Winterfest Wine Walk

What more could you want than wine tasting in snowy Downtown Lake Chelan? This quintessential Winterfest experience has two chances to taste the award-winning wine being produced in the Chelan Valley.

  • The Tasting Tent, open Friday and Saturday, allows you to explore 20 wineries, each showcasing 2 of their best varietals. The Tent is 21+.
  • The Grand Wine Walk, open Saturday, allows you stroll through the downtown boutiques as you chat with the winemakers and taste their select choice of higher end wines. The Grand Wine Walk allows children to join you as you make your way through Downtown.

Wine Tent Wines

Click on the wineries in blue to discover what’s pouring in the Wine Tent!

  • 2018 Estate Chardonnay: This Chardonnay was grown in one of the oldest commercial vineyards in Lake Chelan: Amos Rome Vineyards Block ’98. It was fermented 90% in Stainless Steel Tank and 10% in Neutral Oak Barrels, ensuring a clean, bright wine that has a softened mouthfeel.
  • 2017 Foundation: A balance of cherry, dark fruits and a bit of pepper. Complex and built to last; aerate now or wait a while 

Varietals Coming Soon!

  • 2018 Roussanne: Roussane was aged sur lies (on the lees) in neutral French oak barrels for 11 months, creating a wine with a light creamy texture and incredible aromatics.
  • 2016 Tri: 73% Syrah, 16% Mourvèdre, 11% Grenache -Tri blends the most common red Rhône varietals. We use both whole cluster and whole berry ferments and age in neutral French oak.

Varietals coming soon!

  • 2018 “Sabrina” White:  The results of co-fermenting the Gewurztraminer and Riesling. 67% Riesling & 37% Gewurztraminer. The resultant wine presents itself as a beautiful complex – medium plus bodied wine. The Riesling added rich flavors and aromas of peach, green apple and slight citrus notes. As usual, the Gewurztraminer kicked in classic spice and nectarine notes. 
  • 2016 Whistle Punk Red Blend: The color is a striking purple – red. The nose offers blackberry, raspberry aromas plus a light clove note. Vanilla bean and toasted coconut compliments of the French and American oak barrel aging add additional aromas and flavors. The mouthfeel is very soft – almost plush.
  • 2015 Estate Viognier: This un-oaked 100% estate Viognier jumps right out at you. Let it rest softly in your mouth and the subtle floral hints will become evident. Connoisseurs will contemplate the tricky mind bender of complex intertwining flavors that tingle the senses. Our estate fruit really brings out the nice floral characteristics of the varietal on the nose with a full-bodied caramel mouth feel. Be patient, the smoothness will take you away.
  • 2015 Estate TNT (Bordeaux Blend): A Bordeaux blend style wine consisting of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petit Verdot, 30% Merlot and 10% Carménère. This full-bodied wine has bountiful aromas and flavors of delectable plum, juicy blackberry, vanilla, baker’s chocolate, caramel brown sugar and anise. 
  • 2018 Syrah Rosé: This radiant slightly sweet Rosé exhibits the perfect combination of refreshing acidity, firm tannins and a strong sense of minerality while giving way to seductive aromas of cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, and cherries. Barrel aged for 9 months in French oak. Best served chilled.

  • 2015 Merlot: This full-bodied Merlot opens with alluring aromas of ripe plums, red cherries and spice followed by flavors of juicy red fruit on the palate giving way to subtle notes of vanilla bean, toasted oak and hints of mocha. Sweet cherries continue through the silky refined finish. Barrel aged for 46 months in French & American oak.
  • Viognier: This wine is lovely on the nose with focus on exotic floral aromas and hints of creamy banana, pineapple and ginger. The texture is a touch creamy that stays nicely bound to the rigid spine of supporting acidity. The heavy finish of this Viognier brings about peach, coconut, and bright fresh apple.
  • River View Red Blend: This phenomenal red blend has remained a perennial favorite at Rio Vista Wines. Aged for 20 months in American and French oak, this full-bodied wine carries notes of raspberry, cedar, and chocolate where silky tannins meet a scaffolding of spice. Cabernet Sauvignon leads the parade with equal parts of Malbec and Merlot to follow.
  • 2018 Roussanne: Bright citrus fruit, sourdough, chamomile, vanilla, lychee
  • 2017 Sunset: Boysenberry, dark chocolate, black tea, leather, cedar
  • 2016 Jolie:Cab Franc, Malbec, and Merlot. Fruit forward with pungent notes of boysenberry, violets, and dark, smokey chocolate
  • 2018 Spanish Dancer: 100% Estate Albarino. Reminiscent of the Flamenco. Luscious mouth feel, notes of peach, pear and melon.

Varietals Coming Soon!

  • 2017 Bridge Builder: This is sure to be your new favorite red! Deep ruby in color, this wine blends hints of mild leather, spice, and dark chocolate, creating beautiful layers. The result is a blend that is smooth and lingering. 
  • 2018 Sauvignon Blanc: This Sauvignon Blanc is crisp in style with beautiful tropical flavors. Honey, citrus, and ripened kiwi mingle on the palate resulting in pure, fresh, vibrancy. 
  • 2014 Estate Cabernet Franc: Earthy with expressive aromatics of tobacco, spice, cocoa and licorice. The finish has tons of deep fruit and age-able tannins.
  • 2014 Estate Syrah: A classical cool region Syrah. Full of Spice, black pepper, black cherry and dark fruits. Hints of vanilla and molasses carry through on the finish
  • 2018 Viognier: Orange blossom on the nose. Flavors of mango, papaya and a hint of honeydew.
  • 2017 Merlot: Black current and cassis aromas, tart chocolate cherry with a caramel finish
  • 2018 Nudo Chardonnay: This unoaked Chardonnay has aromas and flavors of ripe apple, pear and pie crust notes. Superb match with shellfish, smoked fish/salmon or poultry entrees. Salads finished with citrus juices, salt-pepper and olive oils also make for fine fare. 
  • 2016 Bellissima Rossa: The ever-famous blend from our estate, the 2016 Bellissima Rossa opens on the nose with aromas of dried cranberry and raspberry, with undertones of cocoa and rosemary. Its smooth profile on the palate provides elegant flavors of dark chocolate covered fruits, Bing cherry, and subtle tones of earth that lead beautifully into its lingering finish. The complex attributes and medium body structure of this wine make it very versatile in the realm of equally complex food pairings. From braised lamb, shepherds pie, to herb seasoned roasted root vegetables.
  • 2016 Estate Riesling: This dry Riesling opens with a lush nose filled with aromas of apricot, orange blossom and pears. On the mouth flavors of citrus and green apple dominate rounded out with a healthy dose of acidity giving this wine a crisp finish.
  • 2017 Estate Pinot Noir:Notes of red raspberry and Bing cherry on the nose carry onto the mouth and are accented by a hint of clove and white pepper. Soft velvety tannins and a hint of tobacco accent the finish.

Varietals Coming Soon!

  • Pinot Gris:  Perky, round-body, almond, dripping ripe pineapple, and vanilla ice, REFRESHING!
  • Syrah: Zingy, zippy, brooding cigar, and rich fresh cedar flavors.

Grand Wine Walk Wines

Click on the wineries in blue to discover what’s pouring in the Grand Wine Walk!

  • 2018 Cabernet Franc Rosé: This bone dry rosé, grown in our estate Block ’14 vineyard, has notes of peach and pear on the nose. The complexity in this rosé makes it a great pairing wine for just about any meal.

Varietal Coming Soon!

  • 2016 Consonance: 50% Petite Sirah, 45% Syrah, 5% Viognier- We blended whole berry fermented Petite Sirah with Syrah co-fermente with Viognier. Aged in neutral French oak for 22 months, this wine turns out to be inky and rich.

Varietal Coming Soon!

  • 2016 Tri*Umph: The color is a lovely purple – red. Ripe red and black fruits are found in abundance on the nose. The main players are; blackberry, raspberry and maraschino cherry notes. Vanilla bean and toasted coconut compliments of the French and American oak barrel aging add additional aromas and flavors. The mouthfeel is incredibly silky.
  • 2016 Estate Syrah: As usual this Syrah is 100% estate fruit. Powerful but refined best describes the character of this wine. This fresh and lively wine is bursting with aromas of black fruit, black pepper and pomegranate. On the palate, this wine has a light bodied velvety sensation. The intricate flavors of black fruite and spice are intertwined for a surprising, sustained peppery finish. “Smile awhile with this Syrah”.
  • 2015 Cabernet Franc: Deep crimson in color, this 2015 Cabernet Franc opens with aromatic notes of dark ripe cherry, chocolate and sweet vanilla while mixing with Intense flavors of jam and black pepper. Smooth tannins round out the finish in this medium-to-full bodied wine. Barrel aged for 46 months in French Oak.
  • 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon: Rio Vista Wine’s Cabernet Sauvignon was created along the banks of the Columbia River. First, you will notice the exotic aromas of spicy black cherry and chocolate. Then as you roll the wine across your tongue, flavors of fresh blackberry, plum, and rich coffee are revealed. It’s complex character makes for a truly versatile and satisfying wine.
  • 2017 Confluence: Blackberry, star anise, allspice, graphite, blueberry finish
  • 2016 ASV Syrah: From our Grand Cru Vineyard in the Rocks District AVA of Walla Walla. A melange of boysenberries and black olives on the nose that is lifted by floral notes. The mid-palate is subtly savory with notes of smoke and wild herbs.

Varietal Coming Soon!

  • 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon: Unbelievable depth of color and a silky-smooth texture create a lovely, full-bodied wine. Blueberry immediately greets you followed by leather and green herbs. A bit of earthiness rounds out the profile creating an incredible complexity and a truly beautiful wine.
  • 2016 Malbec: Aromas if tobacco and dried herbs. Sweet tobacco and black licorice on the palate.
  • 2016 Reserve Syrah: Aromas of ripe Raspberry, Lapin Cherry, and subtleties of clove and vanilla introduces the complex structure of this wine in the nose. The silky-smooth tannic profile integrates beautifully with flavors of blackberry, chocolate, baking spice and blueberry preserves on the palate, providing a plush enveloping mouthfeel that lingers deep into the finish. A perfect companion to pairings such as honey-glazed ham and scalloped potatoes, grilled veggie skewers, or ribeye steak and sautéed mushrooms.
  • 2017 Estate Malbec: Currants, clove and a hint of cedar on the nose open to a mouth filled with red plums, cherries and a hint of cocoa. Fine grained tannins through the mid-palate make this an excellent wine for food or aging.

Varietal Coming Soon!

  • Reserve Malbec: Boasting fresh spices, cherries, pomegranate, cracked pepper and an electric cinnamon finish.

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