CR Sandidge Wines

Rise above the fray. C. R. Sandidge invites you to encounter what nature and time have blessed us with.

About the winery
Founded in 1999 by Ray and Athena Sandidge, C. R. Sandidge is a small family owned and operated winery and vineyard. We produce but 1,600 cases of wine annually. Our focus is primarily red wine (about 85%). Our winemaker Ray Sandidge has been making wine for 36 years and counting. He was taught his craft by some of the world's finest. Our approach to winemaking and grape growing is considered sustainable bordering on organic. We often utilize native yeast found in our Purtteman estate vineyard to conduct our fermentations. In a nutshell, we endeavor to make excellent quality wines which express our unique terroir.

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Opening Hours
Monday: ClosedTuesday: ClosedWednesday: 12:00 - 18:00Thursday: 12:00 - 18:00Friday: 12:00 - 18:00Saturday: 12:00 - 18:00Sunday: 12:00 - 18:00
Summer Hours
Monday: 12:00 - 18:00Tuesday: 12:00 - 18:00Wednesday: 12:00 - 18:00Thursday: 12:00 - 18:00Friday: 12:00 - 18:00Saturday: 12:00 - 18:00Sunday: 12:00 - 18:00
Cellar door / shop
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Events / Weddings
English, German
Children friendly
Disabled access
Grape varieties
Chardonnay, Chenin BlancCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dolcetto, Malbec, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Tannat
History & Geography
Winemaking stints in the Rheingau region of Germany and North America over a 19 year period enabled Ray to select the perfect terroir needed to grow superb quality wine grapes. Together, Ray and Athena established their vineyard and winery in the high desert Lake Chelan basin which is found in north central Washington State. The soils are like no other in the Pacific Northwest. Formed 9,000 years ago during the last ice age, deep-rich ground containing silty-sandy loam and glacial rubble provide the nutrients needed for grapevines to flourish. Our estate vineyard named Purtteman is somewhat bowl shaped with the east side missing. Vines are planted on south, southwest and northeast facing slopes. A stingy 12 inches (30cm) of precipitation fall annually. Our site elevation lies between 1,600 feet (488m) and 1,850 feet (564m) above sea level.
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