Wedge Mountain Winery is a small, family-owned winery located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, five miles east of the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington. We specialize in Bordeaux-style varietals and blends, handcrafted using our own estate vineyards and selected quality vineyards in eastern Washington. We are proud of the fact that our wines have won awards in both local and international competitions.
Our own vineyards are located on the beautiful Wenatchee River, and we invite you to visit them when you come to the winery. But first you may want to sample wine in our unique, underground wine cellar and tasting room, or enjoy the surrounding picnic area. A walk to the vineyard may begin from a point overlooking the river, then continue past the big red barn, along the pasture fences to visit the horses, then on to the vineyard where you will get a closer look at the beautiful Wenatchee River: a tour that is both peaceful and refreshing. A meander through apple and pear trees brings you back to the winery.
How did we get into this? There were several reasons. In the mid-90's (and, yes, even today) it was a struggle making a living growing apples and pears, so we decided to diversify into growing wine grapes and subsequently opened the winery. Add to this the fact that winemaking has always been a part of Charlie's life: as a young Marine stationed in Naples, Italy, during the mid-fifties, Charlie learned about winemaking from local farmers and winemakers, and over the years he perfected his own style of winemaking. Professionally, as an engineer, he also had the opportunity to travel in many of Europe's great viticultural areas, always "taking notes", needless to say!
Wedge Mountain Winery produces eight different varieties of vitis vinifera, the European wine grape. First planted in 1999 on an experimental basis, and now producing between 1 and 3 tons annually, the best two varietals (meaning those which will hopefully do well in our unique growing conditions) have since been selected for further planting. In the spring of 2006, winemaker-owner Charlie McKee replaced two acres of apple and pear trees with an acre each of Riesling and Lemberger, in what is now known as "Stony Hill Vineyard". In the fall of 2006, Wedge Mountain Winery's first ever "Estate" red wine was bottled from the 2005 vintage grapes in the original vineyard, and two to three years from now, we look forward to Estate Riesling and Estate Lemberger from our Stony Hill Vineyard.
And could we ignore the wine potential of the orchard? Not entirely! Charlie makes a much-sought after Bartlett pear dessert wine "occasionally", and, when nature and the spirit allow, an even more sought after Royal Anne cherry dessert wine (we believe we have one of the few remaining Royal Anne cherry trees in the entire Wenatchee Valley!). And since we have a raspberry patch as well, it spawned our most popular dessert wine ever: Roses and Rubies.