Wineries Celebrate the Lake Chelan Crush

The Lake Chelan Wine Valley lays claim to a high quality of varietals

During back-to-back weekends in October, the boutique wineries of the Lake Chelan Wine Growers Association will celebrate the harvest season with the annual Lake Chelan Crush.

From Oct. 3-10, clients can take short hops between the area's dozen wineries to observe the steps involved in grape harvest, interact with growers and winemakers, and sample the award-winning wines of the region. Local restaurants will feature specialty food items paired with local wines, and there will be places for visitors to kick off their shoes to stomp grapes the old-fashioned way.

Set in the heart of Washington’s Cascade Mountains, the Lake Chelan Wine Valley lays claim to several distinguishing features that contribute to the high quality of its varietals. Among its unique attributes are its elevation, its soil derived from the crystalline granite of the Cascade Mountains, its location in the rain shadow of the northern Cascade Mountains, its distinctive U-shaped topography and its moderate air temperatures.

A complete list of Lake Chelan Crush activities is available online.