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It’s not quite clear whether the unincorporated community of Malaga in North Central Washington was named after the famous Spanish port city or the wine that originated from that city. It may, in fact, have nothing at all to do with either, though the area is justly famous for growing some of the best grapes and producing some of the best wines in the northwest. These days, Malaga, Washington real estate has been attracting more and more attention from wineries and vintners.
A community of roughly 3,000 people, Malaga lies on the banks of the Columbia River, less than 20 minutes southeast of the city of Wenatchee. Across it is East Wenatchee and it lies northwest of the Rock Island Dam.
As with most of the other communities in Chelan County and the Wenatchee Valley, Malaga is blessed with outstanding views of the Columbia River, the rising eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountain range and the lush valley itself. Mainly an agricultural community, Malaga is bedecked with apple and pear orchards and what looks like a growing number of vineyards, the most well-known of which is the St. Laurent Winery, whose wines have received gold, platinum and outstanding ratings from a number of prestigious wine competitions.
Owners of Malaga, Washington real estate not only have immediate access to good wine, but also to several lakes and reservoirs, as well as recreation areas and its own 18-hole golf course.