Our Story Uncorked
Agriculturally speaking, the Lake Chelan Valley has been renowned for producing perfect apples, pears, peaches and cherries.
Wine grapes were planted in the valley over 100 years ago but our first production vineyard was planted in 1998 by Bob Christopher and Steve Kludt when they both took out orchard acreage and planted wine grapes.
In 2000, the Kludt Family licensed and bonded the first winery in Chelan County. In 2001, the Kludt Family bottles their first wine from Lake Chelan Winery and in 2002, they sold their first bottle of local wine.
Soon veteran winemakers and confidant vineyardists made their way to the valley and saw the obvious, the long growing season with sun-drenched days and lake-cooled nights were perfect for growing wine grapes.
Since then, 20 wineries and over 250 acres of vines have come onto the scene and our winemaking has hit an award-winning stride. 2009 saw the designation of the Lake Chelan Valley as an official American Viticulture Area (AVA) which has only served to bolster our growth. Each year, a new member joins our community and we encourage you to meet them.
We are home to tasting rooms with grand entrances and lush grounds as well as sweet little spots nestled against the hills. Each winery arrived with a vision and we’re happy to say, we like how we look.