Lake Chelan (AVA)
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Lake Chelan AVA encompasses a 24,040-acre area surrounding Lake Chelan and is the 11th appellation in the state. Located in north central Washington, the Lake Chelan Valley lies entirely within the Columbia Valley AVA and is about 112 miles east-northeast of Seattle. Distinguishing features of the Lake Chelan viticultural area include its ancient geology, geography, soils, and climate as directly influenced by past alpine glacial activity of the Cascade region.

Lake Chelan Valley is the only valley in the Cascade Range which has a natural lake of its size or depth. The climate of the agricultural and viticultural lands surrounding the lower (eastern) end of the lake is strongly moderated by the thermal effect of the lake on the air temperatures. The glacier that formed during the last ice age and traveled from the Cascade crest to the eastern end of the modern lake left a defining imprint on the landforms of the Lake Chelan Valley. Also, pumice and ash from eruptions of volcanoes in the Cascade Range (principally Glacier Peak to the west of the new viticultural area) formed soils that are ashier and more pumiceous than those in any other established viticultural area in Washington State.

Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, and Chardonnay are the primary grapes grown here, all aided by the temperatures moderated by the waters of Lake Chelan. While only about 200 acres in the region have been planted, expansion is inevitable.

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The AppellationAmerica database identifies 21 wines labeled with the Lake Chelan designation.

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