The Lake Chelan AVA is located in the north-central part of Washington State around Lake Chelan, and is a sub-appellation of the greater Columbia Valley AVA.
The climate of the Lake Chelan AVA is influenced by the lake itself which creates a “lake effect” that moderates temperatures throughout the growing season and protects against frost damage in winter by re-radiating heat absorbed during the summer in the later months of fall and winter. The unique climate around the lake extends the “hang time” of the fruit on the vine, allows sugars and acids in the grape to stay in balance as phenols develop that can add complexity to the wine. It’s unique soil components differentiate the area from other wine regions of the Columbia Valley located to the south.
A wide range of grapes are planted in the Lake Chelan AVA including Semillon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Merlot, Orange Muscat, Muscat blanc, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot gris, Petite Syrah, Sangiovese, Viognier, Carmenere, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Petite Verdot, Pinot noir, Riesling, Syrah. Tannat, Dolcetto, Pinot Meunier, and Barbera.
See Lake Chelan Wine Valley for more information.