RIO VISTA WINES, the Winery on the River, is a hidden jewel on the banks of the sparkling Columbia River and the only waterfront winery. You can visit by car, boat or float plane. (Call Chelan Seaplanes at 509-682-5555 for fly-in wine tasting). If you can’t come by boat or plane, watching from one of the three decks or landscaped lawns while savoring a glass of fine wine is an enjoyable experience with places for everyone to enjoy including the kids. The River is  open Saturdays only 12-5 until April.  In April will begin Friday through Sunday 12 to 6.  In May we’ll be open Wednesday through Sunday 12 to 6.



RIO VISTA at the CABIN is our new tasting room located in the quaint village of Manson. Situated in a real log cabin, we are already building a reputation as a cozy, convenient gathering place where you can enjoy your favorite Rio Vista wines around the fireplace or on the outside deck. Call 509-687-1179 for more information.  The Cabin is open Sunday through Thursday 12 to 5 and Friday and Saturday 12 to 6.

Rio Vista Viognier was selected as one of the top 50 wines in all of the Pacific Northwest! Including Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. Way go to, Winemaker John!!!

Rio Vista raised more than $11,000 during the Fire Victims Benefit Concert and Auction. Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a huge success! One hundred percent of the funds raised were used to help those affected by the recent fires in our area.

Rio Vista’s owner/winemaker John Little walked away with the top award at the annual NCW Wine Awards. This year’s competition drew 244 entries from 37 wineries. The awards culminated with a gala wine tasting and awards presentation at the Toyota Center in Wenatchee.


John’s 2013 Viognier earned the judges highest admiration with a “Best of Show” plaque. In addition he was awarded a Double Gold Medal for the 2013 Riesling; Gold Medals for the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Chardonnay and 2013 Wacky White; Silver Medals for 2012 Barbera, 2012 Malbec, 2012 Tempranillo, 2011 Loony Red, 2013 Sunset on the River; and a Bronze Medal for 2012 Pinot Noir.

No wonder he was named a Platinum Winemaker! Rio Vista’s many fans are exceedingly proud of him.

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Upcoming Events

Rio Vista on the River and Rio Vista at The Cabin
Chelan Nouveau  at both locations
Friday through Sunday for two weekends,
April 17, 18, 19 and April 24, 25, 26  12:00-6:00
Sample the release of the newest vintage of white wines:  Wild Rose Rosé, Chardonnay, Sunset on the River, Wacky White and Riesling.Spring Barrel Tasting  at both locations
Friday through Sunday May 15, 16, 17   12:00-6:00
Taste the newest vintage of red wines right from the barrel!  Try ‘vertical’ tasting and see how the wine changes as it ages in the barrel: 2012, 2013 & 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.Bach Fest at Rio Vista on the River
Thursday, July 16rh, 7:30 pm
Rio Vista On the River will be open 12 to 9 on this day.  Wine by the glass or bottle will be available as well as hot dogs and brats with all the trimmings.  The Bach Fest String Quartet will begin playing at 7:30.  Please bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on the grass.  Some chairs available if you arrive early.

Annual Boat to Rio Vista on the River and a performance by “ELVIS”
Red, White and Blue and sandy feet!!!
                                    4th of July 
Scott Coon, award-winning  ’Elvis,” and the band will perform at 5:00 pm.
Join the annual flotilla of boats and sea plane trips coming up the river for some special entertainment,  wonderful Rio Vista wines and a picnic.  Bring your own picnic or purchase one of ours.  If you can’t come by boat or float plane, come by car.

Scholarship Fund Raiser Party 
Date to be announced
A percentage of all wine and art sales will go toward college scholarships for high school graduates from Chelan, Manson, and Pateros.


The French have a saying that the best wines come from grapes grown along a river. That’s certainly true here at Rio Vista Wines. Our grapes thrive and flourish in the exceptional micro climate created by the river, the long hot summer days, the moderate winters and the unique geology of the glacial soil. It’s a great place for people to thrive and flourish, too.

You can reach us by car, by boat, or even by float plane. (Contact Chelan Sea Planes)
The hunt for great wines is an enjoyable sport, so bring your wine-loving friends and taste the passion in our wines.

Accolades for Rio Vista Wines

Wow! Rio Vista’s 2009 Cab Sauv. rated “Outstanding” by the Spring, 2013 edition of Wine Press Northwest. Rio Vista Wines joined such acclaimed wineries as Leonetti, Milbrandt, Mercer, L’Ecole, and Waterbrook in this honor.

Rio Vista was presented with a gold plaque for being named a WASHINGTON STATE TOP TEN TASTING ROOM by Seattle Met Magazine, Summer 2012.

Rio Vista 2010 Viognier was awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals; Sunset on the River, Riesling, and Merlot wines earned Silver medals, and Loony Red was presented a Bronze medal in summer wine competitions: The Best of North Central Washington, Washington Wine Competition, and Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine.


“RIO VISTA Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sunset on River and Ice Wine made the “Best of Chelan” list by the Wine Critics review.

RIO VISTA WINES partners with Port of Chelan County and Washington Water Trails Association to host Columbia River kayaking tourism events.

Welcome to Rio Vista Wines, the only waterfront winery in the region
Please visit us during our 6th year of operation and 8th year of commercial wine making

March 23 – 24 Saturday, Sunday 12:00 – 5:00
March 29 – 30 Friday, Saturday 12:00 – 5:00
April 6, 7, 13,14 Saturday, Sunday 12:00 – 5:00
April 19 – 28 Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12:00 – 5:00
May 3 – 31 Saturday, Sunday 12:00 – 6:00
June 1 – Sept 29 Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 – 6:00