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

Estate Tasting Room   

Thursday – Monday 

12:00 – 6:00

(closed Tuesday & Wednesday)

 Downtown Manson Tasting Room 

Friday & Saturday

12:00 – 6:00 

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

  (509) 687-0726



Our Reds

Discover our Red Wines


Estate TNT

This power load Bordeaux style blend is 100% estate grown. Consisting of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petit Verdot, 30% Merlot and 10% Carménère. Aged 3 years in American oak, this wine is a deep, full bodied, fruit forward dazzler bursting with aromatics and complex flavors of red cherry, black currant, pepper and hints of smoky 2015. This blend is well structured with persistent fine grain tannins enhanced by a delicate, light spicy finish. Enjoy its explosion of flavors all evening long!

3 Years American Oak    Residual Sugar: 0.3%

Estate Phoenix

This 100% estate red blend consists of 38% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot and 12% Petite Syrah. It exhibits aromatics and flavors of red cherry, black currant and cedar notes complimented by traces of pepper and undertones of caramel and vanilla. In 2013, we lost our production facility to a brush fire. Rising from the ashes was no easy feat for us but we persevered. This red blend is a tribute to the blood, sweat and tears that went into rebuilding our life’s work. Like the Phoenix, we too rose from the ashes.

1.5 Years American Oak    Residual Sugar: 0.4%

Estate Syrah

Wow! Meaty, beaty, big and bouncy, it doesn’t get any better than this! As usual this Syrah is 100% Four Lakes estate fruit. Powerful but refined best describes the character of this wine. This fresh and lively wine is bursting with aromas of black fruit, black pepper and pomegranate. On the palate, this wine has a light bodied velvety sensation. The intricate flavors of black fruit and spice are intertwined for a surprising, sustained peppery finish. “Smile awhile with this Syrah”.

2 Years American Oak    Residual Sugar: 0.4%

Our Whites

Discover our White Wines


Estate Riesling

Hilltop clarity with this 100% estate grown, un-oaked and dry Riesling. At first the honey smoothness gives way to a fruit forward explosion. Tantalizingly subtle hints of citrus, pear and apple create a lasting aroma that melts out with a delicate finish on the palette. The citrusy tingle adds the perfect finish to this refreshing sunny day wine.

8 months stainless steel    Residual Sugar: 0.4%

Estate Viognier

Wow, come sail away with this wine! This wine jumps right out at you. This un-oaked Viognier is 100% Four Lakes estate fruit. Let it rest softly in your mouth and the subtle floral hints will become evident. Connoisseurs will contemplate the tricky mind bender of complex intertwining flavors that tingle the senses. Our estate fruit really brings out the nice floral characteristics of the varietal on the nose with a full-bodied caramel mouth feel. Be patient, the smoothness will take you away.

8 months stainless steel    Residual Sugar: 0.4%

Estate Girl’s Got Rhythm

Holy Shamoley! Consisting of 75% Orange Muscat and 25% Gewürztraminer, this handcrafted summer blend is light and crisp with a smooth finish. It makes us reminiscent of a liquidy love with white peachy flavors, finger limes and mellow satsuma combined with a touch of tantalizingly succulent mango with a refreshing floral finish. Absolutely delectable.

8 months stainless steel    Residual Sugar: 0.4%

White Trinity

This Un-oaked rosé is inspired by our first red blend, Trinity, which was produced during our first year in the wine business in 2004. With equal thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah you will find that this is a full-bodied dry rose wine that reveals notes of stone fruit, bing cherry, rhubarb and finishes with a touch of brown sugar.

8 months stainless steel    Residual Sugar: 0.3%

Estate White Merlot

Shoot me straight. This is a 100% estate Merlot with a creative twist of no skin contact during fermentation! This new release has a sunset gold color that leads to the complex deep undercurrents of Merlot’s darker tendencies with nuances of dark berry and cherry. The investigative senses can feel the rare smoothness of this naked merlot adding an unexpected sophistication that caresses the senses for a long smooth finish.

8 months stainless steel Residual Sugar: 0.4%           



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’s a rocker.


She’s crafty


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.