Owners Don and Judy Phelps care deeply about the land and the surrounding watershed of Lake Chelan.
They are proud to announce that the estate vineyard on Ivan Morse Rd. is the first LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon Safe-certified vineyard in North Central Washington. They farm the land using organic methods with no chemical pesticides or weedkillers. Every thing from planting, weeding to picking is done by hand. Supporting and sustaining the native shrub-steppe habitat on the hillsides surrounding the vineyard.
All of the Estate vineyards are irrigated with the crystal-clear, glacial waters of Lake Chelan.
Lake Chelan AVA Estate Vineyards
Owners, Judy and Don Phelps are focused on developing and defining the terrior of the Lake Chelan AVA. There are 28 acres of Estate vineyards, all located on the North Shore and planted to varietals such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Riesling and Malbec plus a few smaller, experimental plantings of varieties such as Aglianico, Grenache and Pinot Noir. Growing grapes and making wine here is still a big science experiment, allowing for experimentation with small plots of different varieties and different winemaking styles. But that is what makes it so exceiting. No rules to live by! Learning how varietals express themselves in this new wine-growing area that is Lake Chelan is what is driving the wines being made. To learn more about the Lake Chelan AVA, watch this interview with the soil scientist who helped write the petition for the AVA. It really is an exciting new grape-growing region!
Glacial Gravels Vineyard
original vineyards, North Shore
Judy and Don purchased the 25-acre vineyard property in Manson on the north shore of Lake Chelan when it was still operating as an apple orchard in 2004. Apple trees were removed from a six-acre piece on a southwest facing hillside to become the vineyard.
This vineyard, planted with Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Gewürztraminer and Malbec produces wines of quality and complexity, owing partly to its southwest aspect and slope which allows for efficient air drainage. It is a windy site which leads to natural reduced vigor encouraging robust aromatics and supple tannins. Additionally the high elevation (1350 feet) provides cool nights which allow the grapes hang until well into October / early November without becoming over ripe. Home of Nauti Buoy, White Meritage and Burning Desire Cabernet Franc.
Planted in 2014, NoRTH SHORE
Located near the winery on Wapato Point Rd and adjacent to Glacial Gravels but at a slightly lower elevation (1250'), this vineyard was planted in 2014. Expect tje first harvest from the vines in 2016. The new plantings consist of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Grenache and Aglianico. The Grenache and Aglianico form the basis of the Shameless Hussy Rosè, released April 2017.
Eye of the Needle Vineyard
ADDED IN 2013, North Shore
This new vineyard was added to the estate in 2013 when 3 acres on Swartout Rd, just a mile from the winery were leased on a long-term basis. This vineyard is situated on a sloping, south-facing bench and is planted with Syrah, Malbec, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris and is at 1250' elevation. This vineyard typifies the Lake Chelan terrior; the soils here consist of sandy gravels with an abundance of granite bedrock, mica and quartz of glacial origin. The soil here is also influenced by pumice from nearby volcanic eruptions 12,000 or so years ago, providing an ashy component.
Acquired in 2015, north shore
Located on a cooler site off of Summit Boulevard in Manson. This is a high, east-facing sloped property that produces wine of great purity of fruit and boasting rare plantings of white Rhone varietals. Stay tuned for some outstanding Chardonnay, Marsanne, Roussanne, Tempranillo and Sauvignon Blanc from this parcel. "Rumours" a blend of Roussanne and Marsanne plus Chardonnay was released in November, 2016.
SOUTH SHORE OF LAKE CHELAN, the Columbia VAlley And beyond
Vineyards on the south shore of Lake Chelan and from other local sources continue to add value to the overall wine program as the estate vineyards mature and comes in to full fruition. Grapes are sourced from Veranda Beach in Oroville near the Canadian border and outside any recognized AVA (Barbera), Rosebud Vineyard in Mattawa (Cinsault), and Doebler Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope for Primitivo. Clos Chevalle, a north-facing vineyard at 1380' elevation, on south shore of Lake Chelan provides the Pinot Noir for the sparkling wine program and Pinot Noir red wine. Muscat and Viognier are sourced from Jon Wadkins' vineyard ( 1390' elevation) above Chelan High School. In 2016, both Viognier and Syrah come from the venerable Defiance Vineyard on the south shore.