Chelan is nestled at the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountains, on the shores of beautiful Lake Chelan. It is one of the smaller wine regions in Washington State and at the same time one of the most scenic wine regions. Featuring only around 30 wineries embracing the shores of Lake Chelan and providing some of the most breathtaking views and the best ways to see it is E-Bike wine tour in Chelan.
One of the best ways to explore the Chelan Wine Region and this beautiful town is to go on the E-Bike Wine Tour. The E-Bike Wine Tour we picked goes to three different wineries from small family owned to one of the biggest wineries in the region.
Lake Chelan AVA
Lake Chelan was designated the official AVA (American Viticultural Area) in 2009. The grapes have been grown in this region for over 100 years however the first production wine was sold in 2002.
The AVA covers over 24,000 acres and includes southern and eastern portions of the land surrounding the lake. Because of its proximity to the lake, the region sees more favorable temperatures resulting in a longer growing season and a reduced risk of frost.
One advantage that wineries here have over all other Washington wine regions is the views. It seems like every winery has a stunning view of the lake where you can sit and forget about everything else.
E-Bike Wine Tour In Chelan Stats
The tour starts at 11 am and lasts for four hours.
During this time, you will ride approximately 18 miles around the town and the lake, and stop for wine tastings and snacks at three different wineries.
The E-Bike Wine Tour Cost – we used Chelan Electric Bikes, and the cost was $80 per person.
What is Included in the Wine Tour – e-bike, all the safety gear (optional), the guide, and a little trailer the guide rides around to carry the wine you purchase.
What is Not Included in the Wine Tour – wine tastings, snacks, and wine purchases.
E-Bike Wine Tour in Chelan
The E-Bike Wine Tour meeting point is at Chelan Riverwalk Park. There is plenty of parking around the park. Upon arrival, you will be introduced to the tour guide, and he will give you a quick lesson on how to ride an E-Bike. Once the waivers are signed and safety equipment issued, you can ride the bikes around the park to get a feel for how they ride. If you have never ridden one, they are slightly different from conventional bikes.
TIP: There are park public bathrooms you can use before starting the tour.
From the start the views are stunning. It can be hard to concentrate on riding bikes, all you want to do is stare at this magnificent lake and its surroundings. The guide will stop at a few different spots to share some history about Chelan and allow patrons to take pictures.
The first winery stop is at Fielding Hills Winery. Fielding Hills started as the apple and cherry orchard like many other wineries in the area. This family-owned winery planted its first grapes in 1998 and had its first production in 2000. The flagship of the winery is a red blend – Tribute, a tribute to the winery’s legacy.
The tasting grounds are a combination of beautiful indoor space and an, even more, majestic outdoor area with 270-degree views of Lake Chelan.
After about 45-minute tasting here, you will get back up on your bikes and ride north on Lakeshore Road surrounded by more breathtaking views. On your way back the next stop is probably the most recognizable name of the region – Tsillan Cellars.
Everything at Tsillan Cellars is elegant and beautiful, maybe a little too much for our taste. We enjoyed the wine tasting and charcuterie board at the cellar gardens. Another gem on the grounds is Sorrento’s Ristorante, an excellent place for a nice dinner with a view and good wine. This wine tasting lasted about an hour.
The last place we visited on this E-Bike Wine Tour was a small husband and wife winery in the city – One Wines. There is nothing glamorous about this place, there is no magnificent view either, at least not yet, but what sets it apart is the vibe of a quaint local hangout.
Jo, one of the owners, makes you feel at home the moment you walk in. This is also the only winery we visited where someone close to the wine-making process was participating in the wine tasting. She talked about different tasting notes and pairings for the wines which makes it a much more enjoyable and educational experience.
Every year they produce One White Wine, One Rosé Wine, and One Red Wine that Jo, Greg, and the winemaker all must agree on. Hence the name, One Wines!
A visit to One Wines was a great conclusion to this amazing E-Bike Wine Tour. By 3 pm you will be back in the park where the tour started.
Tips for the Best Experience
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You will be riding bikes and being comfortable makes an enormous difference.
Bring sun protection – sunscreen, glasses, and hats are all needed. Chelan gets over 300 days of sunshine a year so whenever you decide to visit chances are you will need sun protection.
Water and snacks. Bring water with you to stay hydrated. Some wineries have snacks for purchase, while others do not.
May have to bring a backpack for your stuff. This is optional depending on how much stuff you are bringing with you. The bikes have a bottle holder and a little pouch for your small personal items (wallet, phone, etc). If you are bringing snacks and layers of clothing, you may need to bring a backpack with you. The tour guide can put it in his little trailer attached to his bike.
Other Things to do in Chelan
Go for another wine tasting – there are tons of different wineries to visit we decided to stop at Nefarious Cellars. What factored into this decision for us, more than anything else, was the view.
Visit Lake Chelan State Park – a great place for camping, walking, fishing, and swimming.
Visit Stehekin – only accessible by boat or hiking, you can take Lady of the Lake from Chelan to Stehekin.
Water Sports – there are many places to rent kayaks, jet skis, pontoon or party boats and enjoy the lake’s beauty.
Catch a Movie at Ruby Theater – the historic theater in town.
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