October 6th – 7th & 13th – 14th
EXPERIENCE THE HARVEST SEASON IN LAKE CHELAN WINE COUNTRY.
October in the Lake Chelan Wine Valley is gorgeous with brilliant sun, spectacular color and the smell of freshly fallen leaves. Join us in back-to-back weekends as we celebrate our annual Crush Festival. The barrel room doors swing wide open and the work in the vineyards comes to the crush pad. Come taste, stomp and dance. Watch the grapes tumble through the press and taste the raw juice that it produces. Get the inside scoop from the cellar master or wine maker on how the wine will taste come bottling time. Sit down with us at the table for a harvest party or a winemaker dinner and share in the experience of harvest season.
Here is what is going on at our wineries these weekends:
Benson Vineyards Estate Winery
Live Music Saturday Oct, 6 “Analog Jack” & “Freeway Jones” Saturday Oct, 13.
Concerts are from 2pm-5pm
Check out the grape display table and learn about all the Estate wines grown and produced here at Benson Vineyards.
We’re celebrating our 10th vintage at Cairdeas Winery! Our barrel house doors will be open and we’ll be destemming grapes or pressing off new wines into barrel so you can see (and taste) what happens behind the scenes in our production facility.
Chelan Estate Winery
This is our 8th year serving hand dipped dark chocolate truffles and raspberry dark chocolate truffles for CRUSH weekends. These delicious hand made truffles are from Johnson Candy Company of Tacoma. This family tradition has lasted for more than 90 years. Complimentary with your wine tasting and a few boxes will be available for purchase. Open 11-6 daily. Cheers!
This year for Crush, we will be offering a special tasting for a limited number of guests. First, we will take a brief walk into the vineyard and answer questions. Then you will enter the cellar and get an overview of what’s happening in the tanks and barrels. It’s a special treat to get to see what’s going on behind the scenes! We will top that off with a vertical tasting of six years of our Estate Grown Defiance Vineyard Syrah and six years of our Cabernet Sauvignon. Tickets are $30/couple. Details at https://www.nefariouscellars.c
Rio Vista Wines on the River
Please visit Rio Vista Wines on the River for two weekends full of fun. We will be in full harvest mode with grape picking, crushing, and pressing. Visit us and see the action up close and personal.
On Saturday, October 6th, we will have live music by The Mystic Plowmen band from 1-4 p.m.
On Saturday, October 13th, we will have live music by the Well Strung band from 1-4 p.m.
Partake in designing and creating your very own Rio Vista Wine’s “Lake Chelan Crush” t-shirt.
See you soon!
Rocky Pond Winery
During Crush, Rocky Pond will be bringing in fresh picked grapes from our estate vineyards for guests to taste and engage in an educational game. Test out your knowledge, and Guess That Grape! Take home a logo wine glass if you get them all right!
Siren Song Vineyard Estate and Winery
Wine Education Series at Siren Song
Visit Siren Song for Wine Education during Fall Harvest and Crush, October 6th-7th and October 13-14. Siren Song Winemaker, Kevin Brown, will take you on a Sensory Training, Tour, and Grand Cru Tasting while he explains the fundamentals of wine making and wine tasting. Sessions are one hour, $35+tax per person. Space is limited – reservations available on Saturday and Sunday of Crush Weekends at 2pm and 4pm. E-mail us at email@example.com
Tsillan Cellars will be offering wagon tours through our estate vineyard both weekends of Crush. Our tasting room is open daily at noon!
Vin du Lac Winery
Caramel Apple Bar
Mulled spiced wine
Self-guided grape stomp-weather permitting
Crush Hours: Friday-Monday 12-6pm, Saturday till 7pm.
On-going grape crushing and wine production activities happening as grapes are harvested and periodically over the weekends. Come taste a raw fermentation directly out of the ferment bin or get a little dirty with a fermentation punch down of the grape cap.