Friday, May 25, 2018
Story by: Eric Degerman
Tri-City Herald gives a great mention of Rocky Pond Winery in their latest article
In the past decade, the continued influx of talented and trained winemakers is making North Central Washington a true four-season destination now branded as Cascade Valley .
This portion of Washington state already had a waiting audience as generations of well-heeled tourists have enjoyed weekend getaways to the mountains or summer vacations at the lake.
What better playground than Lake Chelan in the summertime? An hour away, there’s Mission Ridge and the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, which doubles as a gateway to the region’s hiking, cross-country skiing, rafting and fishing.
For the wine lover, there’s never been a better time to explore Cascade Valley Wine Country because of the delicious diversity of wines. And the winery association’s sporty touring guide artfully gives wine travelers a snapshot into the personality of each winery.
The association counts 68 member wineries and tasting rooms in the region that spans Lake Chelan, Leavenworth and the Wenatchee Valley. Its proximity to the Cascades prompts the group to refer to itself as “Washington’s Peak Wine Experience.”
In 2009, when the federal government established the Lake Chelan American Viticulture Area, it was the 11th AVA in Washington state and remains within the Columbia Valley AVA, and there were a dozen or so wineries and about 250 acres of vines. Both numbers have changed significantly in the past decade, and the Dufenhorst family has emerged as one of the leaders with Rocky Pond Winery.
They purchased the 35-acre Clos CheValle Vineyard on the south shore of Lake Chelan, and in addition to their Woodinville tasting room, they also operate the lone tasting room in downtown Chelan. Now Seattle businessman Davjd Dufenhorst and his wife, Michelle, are full-throttle on transforming a riverside orchard between Chelan and Wenatchee into Double D Vineyard, an extremely warm site with 165 acres managed by homegrown winemaking talent Shane Collins. Among the Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah and Grenache plantings is a stunning venue for weddings that also will be accessible by boat.