The land selected for our C R Sandidge estate vineyard is literally a masterstroke from God. Slope, the various soil types present and elevation were all taken into consideration prior to selecting the grape varieties to plant on each specific location on the property. The property is located between 1,600 and 1,850 feet above sea level. It is shaped like a half amphitheater. Two-thirds of the site slopes to the southwest whereby the remaining property slopes upward facing to the [...]
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C. R. Sandidge Wines, on the north side of the Lake Chelan, the community of Manson, Wash. houses a number of wineries. The tasting room for C.R. Sandidge sits on the town’s main drag in a modest building that only hints at the global success of its winemaker. After a 30-year career that has earned him awards and accolades enough to fill a barrel, Ray Sandidge now crafts his superb wines in Manson, a local boy coming full circle to [...]
The story behind C.R. Sandidge Winery centers on Ray Sandidge himself. Considered one of the state’s top winemakers, Ray consults with a number of Chelan-area wineries and is also the winemaker for nearby Lake Chelan Winery. Some wineries come off more like business entities, and their survival doesn’t seem to depend on their winemakers. However, Ray is the heart of C.R. Sandidge. We can only hope that he doesn’t win the lottery and move to Australia to start “C.R. Sandidge [...]
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Ray Sandidge, a true pioneer among North Central Washington winemakers, plans to break ground on a new vineyard, tasting room and wine production facility in north Chelan this spring. “It’s a plan 30 years in the making,” said Sandidge, former director of wine production for Lake Chelan Winery and Karma Vineyards along with his own C. R. Sandidge Wines. Sandidge and his wife, Athena, recently purchased 14 acres of former apple orchard on Boyd Road, between Chelan and Manson. They [...]