Established in 2009, this is Washington State’s newest AVA. There are about 260 acres of planted grape vines within this 24,040 acre area. This AVA has a rich history of wine grape growing reaching back to the turn of the 20th century; however that ended and didn’t pick back up again until the new millennium. There are about 15 wineries established in this popular summer destination. The lake effects create a more mild climate and lower risk of freeze events in winter. Predominant grape varieties grown here are Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, and a variety not widely grown in Washington State, Pinot Noir.
Lake Chelan is northeast of Wenatchee and one of my personal favorite places to visit. It has long been a summer destination for families with hiking, boating and other water activities to allow kids to burn-off their winter energy. It is a fairly new wine grape growing region, but producing some of the most exciting new wines in the State.