The Best Lake Chelan Wineries Around Town
Lake Chelan is a fascinating area in so many regards: It’s geographically unique, featuring gentle volcanic slopes framing the third-deepest lake in the United States; it figures prominently in Washington State history; and, it’s one of the country’s newest and most exciting wine-making regions.
Since receiving a coveted AVA (American Viticultural Area) designation in 2009—some 118 years after the first wine was made there!—the region has only grown in popularity and renown. As a sub-appellation of the fertile Columbia Valley AVA, it’s known for a similarly wide variety of grapes: Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot Gris, Zinfandel, and many others.
When we mention “lake effect” here at Chelan Parasail, we’re usually talking about the sudden, uncontrollable bursts of glee experienced by first-time parasailers, but lake effect—the unique heat-trapping phenomenon that extends the crucial end of the growing season—influences the Lake Chelan wineries as well.
If you’re visiting our beautiful lake to enjoy the watersports or breathtaking scenery, take a moment to visit a few of our favorite Lake Chelan wineries and vineyards; they’re an unforgettable—and delicious—part of what makes Lake Chelan so unique.
The Best Lake Chelan Wineries
Another family-run venture, Cairdeas Winery is a welcoming vineyard—the Gaelic name, pronounced “cardis,” means “friendship,” or “kindred”— takes inspiration from the ancient wines of the Rhône Valley.
Chelan Estate Winery
Featuring stunning views of Lake Chelan below and the mountains above, Chelan Estate Winery is a longtime labor of love for owners Bob and Mary Broderick, who started a small experimental vineyard here in the early 1990s.
Taking a personalized, boutique approach to winemaking has paid off for this family-owned winery. Mellisoni Vineyard’s Cabernets, Syrahs, Pinot Grigios and blends have won multiple awards in the last few years.
An idiosyncratic and lovable project born of a most unlikely personal pairing, One Wines runs a sleek tasting room and picnic area right in downtown Chelan. Their offerings—a single red, a single white, and a single rosé—have won multiple awards.
Tunnel Hill Winery
Visiting the quaint stone guest house and rambling grounds here is a uniquely relaxing and pleasurable experience. In addition to the small-batch bottlings, Tunnel Hill Winery winery functions as an inn and event space for weddings and more.
Following a happy relaunch after the Chelan fires of 2015, Ventimiglia Cellars is a small-batch winery and is the brainchild of noted local vintner Ron Ventimiglia, who’s worked with or otherwise advised many of the region’s leading winemakers.
Vin du Lac Winery
French for “wine of the lake,” Vin du Lac Winery is a lovely winery and outdoor event space boasts breathtaking views, handcrafted wines, and a farm-to-table style bistro.
All in all, there are over two dozen wineries clustered around the lake, enough to warrant several days of visits on their own! Whether this is your first visit to the region—or you’ve already fallen for Lake Chelan and are looking to deepen the relationship—we’re glad to see you, and we hope you have an exceptional time visiting the beautiful Lake Chelan wine country.