Lake Chelan AVA Wine Region
For an area to be designated unique enough to have it’s own wine ava, it has to be special, lake chelan is… And so is the wine.
The Chelan Valley has an array of options for every visitor, with over 30 wineries in the area, Lake Chelan offers a unique wine tasting experience whether you are a serious connoisseur or just looking for a memorable night out. From limousine tours to the annual Crush Festival, you are assured a fabulous time and a variety of fabulous local wines.
Lake Chelan AVA
In 2009, Lake Chelan was designated as the 11th AVA (American Viticultural Area) in Washington state. An AVA in the US is similar to the Appellation system in Europe, that is used to legally distinguish and protect a geographical area. An AVA is granted when an area is shown to not only be geographically, climatically, and historically unique but also shows that what is produced is specific to the region and would not be the same grown anywhere else. The 250+ acres of vineyards in the Chelan Valley are surrounding the glacier formed and fed lake. The soil remains from layers of glacial debris, volcanic pumice and ash contribute to the coarse, sandy sediment that contains evident amounts of quartz and mica. These properties help create our unique wine grapes with distinct textures, minerals, and nutrients.
Although being a relatively young winery destination, Chelan wines continue to win top awards. Our wineries are well known for their ability to produce extremely high quality wines. We invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy all of the beauty the Chelan Valley has to offer while sipping on delightful, locally grown wines. You may plan your tasting at Lake Chelan with over 30 wineries, cultivating many different types of grapes including: Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and plenty more. Also, being a small community, our wineries are a reasonable distance from each other; you are able to visit all of your favorites in one evening. We encourage you to be safe and taste responsibly.
You can leave your car and your worries behind and visit your favorite wineries with some of Lake Chelan’s best wine tasting tours. If you want to go tasting in style, Lakeside Limousine offers multiple wine tasting tour packages. Wine tasting tours are also provided by Chelan Valley Tours; if you are more on the adventurous side.
Lake Chelan Wine Map (PDF 2.8 Mg)
Lake Chelan Wine Assn Website
Lakeside Limousine Website
Chelan Valley Tours