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Experience the bounty of harvest during Crush Festival in Lake Chelan Wine Country

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The 2017 Lake Chelan Crush Festival in the Lake Chelan Wine Valley takes place October 7-8 and October 14-15. (Photo provided by Lake Chelan Wine Valley)

This October, the Lake Chelan Wine Valley is celebrating another Harvest and Crush! The fall season at Lake Chelan is gorgeous with brilliant sunshine, spectacular color and the smell of freshly fallen leaves.

Enjoy the Lake Chelan Valley in back-to-back weekends as we celebrate 2017 Lake Chelan Crush Festival Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 14-15. The barrel room doors swing wide open at area wineries, and the work in the vineyards comes to the crush pad.

Come taste, stomp and dance. Watch the grapes tumble through the press and taste the raw juice that it produces. Get the inside scoop from the cellar master or wine maker on how the wine will taste come bottling time. Enjoy a harvest party or a winemaker dinner and share in the experience of harvest season.

Find out where to go and see what’s happening at Lake Chelan Valley Wineries:

Benson Vineyards
Come enjoy complimentary wine tasting, live music and a view. Check out our Estate Grape display and go on a self-guided Harvest tour.

Cairdeas Winery
Come see crush in action at Cairdeas Winery. We will be de-stemming grapes or pressing off new wines into barrel so you can see (and taste) what happens behind the scenes in our production facility. Sample the wine grapes and try what a one week old wine tastes like. Also come and check out our new 6,000-pound concrete egg wine tank!

Chelan Estate Winery
Our tasting room is open during Crush weekends from 11 AM-6 PM. Stop in to taste our new wines and dark chocolate/raspberry dark chocolate truffles that we serve twice each year. You may see us picking grapes, crushing grapes, fermenting grapes or pressing the grape skins. Bring your picnic and enjoy our spectacular lake and mountain views.

C.R. Sandidge
Our tasting room will provide charcuterie, fine cheeses, and a few chocolates from Judy’s Sweet Shoppe to pair with our award winning wines for crush weekends! We look forward to sharing this delightful tasting experience with you during the Chelan Crush weekends!

Fielding Hills Winery
Visit Fielding Hills Winery and experience first hand, the hard work involved in making our historic and bold estate wines. By joining us at our tasting room and production facility, you may visit on a day when the grapes are being crushed or watch as fermented juice meets a barrel, which will be its home for 24 months. Or you may also decide to simply relax and taste the fruits of our labor in our newly released 2014 vintage.

Wine Barrels at Benson Vineyards Estate Winery. (Courtesy of of Benson Vineyards)

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards
Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 AM – 4 PM, Brad Felger of Airstrike Bird Control will be demonstrating his falcons and their use in protecting grapes and similar crops from birds and the damages they cause. Brad was with us in 2014 and was a big hit with the visitors who got to see the birds right up close and personal. Everyone is welcome to come out and see these magnificent creatures and learn how they are trained, cared for, and used in the field. Contact the winery at (509) 687-3000 with questions.

Karma Vineyards
Karma will be open 11 AM – 5 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 11 AM – 3 PM on Sunday of Crush Weekends. Visit Karma for barrel tasting and grape sampling in the vineyard all day. Come discover the lifecycle of bubbly throughout it’s several stages of development.

Harvested grapes ready for crushing. (Courtesy of Tsillan Cellars)

Lake Chelan Winery & BBQ In The Vineyard
Be a spectator, or join in on the fun…it’s a blast either way!
Take off your shoes and stomp wine grapes to music. The person with the most grape juice wins! Enjoy our delicious BBQ in the Vineyard. Harvest is a beautiful time of year in the Lake Chelan Wine Valley, so don’t miss it! (509) 687-9463. The grape stomping hours are 12-4 PM. Event free/ BBQ Menu available.

Mellisoni Vineyards
Oct. 7 – 8 – Live Music from 3-6 PM with “Dr. Q and the Que Balls”
Dan Quigley on Vocals and Keyboards, Gabe Quigley on Drums, and Logan Smith on harmonicas.
Oct. 13 – Music Under the Stars – Live music from 7-10 PM with Kevin Jones Band
Oct. 14 – TLC Jazz Band with Susan House from 3-6 PM.

Lake Chelan Crush features wine tasting, grape crushing, demonstrations, great food, activites and live music both weekends. (Photo provided by Lake Chelan Wine Valley)

MVP Vintners
MVP Vintners will be open both Crush weekends, Noon to 7 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and Noon to 5 PM on Sundays. We will be tasting two new releases: 2016 Gypsy Rose (Rhone-blend rose’) and the 2015 Cuvee Le Grand (Power red blend). We will be hosting a wine club party on Saturday, Oct. 7 with all your favorite wine and food pairings and featuring music from acclaimed singer/songwriter, Caryn Jamieson. (This event is free to wine club members with a $5 cover charge to guests or non-members.) We’ll also have music on Saturday, October 14th from 3-6 PM featuring Jeff Vanderholm.

Napeequa Vintners
Tasting Room Hours are Friday and Saturday 12-6 PM and Sunday 12-5 PM. Our tasting area is in and near our production floor, so come in and get into the middle of the action.

Nefarious Cellars
Open for tasting Saturday and Sunday of Lake Chelan Crush weekends from 12-5 PM.

Beautiful vineyards in the Lake Chelan Valley at the beginning of fall season. (Courtesy of Nefarious Cellars)

One Wines, Inc.
One Wines, Inc. will be pouring our not yet released 2014 One Exception Red Wine, plus a few other surprises at both of our tasting room locations: Downtown Chelan at 526 E Woodin Ave, and at Harmony Meadows Tennis and Event Center in Manson. You will also get the opportunity to taste our beer, The Bohemian from One Brewing. Cheers!

Rio Vista Wines
Visit us at Rio Vista Wines on the River for our first annual “Cork in the Grape Stack.” You and a fellow competitor will hunt through a bushel of grapes to find the well hidden cork. Winners will be rewarded with an array of different prizes. This game is family friendly, all ages are welcome to participate. Come and give your chances a try. We look forward to seeing you soon. In addition, we will be tasting an array of both red and white wines with daily cellar tours. Open 12-5 PM.

Rocky Pond Winery
We’re open for tasting during Crush weekends. Tue-Wed 1-6 PM, Thu-Sat 1-7 PM, Open Sundays during Crush from 1-5 PM. Thursday Night Music – Oct. 5 with Jennan and Oaks Trio 5-7 PM.
During the crush weekends Rocky Pond will bring in samples of fresh grapes from our Double D Vineyards for guests to try and have a first glimpse of future wines! Thursday Night Music Oct. 12 with Eden Moody 5-7 PM.

(Photo by GoLakeChelan.com)

Siren Song Vineyard Estate and Winery
Siren Song Sensory Education on Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 14-15
At Siren Song we’re offering a wine education series during Crush weekends. Siren Song’s Sommelier Sensory Training, taught by our winemaker, Kevin Brown. Sessions are one hour and begin at 2 PM and 4 PM. Sessions cost $25 per person (complimentary for Siren Club members). E-mail reservations@sirensongwines.com

Tildio Winery
We’re open for tasting during Crush weekends from 12-5 PM. Witness active fermentation and taste some wonderful wines. Our winemaker and owners will be on site for questions and tours. We will be releasing our 2013 Estate Tempranillo!

Tsillan Cellars
Our tasting room will be open during Crush weekends 12-8 PM. Fall is a beautiful time to experience the Lake Chelan Valley and what better way to see the valley than by helicopter! On Saturday, Oct. 7, we will be doing case purchase helicopter rides! From  -5 PM, Dale England from Lake Chelan Helicopters will be standing by waiting to take you for a 15-minute scenic helicopter tour for a case purchase (one seat per case purchase) available to wine club members only. Wine and helicopter rides?! It doesn’t get more exciting than that! Vineyard tours also available to everyone.

Tunnel Hill Winery
Tasting Room open Friday through Monday 12-5 PM in October (and crush weekends). We will have live music both Saturday’s: Oct. 7 at-1 PM – Live Music with The Lake Chelan Jazz Band
Oct. 14 at 1 PM – Live Music with Jones, Wood & Nichols

Ventimiglia Cellars
Come on in the the tasting room to receive details about what weekends Ron will be doing barrel tasting up at production.

Vin Du Lac
Open during Lake Chelan Crush weekends:
Wine Tasting 12-5 PM
Lunch 12-3 PM
Dinner 5-8 PM

(Photo by GoLakeChelan.com)

Wapato Point Cellars & The Winemaker’s Grill
Relax and sip at Wapato Point Cellars for Crush!
Enjoy wine tasting in the tasting room. Sip and Relax while the kids have fun on our playground equipment. The tasting room is open from 12-5 PM. We no longer offer our complimentary tasting after 5 PM. Our bar now sells wine and cocktails (we have a full bar now), 5 PM on.

WineGirl Wines
Crush Hours: Fri. – Mon. from 12-6 PM, Saturday until 7 PM.
Grape crushing and production activities happening as grapes are harvested and periodically over the weekends. Come taste a raw fermentation directly out of the ferment bin or get a little dirty with a fermentation punch down of the grape cap.

(Courtesy of Lake Chelan Wine Valley)

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