational experience.  For bachelorette events please click the following link about the services that we offer  Private Party at the Winery.   It is important for us to note that there is a significant difference in the approach and atmosphere of a winery when compared to a bar.  If you participate in one of our packages linked above, you will be able to decorate your private area.  However, without participating in a service package, it is important to appreciate that we do not allow balloons, noise makers, banners, crowns, party hats or other inappropriate attire or appendages.   The determination of what is appropriate is made solely by the management of the winery.  We do not feel that it is appropriate for groups to visit the winery if your enjoyment will interfere with the enjoyment of others.  We apologize to anyone that is offended or disappointed with our lack of flexibility but our goal is to present a professional and friendly environment where everyone enjoys their day without unreasonable noise or offended by private gatherings.  If you visit the winery for your celebration, appreciate the environment, participate in our tastings or tours, we are confident that everyone can have an enjoyable time.

Q:  Can we bring our pet?

You are more than welcome to bring your pet along, as long as it is on a leash and you pick up after it.  Dog Policy Please respect, however, that no pets are allowed inside the winery, tasting room or on the restaurant patios.  Of course we will accommodate any assistance dogs.  If your pet is causing a disturbance for other customers, you will be asked to leave.

Q:  Do you have any suggestions to make my wine tasting experience better?

To have the best wine tasting experience, it is important to be open-minded and be willing to try new wines.  Our servers are experienced and well informed and will help you discover new tastes and styles.  Try to have a clean palate and avoid wearing heavy perfume, eating mints, smoking, consuming sweet beverages/candy/ice cream, and spicy foods before tasting.  As a courtesy to all, please turn off your cell phone when entering our tasting room.

Q:  Do you offer quantity discounts?

Yes, we offer 5% off on 6-11 bottles, 10% off 1-2 Cases, 15% off on 3+ cases

Q:  Do you have a wine club?

Yes, Discount Club for more information. 

Q:  Do you offer private labels?

No.

Q:  Are your facilities handicapped accessible?

Yes. We have handicapped spaces available in our upper parking lots. We suggest, however, that anyone needing assistance be dropped off near the upper side of the tasting room first – the lower parking lot would require a short walk uphill and around the front entrance.

WINERY TOUR QUESTIONS

Q:  Do I need to make a reservation for a tour?

No reservations are required.  We generally offer 6 tours daily, 11-4 pm on each hour.  The tour schedule varies daily and we recommend you check our posted times in our tasting room.

Q:  How long does a winery tour last?

Most tours last approximately 35 minutes.

Q:  What should I expect to see on a tour? 

We offer a guided tour that is both informative as well as entertaining.  We will highlight some of our winery history as well as outline some of our growing practices and grape styles.  The tour all inside the winemaking facilities with demonstrations of grape receiving, pressing, fermentation, fining, barrel aging and the bottling procedure.

Q:  Is there a lot of walking or standing?

Although we like to keep the group moving, there is a need to walk and stand on a hard surface.  In addition, the winery can be cold and the floor may be wet.

Q:  Is the tour suitable for children?

We certainly welcome children and hope they find the tour interesting.  Since the topics can be a bit technical and serious, smaller children may not be interested.

Q:  Is the tour barrier free?

We can always accommodate anyone in a wheelchair or scooter.  There are no stairs to climb during the tour but hoses or barrels can sometimes be in the way.  Due to the floor being wet at many times, it is important to have good footing and stability.

EATING & DRINKING QUESTIONS

Q:  Can I bring outside alcohol to Nashoba Valley?

ABSOLUTELY NOT!  Outside alcohol is strictly prohibited anywhere on the property.  This activity could jeopardize our license.  Any outside alcohol that is brought onto the property will be confiscated, or you will be asked to leave immediately.

Q:  Do you have a restaurant on-site?

Yes. J’s Restaurant – Reservations Required

Q:  Do you allow guests to have picnics at your facilities?

Outside food is permitted.

Q:  Is smoking allowed at Chateau Grand Traverse?

No smoking is allowed inside, outside the winery, or in the vineyards at Chateau Grand Traverse.

GENERAL WINE QUESTIONS

Q:  Do your wines contain sulfites?

Yes.  Sulfites are a natural by‐product of the fermentation process.  Otherwise known as sulfur dioxide, it is a compound that is naturally produced in winemaking and is found in virtually every wine.   Our winemaker may add very small amounts of additional sulfites to the wine since it does much to protect the wine.  It inhibits unwanted bacteria and yeast growth.  It is also an antioxidant, which keeps the wine fresh.  Sulfites slow the oxidation process, helping preserve the wine’s flavor as it ages.  All wines made from fruit (including grapes) naturally contain sulfites.  Only meads – wines made from honey – are sulfite-free.

The TTB, Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (formerly the BATF, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms), requires that no more than 300 ppm (parts per million) or 0.03% of sulfites, be added to wines.   Our wines average approximately 180 ppm or 0.018%.

Q:  How many calories/carbohydrates are in a glass of wine?

On average, a 5 ounce glass of dry wine contains about 125 calories and 3-5 grams of carbohydrate.  If the wine is much sweeter in style it could be around 250 calories per glass and 12-16 grams carbohydrate.


DONATION REQUESTS

Q:  Will you donate wine toward our non-profit fundraising event?

Donations