Lake Chelan Valley, renowned for growing the world's best apples for more than a century, is fast emerging into one of Washington state's most productive wine-growing regions. Nutrient-rich soil, courtesy of 30,000 years of glaciation, combined with warm, sunny days and cool nights, pure waters, fresh, clean air, and the lake effect provide an ideal grape-growing environment.

Today, the Valley is home to 14 wineries with more than 200 acres of wine grapes, of all varieties. From exquisite whites - Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Viognier, to rich reds - Syrah, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Sangiovese.

A host of boutique wineries in the area offer fun and informative wine-tasting experiences for both wine connoisseurs and novices. Unlike some of the world's other well-known grape-growing regions, here you can still find vintners who won't mind taking you on a personal tour through their grounds, or sitting with you under a trellis of grape vines while you sample their finest. Only here will you find down-home hospitality and charm artfully paired with sophisticated wine offerings. Just another wonder of Lake Chelan Valley.

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