We love spotlighting our favorite restaurants and wineries around Chelan. This week we’re putting the focus on Lake Chelan Winery. This is one of our favorite local spots. It’s the perfect place to stop for a wine tasting, or if it’s the summer, for amazing BBQ.
About the winery
Lake Chelan Winery was first started in 1975 by the Kludt’s. But back then, it was an apple farm instead of a winery. When the apple market collapsed in 1998, the Kludt’s realized that if they wanted to keep their farm, they needed to “rebrand.” They planted the first commercial vineyards in the Chelan Valley. And Lake Chelan Winery was born!
Lake Chelan Winery was the first winery in the valley. Over the years, the winery helped pioneer the Lake Chelan wine industry. Lake Chelan Winery is proud of their history and their dedication to family, award winning wines, community, and bringing a family-friendly atmosphere to everyone.
The winery is known for its award winning wines. You can experience a variety of these wines at the Tasting Room. The wine specialists will help you find your new favorite wines. The Tasting Room hours are Sunday – Thursday 11:00am – 5:00pm and Friday & Saturday 11:00am – 7:00pm.
You can also join the Wine Club and receive exclusive discounts and be the first to taste new wines. You’ll receive two bottles of wine four times during the year, and an exclusive 2-bottle shipment only available to Wine Club Members. Joining the club also means you’ll receive email notifications of the year-round events at the winery. Find more information here.
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00pm you can take a complimentary tour of the winery. Get a fun, behind-the-scenes look at the winery and how the wine is made. You’ll learn about wine making and about the history of Lake Chelan Winery.
Cheese from the Lake Chelan Cheese Shop is the perfect addition to your wine tasting! Visit the connected cheese store and purchase one (or more!) of a variety of cheeses and elevate your wine tasting.
During the warmer months, Lake Chelan Winery offers BBQ in the Vineyard. This family-friendly outdoor BBQ is in the Vineyard picnic area and has plenty of delicious food. Enjoy the food alongside gorgeous views and covered seating. Fridays in the summer also bring live music to the BBQ! Relax with BBQ and a glass of wine.