Vintage Lake Chelan – 10 Year AVA Anniversary

June 7-8, 2019

Join us as Lake Chelan celebrates the 10 year anniversary of its official designation as an American Viticulture Area (AVA). Acquaint your taste buds with the wines made from Washington’s most exciting AVA with educational and social events throughout the weekend.

Vintage Lake Chelan will be held June 7th & 8th, 2019 and feature a welcome reception at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center in downtown Chelan, plus two tasting seminars and a grand tasting at Larc Hill Vineyard Ranch on the South Shore.


Schedule of Events

VIP Weekend Pass – Access to Welcome Reception, Two Master Classes, and VIP Grand Tasting – $275
Join us for the full Vintage Lake Chelan Weekend. Your VIP Weekend Pass gives you access to Friday’s welcome reception (6:00-8:00pm at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce), both Master Classes (10:00am-12:00pm and 1:30-3:30pm at Larc Hill Vineyard Ranch), and VIP access to the Grand Tasting (6:00-9:00pm at Larc Hill Vineyard Ranch).




Friday, June 7th

The inaugural Vintage Lake Chelan weekend will kick off with a welcome reception on Friday, June 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center in downtown Chelan, located at 216 East Woodin Avenue. Welcome reception attendees will have the opportunity to sample delicious bites as well as taste a selection of Lake Chelan AVA wines, including bubbles, produced by the wineries throughout the Lake Chelan region Welcome reception wineries include Tunnel Hill Winery, WineGirl Wines, Hard Row to Hoe, Rocky Pond Winery, Karma Vineyards Tsillan Cellars, C.R. Sandidge Wines, and Nefarious Cellars.



Saturday, June 8th

Tasting Seminars led by Rachel Mercer of the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center:

  • “The Pioneers of the Lake Chelan AVA.” From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., attendees will hear and taste from those who had the vision for the Lake Chelan Wine Valley and Lake Chelan AVA, such as Alan Busacca, the geologist that studied the region and filed the official petition for the Lake Chelan AVA.
    Other panelists include several Lake Chelan pioneers showcasing current vintage wines from older vines planted in the Lake Chelan AVA:
    • Bob Broderick from Chelan Estate – Pinot Noir
    • Judy Phelps from Hard Row to Hoe – 2016 Cabernet Franc
    • Steve Kludt of Lake Chelan Winery – 2016 Merlot
    • Heather Neff of Nefarious Cellars – Viognier
    • Larry Lehmbecker of Vin du Lac Winery – 2010 Chelan Rouge (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot)


  • “Lake Chelan AVA – A Balancing Act from North to South.” From 1:30-3:30 p.m., attendees will take a deep dive into the most extensively planted varietals on both the north and south shores of Lake Chelan, including Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. Taste wines from these Lake Chelan winemakers as they reveal the subtle differences of grapes grown on the north and south shore of Lake Chelan:
    • Shane Collins from Rocky Pond WInery – 2017 Riesling, Clos CheValle Vineyard
    • Jason Morin from Ancestry Cellars – 2016 Reunion Chardonnay, Dry Lake Vineyard
    • Michelle Fanton of Tunnel Hill Winery – 2016 Estate Pinot Noir
    • Oscar Castillo of Lake Chelan Winery – 2016 Whole Cluster Pinot Noir
    • Dean Neff of Nefarious Cellars – Syrah, Defiance Vineyard 
    • Angela Jacobs of WineGirl Wines – Syrah, Tildio Vineyard 



Grand Tasting

Celebrating the Food & Wine of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley | VIP Hour 6-7pm | General 7-9pm

Acquaint your taste buds with the wines made from Washington’s most exciting AVA. Enjoy Lake Chelan AVA wines in your souvenir tasting glass, alongside signature bites from your favorite Lake Chelan Valley restaurants.
VIP Ticket Holders enjoy early access, a souvenir Riedel tasting glass, and access to the VIP Lounge.

Grand Tasting Wineries & Vineyards:


Ancestry Cellars

2018 Macheveau
2017 Reminiscence Riesling

Cairdeas Winery

2018 Rosé
2017 Consonance

Chelan Estate

Pinot Noir

CR Sandidge Wines

2018 “Sabrina” White Blend
2016 “TrI*Umph” Red Blend
2015 “Caris” Red Blend
2015 “Whistle Punk” Red Blend

Dry Lake Vineyards

2016 Lake Chelan Malbec
Matteo 2018 Lake Chelan Pinot Gris

Fielding Hills Winery

2018 Chenin Blanc – Columbia Valley
Lake Chelan Syrah 2015

Four Lakes Winery

White Merlot
TNT Bordeaux Blend

Hard Row to Hoe

Burning Desire Estate Cabernet Franc
Hard Row to Hoe Pinot Noir
Hard Row to Hoe Estate Tempranillo
Hard Row to Hoe Syrah

Karma Vineyards

2014 Pink Bubbly
2016 Pinot Noir

Lake Chelan Winery

2016 Merlot Lake Chelan
2016 Cabernet Franc


45 Degrees

Nefarious Cellars

Syrah, Defiance Vineyard

Radiance Winery

Watertown (Cab Franc/Merlot Blend)

Rio Vista Wines

Sauvignon Blanc

Rocky Pond Winery

La Domestique
2017 Clos CheValle Syrah
2017 Gewurztraminer
2017 Glacial Treasure


2015 Merlot – 100% Four Lakes Vineyard,Lake Chelan AVA
2018 Sauvignon Blanc – 100% Four Lakes Vineyard, Lake Chelan AVA


17 Syrah
18 Chardonnay

Tildio Winery

2018 Estate grown Sauvignon Blanc
2014 Estate Syrah

Tsillan Cellars

2018 Dry Riesling, Estate
2018 Chardonnay, Estate
2016 Reserve Syrah, Estate
2016 Bellissima Rossa, Estate

Tunnel Hill Winery

2016 Estate Pinot Noir
2016 Estate Syrah
2016 Estate Malbec
2016 Estate Riesling

Vin du Lac Winery

2013 Riesling
2014 Pinot Noir

Wapato Point Cellars

2015 Williams Merlot
2016 Black Label 4

WineGirl Wines

Syrah Rose
Red Blend
Pinot Gris



Grand Tasting Restaurants:


18 Brix


Green Dot Sub Shop

KâVé Roastery & Bakery

The Meat Shop

Stormy Mountain Brewing





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