Plan Your Trip
Waves of visitors are making the easy jaunt over the passes and up to the tasting room door.
We’re excited to see new faces and to welcome back the familiar ones. With so much to do out here, we suggest reviewing our links and a wine directory to help you plan your trip.
Driving to Lake Chelan
A beautiful 3 hour drive from Seattle or 2.5 hours from Spokane. The Lake Chelan Wine Valley is closer than you think! Click here for directions.
Flying to Lake Chelan
Even faster than driving, Horizon Airlines offers several flights daily through the Wenatchee Pangborn Memorial Airport. Click here for current flight information.
- Download a Winery Touring Map
- Plan an itinerary, but be flexible. You don't want to try to squeeze in too many stops, and you certainly want the option to linger whenever possible. It's always a good idea to confirm the hours of the wineries you want to visit. Wineries in the Lake Chelan Wine Valley have pretty consistent hours from May thru October. Winter hours may vary, and on occasion, the owner/winemaker may even take a few days off or an entire vacation!
- Pack bottles of water…and perhaps a snack or two. You are fortunate that several of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley wineries offer bistro-style or full service food options that you can enjoy before, during or after your wine tour. But we don’t want you to get dehydrated, and you may not remember to ask for water at the tasting room. A good rule of thumb is to drink 8-oz of water for every glass of wine you consume.
- Designate a driver and a navigator/map reader for your car. The wineries are easy to find, but if you are unfamiliar with the area, you’ll still want to assign someone the map duty. And to completely enjoy your wine experience, we encourage a designated driver…or take advantage of one of the private wine tour companies and leave all the driving to them!
- Don’t bother washing your car before you go…most winery driveways aren’t paved.
- Do wear comfortable shoes…you may get a hankering to stroll through the vineyards. Don’t wear cologne or perfume as it will inhibit your ability to smell and taste.
- HEAT WILL DAMAGE WINE! In warm weather park your car in the shade to avoid spoiling your purchase. Better yet, pack a cooler.
- If you plan to bring your children, pack plenty of activities to keep them occupied while you are wine-tasting.
- Please ASK QUESTIONS! Our winemakers are simply bursting with pride about their wines…and are happy to share their experience with you.