Four Lakes Winery has joined the throng of wineries expanding into downtown Manson. Wine lovers who visit Manson this season will be greeted by many new wine tasting rooms, as well as cideries and breweries who have filled the downtown Manson core recently.
“We want to catch all the Manson foot traffic,” Four Lakes Owner/Manager Karl Koester explained. “Everybody is getting down here and we want to be part of that.”
Four Lakes Winery has had a tasting room located at 4491 Wapato Lake Road in Manson, Washington since 2009, following the planting of their vineyard in 2005. The winery was founded by father and son duo Don and Karl Koester.
As a boy, Don came to Chelan every summer with his family. His grandfather, Percy Goldsworthy, homesteaded in Omak and moved to Chelan at the turn of century. He was the superintendent for the Chelan County school system and named the mascot for the school the ‘Goats’.
Don and his son, Karl bought sixty-three acres in Manson in 2004 and ten acres on Howard Flats to start the vineyards and varietals that go into Four Lakes wines. The Four Lake names refers to the four lakes in Manson – Wapato Lake, Roses Lake, Dry Lake and, of course, Lake Chelan. Guests that visit their original tasting room on Wapato Lake Road can enjoy 360 degree views of all four lakes.
Now as successful winemakers, the Koesters are celebrating the grand opening of their second tasting room which took place on May 13, 2017 during Manson Apple Blossom Weekend.
“Our soft opening was standing room only, so it’s been great,” Karl said of the festivities which included live music by blues band Eclectic Duo. “Hopefully we will have an acoustic guitar at least every Saturday.”
Wine-lovers filled the small but efficient tasting room to sip on Four Lakes wines and enjoy the view out the door of the Manson Apple Blossom Parade which marched down town on the same day. Koester and his family worked quickly to open in time for the popular community event.
“We signed the lease three months ago, and it took us a good three weeks to get it remodeled,” Koester stated. “We figure Manson is going to be the next hot wine spot with 16 wineries within walking distance from one another.”
Four Lakes Winery offers three red wines and two whites. “Our Bordeaux known as the TNT is amazing, but the Syrah is probably our best seller right now,” Karl stated. They also offer a Cabernet Sauvignon and for white, a Viognier and Chardonnay.
Wine lovers can visit the new Four Lakes Winery tasting room in downtown Manson Friday through Sunday from 12-6 p.m. Beginning May 26, they will be open daily from 12-6 p.m. The tasting room is located at 70B Wapato Way Manson, Washington. For more information on the winery and their offerings, visit the Four Lakes Winery website, visit their Facebook page, or call (509) 687-0726.
(By Jillian Foster)