Benson Vineyards Estate Winery is located overlooking beautiful Lake Chelan. Over 23 acres are planted in vineyard. A courtyard, winery, and private tasting room overlook both the vineyard and the lake and add to the beautiful ambiance.Our winery is a currently building a small event area in which we hope to provide luxury and fun to public, private, business and community events.
Our premium wines began in our estate vineyards overlooking the pristine waters of Lake Chelan. Located on the bountiful north shore our grapevines are planted in sandy loam soil deposited by receding Cascade Mountain glaciers thousands of years ago. These glaciers provide us with the crystal clear water we irrigate our vines with today. The long sunny days and cool nights of Eastern Washington develop the unique flavors you will find in our wines.
Benson Vineyards Estate Winery is family owned and operated. Paul & Kathy Benson (mom and dad) fell in love with Lake Chelan while vacationing with their two son's Scott & Jeff in the late 1970's. They soon made their vacation cottage into a full time residence after Paul retired in 1996. In retirement Paul and Kathy visited many wine growing areas. After several enjoyable and fact finding trips to the Okanogan wine region of British Columbia, they began talking seriously about growing grapes in the Chelan area. After nearly two years of research and joining the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, they asked both sons to join the exciting new adventure! Paul and his son Jeff began removing the existing apple orchard and preparing the property for wine grapes, while son Scott left his promising career in industrial engineering to go back to college and receive a degree in viticulture and enology. By 2002 they had planted 23 acres of vineyard to 10 different vinifera grape varieties. In 2004 the story really began with the first harvest! The winery is 100% estate, and currently has 7 red and 4 white varieties planted.
Wines and Varieties: Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Syrah, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Ice Wine.
Enjoy the flavors of our beautiful valley with friends and family - the way wine was meant to be.
From our family to yours, cheers!