Although grapes have been grown in Washington State since the 1800’s, we are a relatively young wine industry compared to California, but have become the nation’s second largest wine producer, and are consistently ranked among the world’s top wine regions.
Washington State currently has fourteen designated AVAs (American viticultural areas), of which Lake Chelan is one of the most recent, dated back to 2009 – although grapes were first planted there in 1891!
The winery itself takes its name from the tumbled granite stones found at the site, which were used to line the pond at its heart.
Our Double D site, first planted in 2013, is the warmer of our three vineyards. These vines are planted between 700 to 940 feet of elevation, with uniform fine silt loam soil. The gentle slope of the site down to the Columbia River allows excellent drainage, and the high heat accumulation throughout the growing season makes it the perfect home for our award-winning Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Grenache, and Mourvedre.
Our Double D Vineyard grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Mourvedre, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah.
• 11 miles south of Chelan on the Columbia River
• Elevation: 700 – 900 feet
• 165 total acres
The presence of Lake Chelan – the largest natural lake in the state – moderates weather extremes in summer and winter, giving the grapes a chance to develop evenly, with a near-ideal balance of sugars and acidity. A higher elevation, and a distinctively coarse, sandy sediment from its glacier origins, further sets Chelan apart from the other Washington AVAs.
With its 1250 to 1600-foot elevation along the south shore of Lake Chelan, our Clos CheValle vineyard combines lake effect temperature controls, glacial till soil, and decade old vines to create outstanding Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, as well as the high-quality Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and also the cool-weather Syrah Rocky Pond is known for.
Our Clos CheValle Vineyard grows Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Menunier, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Syrah and Viognier.
• Located on the South shore of Lake Chelan
• Elevation: 1,250 – 1,600 feet
• 50 total acres
The first blocks of grapevines at Rocky Reach were planted in 2018. The sandy soil, gentle slope down to the Columbia River and temperatures made it an ideal location for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Carmenere. Fifteen acres of grapes have been planted to date, with plans for more plantings in future years.
Take a Tour of the vineyards and sweeping views of the mountains and the Columbia River.
The video from this summer shows the 15 acres of vines that were just planted as well as the installation of the rock-line pond as we fly from the Northeast corner of the estate to the Southwest corner of the Waterfront.