Welcome to Four Lakes Winery

A family owned and operated winery in the beautiful Chelan Valley.

Come sip a glass of our award winning estate grown wines while you enjoy a 360 degree view of Chelan, Wapato, Roses, and Dry Lakes.

The tasting room has been in operation since July 4, 2009 and is located in Manson on Wapato Lake Road just past our neighbors, Hard Row To Hoe and Tildio wineries. We invite you to come and relax, chat with the owners, Don Koester and Karl  Koester.

We look forward to meeting you and sharing in a unique wine experience at Four Lakes Chelan Winery.

Tasting Room Hours

Scenic Tasting Room Hours: Thursday-Sunday 12:00 – 6:00

(4491 Wapato Lake Rd. Manson, WA 98831)

Downtown Manson Tasting Room Hours: Friday – Sunday 12:00 – 6:00

(70B Wapato Way Manson, WA 98831)

We encourage you to bring a picnic, and you are more than welcome to use our grill with the purchase of wine.

Find Us

Our scenic tasting room is located at:

4491 Wapato Lake Road in Manson, Washington

Head west on State Route 150 along the north shore of Lake Chelan. Turn right at the casino onto Wapato Lake Road.  Follow Wapato Lake Road for 3.5 miles and look for our stone sign on your left side. Take a left at the second gravel driveway and follow it until you reach our stunning tasting room.

Step outside and take in the amazing views of Chelan, Wapato, Roses, and Dry Lakes. Cheers!

Our second tasting room location in downtown Manson is located at:

70 B Wapato Way Manson, WA 98831

Contact Us

You can reach us at  (509) 687-0726

Wine Club: Mariah@fourlakeswinery.com

Testimonials

zufrieden

Four Lakes is a must visit in the Lake Chelan Region of eastern Washington State; the view of all 4 lakes makes the trip worthwhile if nothing else. But don’t let that deceive you: the wines are serious efforts at quality and the 2008 Merlot is no exception. Young vines notwithstanding, the flavor is all there: lots of cola, cherry and vigorous red fruit flavor. The nose is inviting with wild thimbleberry on the the wind with that enticing cola-cherry of young, youthful, Merlot vines. This – along with the Syrah offering – will become the signature wines of this sizeable estate. Buy and support!

Nathan Lightner

Come for the TNT! Stellar views above the valley and glass smooth lakes from the patio… Very cool

Neha S.

We had wonderful time at four lakes winery. View are spectacular! We bought the TNT and unfiltered Trinity. Marit was amazing hostess and we will surely come back here.

Our Staff

Karl

Karl’s a rocker.

Mariah

She’s crafty

Marit

She’s a writer.

Our Story

Thirty-five years ago, Don Koester was stationed at a Boeing site in the mountains seven miles from Morgan Hill, CA. The guys who had families back in Seattle would spend every weekend going to Napa, Sonoma, Russian River, Santa Cruz, and Lodi Valley and spend whole weekends touring and tasting different wines. Don was more interested in the ‘mom and pop’ wineries than the bigger wineries and decided that’s what he would like to do when he grew up.

Karl & Don

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 superintendant for the Chelan County school system and named the mascot for the school the ‘goats’. His wife had heart problems and they moved to Seattle when Bernice, Don’s mother, was sixteen.

“One thing I liked about Chelan was that my asthma went away. I loved the dry mountains and the deep cold clear waters. Our love for wine and Chelan was an easy marriage.”

Don and his son, Karl, collaborated in 2001 and the Four Lakes Chelan Winery seed was planted. In 2004 they bought sixty-three acres in Manson, WA where the tasting room now resides, and ten acres on Howard Flats which is six miles east of the tasting room.  This is where Karl suddenly became a farmer with the flick of a pen.   Taking down apple trees, names, and planting grapes the first year, we continued to add acreage for the next five years.  We have planted twenty varietals so far, all of which have done great.

For Karl, winemaking started out as a hobby. Until 1999, he owned his own contracting company and had an educational background in physics and chemistry. Now a successful winemaker at his family’s vineyard, Four Lakes Chelan Winery, he looks back at his first attempts at making his own wine and beer and finds joy in the fact that he decided to turn his hobby into a career.

Making the switch from contractor to winemaker wasn’t a difficult transition for Karl. Having owned his own company, he was familiar with the skills required for running crews, organizing projects, and building structures.

“I built the winery and tasting room with my dad and crew,” Karl explains. ” I have a background in physics and chemistry, and my crew and I planted and now manage all our vineyards”.

Karl has experienced a lot of trial and errors and obsessed over making a perfect wine throughout the years. As he steadily learned the craft of winemaking and vineyard management, he became an experienced winemaker.  He continually worked on bettering his craft through books, college courses, and advice from others.

Now, Four Lakes Chelan Winery has found a niche with its big bold red wines and light crisp white wines. Starting with his 2004 vintage, Karl has been generating recognition and winning medals for his successful wine making work.

Karl has been making beer and wines for twelve years now from all sorts of different fruits. Some turned out great, others turned out not so great, (like the Grapefruit and Lemon wine, not so good), and has sixty-two medals and two “best of class” to his credit so far.  We will also began making Grappa and Brandy in the fall of 2010.