Named after a 19th century explorer who, upon hearing the native word for the lake, charted it as Tsillan or “deep water,” Tsillan Cellars, pronounced “Chelan,” was designed and developed by Dr. Robert Jankelson to provide an unmatched venue to enjoy the Italian art of living enhanced by fine wines.
Producing an annual average of 6,500 to 7,000 cases of wine each year, Tsillan Cellars is the largest producing winery and largest estate vineyard in the Chelan Valley, and thus, is the crown jewel of the young and rapidly growing Lake Chelan wine tourism industry. The 135 acre estate is cultivated with attention to the finest viticulture techniques with an eye to producing award winning wines. A wide variety of premium wine grapes are presently planted on the estate including, Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, and Grenache, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Gewurztraminer. If any variety does not meet the standards of our winemaker, it will not be bottled. Each block of grape vineyard is continually evaluated and those varietals that do not meet their high expectations will be replaced with those varieties proven to be most compatible with the land (terroir) and climate.