History

Fielding Hills Winery is a family-owned, multi-generational business with the long view in mind. A shared passion enables us to care for and oversee each step along the way, from growing grapes to making wine. Sharing and building an authentic wine experience roots us in our future and sustains this special place.

Fielding Hills Winery traces its beginnings to 1919 when Mike’s grandfather, Isham Fielding Wade (Ike) set off from Tennessee and settled in the Wenatchee Valley. Here he planted the family’s first orchards. In 1948, Ike started Columbia Fruit Packers to pack apples and cherries and ship them to auction markets in Chicago & the East Coast. Two years later, Ike’s son and Mike’s father James Mark Wade (Jim) joined the company. In 1979 Mike Wade, owner/winemaker of Fielding Hills Winery joined the family business at Columbia Fruit Packers.

 

Mike Wade along with his grandfather, Ike and father, Jim Wade

In the 1990’s Mike combined his passion for wine and agriculture by planting wine grapes in the Wahluke Slope AVA. After becoming a licensed winery in 2000, Mike and his wife Karen along with their children, family, & friends made and sold wine out of an orchard warehouse in East Wenatchee. Mike was named Washington State’s Rising Star winemaker by Wine Spectator with his first vintage and the demand for Fielding Hills surpassed production ability. In 2014 Fielding Hills Winery expanded and built a tasting room/production facility along the shores of Lake Chelan.

While the family continues to grow, pack, & ship apples and cherries around the world, Mike also strives to embody his grandfather’s legacy in each glass of Fielding Hills wine. His desire is to produce a wine that remains connected to the land and the history of its people. Mike believes, as he looks at the family vineyard & enjoys the resulting wine, his grandfather would approve.

Land, family, and time-honored winemaking methods have produced truly satisfying wines of exceptional character, structure, and varietal expression.

 

Opening a tasting room

In the spring of 2014, Fielding Hills Winery opened its first commercial tasting room. Located on the shores of Lake Chelan, the tasting room and production facility offer an authentic wine tasting experience. Guests are welcome to enjoy small plates along with an ever-changing tasting menu. Learn more about hours, events, and details by clicking here.