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June 19, 2019

5 Best Wineries in Chelan

In just two decades, the Chelan Valley has made a mark on the map of wine country. A combination of rich land and unique climate helps grapes thrive along the banks of Lake Chelan, now home to more than 30 wineries. Picking favorites is a hard task, but between our staff and homeowners we have plenty of experience enjoying local wine! Read on for our take on the five best wineries in Chelan. (P.S. All are just a short drive from The Lookout!)

A spectacular view of the lake, walkable vineyards, a Mediterranean-inspired villa…what more could you ask for? Soak up the sun at Benson Vineyards and enjoy a bit to eat al fresco along with fabulous wine at this Chelan favorite.
Our vote for family friendly goes to Lake Chelan Winery! Kids can play on the lawn among lush vineyards while parents watch with a glass of wine in hand. The whole family will also love the authentic BBQ cuisine, cheese tasting at Lake Chelan Cheese, and the fun gift shop inside.
The only winery on the water in the Chelan area, Rio Vista is a hidden gem. you can drive (15 minutes from Chelan), boat, or fly into their waterfront retreat on the Columbia River! Once there, drink wine while you play on the sandy beach or relax with your feet in the water. Bonus – it’s dog friendly!
Popular with both locals and tourists alike, this winery has a friendly staff eager to tell the story of their name – and the rowboat that serves as a fun photo op. After you’ve visited the quirky parlor-themed tasting room, have a sunny picnic outside on the lawn or around the fire pits.
With a backdrop of the lake and hills, this beautiful winery focuses on personal experiences with carefully crafted tours, tastings, and of course, wine. Make a reservation for a private dinner and wine pairing with the owners themselves, or attend one of their many unique events.
Explore the Lake Chelan wine region and make The Lookout your home base! Our staff is happy to help plan your adventure.
By: Cara Rettig