About Us

If you grew up in the valley or just took up residence here for an extended period, I am sure you would agree one of this valley’s biggest challenges is having sustainable year-round career opportunities. Here at Manson Distillery LLC we want to tackle this problem not just for us but for the whole community.

 

We kept asking ourselves ‘what can we do to help.’ We came up with a solution; apples, apples, and more apples. As Manson Distillery grows so will our need for more locally grown apples. By offering partnerships with orchards to get the apples we need by taking the apples that do not meet the standards set by the retail market. By creating this extra demand for apples we hope to keep Manson’s orchards and the valley’s history from being lost.

Our Vision

To create a lasting positive impact through the creation of jobs, increasing tourism and most importantly creating new markets for our local produce.

Our Mission

To improve our community by creating jobs, attracting more tourism and keeping our small town traditions alive.

Bringing You the taste of the valley

Let’s add distilled spirits to the repertoire of this valley. Manson is already quite the destination. But add brandy, vodka and whiskey and there will be no excuse to not visit.

Meet The Family

Colin and Dorette own and operate a 6 acre vineyard estate, 30 acre apple orchard, distillery and lease a 10 acre apple orchard. Grapes from their vineyard estate are leased to Vin Du Lac and have been crafted into award winning wines. Apples they farm are sold through Chelan fruit and Manson growers.

This power couple makes a great team, Dorette brings plans, dreams and aspirations to life on paper while Colin then takes those plans and materializes them. It was not hard for Colin to get Dorette to fall in love with the Chelan valley and move to Manson and have set their sights on bringing their dreams to life. All the while taking over orchards, vineyards and starting a distillery. Building a synergetic portfolio to be the foundation for their family and future generations.

Dorette Banghart

Dorette brings to the table a broad array of culture and a mind for design. Dorette Prinsloo (now Banghart) has international roots, was born in South Africa, graduated high school and obtained a masters degree in architecture at Auckland University New Zealand (2011), has family in Australia, Indonesia, South Africa and now here in America. Dorette has worked on a wide variety of projects in her architectural career, everything from small homes to McDonalds upgrades and even retrofitting warehousing for Amazon. But don’t let that bore you, Dorette competed as a cyclist in the women’s New Zealand nationals for 5 years. She spent her summers during her youth years helping her grandparents on a large farm in South Africa. From straw hats and overalls to black tie banquets and galas, Dorette has much to offer this partnership.

Colin Banghart

Colin Banghart is a motivated doer, bringing plans written on paper to life. After graduating from Manson High School and working in the valley for a few years Colin moved to the west side of the state to pursue a career. But after marrying his dream team wife, set his sights on moving back to Manson. Colin was raised in an agricultural family. His grandparents owned and operated a carnivorous plant nursery, his mom bred and trained horses and in his youth always had cows, pigs or chickens. It was only natural for him to want to move to where he could give his family similar experience. And so was motivated to move back to Manson and tackle one of the valley’s biggest challenges, creating sustainable careers and living.