Tsillan Cellars owner, Dr. Bob Jankelson, describes great wine as a gift of geography, soil and sun playing a symphony in the vineyard. With 15 years of experience managing Tsillan Cellars’ award-winning estate vineyards Bal Flores combined with veteran winemaker Ray Sandidge to bring unprecedented honors to the Chelan Valley on the tenth anniversary of being recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA).
Working with Tsillan Cellars estate grown fruit, Sandidge produced nine Double Gold Medals, four Gold Medals and three silver medals for Tsillan Cellars in the 2019 Seattle Wine Awards. Double Gold is awarded only when all five judges deem that wine worthy of a Gold medal.
In addition, Tsillan Cellars 2009 Estate Bellissima Rosa, 2009 Estate Reserve Syrah and 2009 Estate Sinistra were awarded Diamond of the Decade Award as outstanding ten-year-old wines from the 2009 vintage. This is a testament not only to the world class quality of Lake Chelan grapes but to the classic ability of the wines to age well.
Tsillan Cellars was an early pioneer of Lake Chelan viticulture. It is the largest and most awarded estate winery in the Lake Chelan AVA, having been awarded over 300 Gold and Double Gold medals in regional, national and international wine competitions.
Tsillan Cellars received recent recognition by Wine Press Northwest Magazine as the eighth most awarded Washington winery in the “Best of the Best” Platinum Wine Competition the past ten years. There are more than 950 wineries in Washington State. It is obvious that Tsillan Cellars and Lake Chelan grape growing can compete with the very best in the Northwest.
Diamond of the Decade Award – 2009 Estate Bellissima Rossa
Diamond of the Decade Award – 2009 Estate Reserve Syrah
Diamond of the Decade Award – 2009 Estate Sinistra
Double Gold – 2016 Estate Reserve Malbec
Double Gold – 2016 Estate Piccolo Rosso
Double Gold – 2016 Estate Bellissima Rossa
Double Gold – 2018 Estate Bocciolo di Rosa
Double Gold – 2016 Estate Grenache – Syrah
Double Gold – 2016 Estate Syrah
Double Gold – 2016 Estate Sinistra
Double Gold – 2016 Estate Reserve Syrah
Gold – 2018 Estate Gewurztraminer
Gold – 2018 Estate Viognier
Gold – 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Gold – 2016 Estate Sangiovese
Silver – 2016 Estate Barbera
Silver – 2016 Estate Bella Vigna
Silver – 2018 Estate Pinot Grigio