Hello and welcome to Tildio Winery!
We are a small family run winery in the Lake Chelan AVA. Owners Milum and Katy Perry live on the Estate Vineyard property and are involved in all stages of the farming, wine production and tasting room. Make the short drive out to Manson and relax on our patio overlooking beautiful Roses Lake. We chose this property for it's exceptional setting and it's ability to grow quality fruit. Our Estate Vineyard is planted to Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Syrah, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc.
When did we start Tildio?
The vineyard property was purchased in 2001 with plans to have our own vineyard and winery. Besides the view of Roses Lake, Slide Ridge, and the North Cascades Wilderness, it has some very practical aspects that are great for grapes. It is gently sloped from top to bottom for cold air drainage in the winter, not too high at 1,200 feet of elevation, has sandy loam soil that is well drained and is southwest facing - four great elements for a vineyard. We planted about an acre of vines in the spring of 2002 with help from family and friends. We planted several more acres the next year and in the third year we planted the rest of the property. Milum built the winery with two helpers starting in 2004 (yes, he pounded nails) and finished out the tasting room in time to open the doors in spring of 2005. We are still hands-on in every way. Growing grapes and making wine is a passion for us and we value being involved in every step. By doing the work ourselves we control everything from growing the grapes to putting the finished wine in the bottle.
What's in a name?
Tildio is the Spanish name for the Killdeer bird, a shore bird that arrives in early spring to breed in our vineyard. An interesting fact about the killdeer is they don't build nests. They lay their eggs directly on the ground and pretend to be wounded to lure predators away from their chicks when approached. As a predator falls for their act and starts to chase after the "wounded bird," the parent Tildio will take flight for 50 feet, crash to the ground and start all over again, flopping about and crying distress calls. This is their only defense mechanism, but it is very effective. Just ask our dog Ruby. It took her several days to finally figure it out. A sure sign that spring has arrived at Tildio is when the young hatch out to thimble-sized runners.