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“Excellent Pinot Noir!”

Chelan Estate Winery and Vineyard
Ranked #11 of 46 things to do in Chelan
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Owner description: Those rare places that can grow grapes, that can produce world class wines, have much in common. A certain look, a certain feel, and the right soils, permeate these lands. Many are graced by the moderating influences of a great body of water. It was only a matter of time before vineyards came to the banks of Lake Chelan and indeed grapes have been grown here for decades.We started a small experimental vineyard in the early 1990’s. The results were mixed. But the critical lessons were learned. The grapes would survive the winters. The influence of the lake in both moderating winter cold and summer heat was clear. The growing season is warm but shorter in days. Selection of grape varieties would need to match those conditions leading some to believe that Lake Chelan would become exclusively a white wine region, hardly the case. It is true, Lake Chelan will never be noted for the late ripening reds like Cabernet Sauvignon but, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah and many other reds will flourish here.Armed with the results of the test vineyard, we purchased nearly eight acres on the cooler South Shore. In the spring of 2000 we planted Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay and Viognier. The assumptions we made have proven correct. The vineyard thrives and we welcome you taste our wines and to judge for yourself if we made the right choices. We invite you to bring your picnic and embrace our gorgeous lake and mountain views.
Los Angeles, California
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“Excellent Pinot Noir!”
Reviewed 19 June 2013

Chelan Estate is a diamond in the rough winery in Lake Chelan. The views of the lake and surrounding hillsides are spectacular. I recommend buying a glass of wine to enjoy on the patio, and then taking a bottle to go. The service is very personable and down to earth; the owners and employees are very nice and answer all your questions. While they were pruning grapes, they even took the time to show some kids the grape leaves and how they are tied up-such personal/professional/friendly service is something to be commended nowadays. I highly recommend the Pinot, as the owner specifically selected that plot of land for growing Pinot grapes.

Visited June 2013
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