This area in north central Washington is, in a word, stunning. Even if there wasn't wine at the end of the rainbow, the view through the North Cascades is worth the drive. Three main cities make up the hub of the North Cascades; Leavenworth, Lake Chelan and Wenatchee. They are within 30 to 50 minutes away from each other with Lake Chelan being the furthest point out. Leavenworth is close enough for a day trip from the Seattle area, but Lake Chelan and Wenatchee are better suited for a weekend getaway. Browse the wineries of the North Cascades below.
There are plenty of hotels and restaurants and a variety of wineries here. If you're in the mood for a scenic, curvy mountain drive then take Highway 2 east hitting Leavenworth first. You can also take I-90 east, then head north through Wenatchee and on to either Leavenworth or Lake Chelan. This area is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast as there are a variety of non-wine related outdoor activities such as river rafting, hiking and skiing.
Leavenworth is a German themed town with a ton of tourist activities. The town center has plenty of restaurants and hotels with winery tasting rooms sprinkled throughout. You can also travel outside of town to explore wineries in their unique mountain settings.
Travel through Wenatchee as you travel east away from Leavenworth. The Columbia River runs through Wenatchee providing stunning vistas from wineries such as Martin Scott. Wenatchee is famous for apples, and you'll see plenty of apple orchards as you travel through this area.
Please read the Lake Chelan page to find out more about this stunning wine touring region.