Welcome to the Lake Chelan Wine Valley, the most naturally intoxicating wine destination in the Northwest. Our vintages are deep and complex, like the cobalt depths outside our wineries’ steps. The glacially carved soil gives our grapes unique character. Our Lake’s depths literally change the seasons here, stretching them out, drawing out late-summer sugars, long after others are off the vine. Some say our most precious resources are the world-class winemakers drawn to these conditions, turning nature’s gifts into the magic in your glass. Engaging and accessible, chances are you’ll talk to more than one on your next wine adventure here. One taste and we know you’ll agree: Lake Chelan Wine Valley is naturally intoxicating.
Breathtaking and Deep
Drink it In
The Lake Chelan Valley may be a young wine destination, but don’t be fooled. Designated as an official American Viticulture Area (AVA) in 2009, Lake Chelan offers a one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience featuring over 20 wineries hugging the shores of a breathtaking lake – each winery offering quality wines reflective of the distinctive personality of their grapes and their winemaker.
In geological terms, our soil is relatively young with volcanic pumice on top of a glacially aged scape. It’s the kind of soil vines love to struggle in under the blanket of hot summer days and cool summer nights. You can taste the efficiency of our winter, the quick thaw of spring, our intense summers and a gorgeous harvest in any glass of Lake Chelan AVA wine.
Winemaking is a lot easier with amazing grapes to work with and wine drinking is a lot more memorable when everything around you is beautiful. Even so, we’ve taken our time to tend to our vines and the reward has been award winning. That’s why wine lovers have made the easy jaunt over the hills to return to us summer, winter, spring and harvest.
On your next visit, pause a moment to look around at Lake Chelan’s beauty and drink it all in. Don’t just discover wine history in the making. Write your own chapter. We’ll have a glass waiting for you.
Click here for a full list and map view of the Lake Chelan wineries.