Winery & Winemakers
Owned and operated by Mike and Karen Wade, Fielding Hills Winery is the result of time-honored, small-lot, handcrafted winemaking techniques, which maintains Mike’s desire to be closely connected from soil to glass with the wines of Fielding Hills.
Mike and Karen believe a glass of wine should take you on a journey, with one sip the story of its and its land people unfolds.
Mike Wade ⎯ Winemaker
Mike Wade crushed the first vintage of Fielding Hills Winery in 2000. With his first vintage, Mike was named Rising Star winemaker of Washington State by Wine Spectator. Since then, for nearly two decades, the family-owned estate winery has earned a rock-solid reputation as a world-class wine producer.
The first vintage produced 400 cases; after two vintages Mike doubled that number to 800 in 2002. With continued consumer demand, Mike increased to 1,200 cases in 2011. Fall of 2013 saw the first Malbec crushed off of Riverbend Estate Vineyard. Crush in 2014 was at Fielding Hill’s new winery and tasting room in Chelan Washington. At this new facility, production has again doubled with grapes crushed to produce 2,400+ cases. With the move to Chelan and an increase in production, Fielding Hills hired its first employee Winemaker Tyler Armour. Together, Mike and Tyler work to create a stand-alone product which reflects their passion.
Mike’s passion for winemaking and desire to be “hands-on” means he is the winemaker, viticulturist, cellar master, and all other winemaking roles. He is guided by intuition and his palette while educated business and agriculture. He knew for many years he wanted to establish an estate winery and produce world-class wine grown in family-owned vineyards. This process begins in the vineyard for Mike. He planted the best rootstock available in soil proven to produce great wine grapes. In the early days at Fielding Hills, he read, asked lots of questions, and took a course at UC Davis. His winemaking philosophy is to grow the best grapes possible then create the path where they can best express themselves.
Tyler Armour ⎯ Winemaker
Tyler Armour was born and raised in Wenatchee, Washington. He attended college at Washington State University, studying Food Science. While attending his university courses, Tyler found himself deeply interested in fermentation science. This led to a change in studies, focusing on Enology and Viticulture. While attending university Tyler was assistant winemaker at Merry Cellars Winery, and conducted undergraduate research in a plant genomics laboratory.
Tyler graduated from Washington State University December 2010, with a Bachelor of Science in Enology and Viticulture. January 2011, Tyler worked a harvest in Yallingup, Western Australia at Deep Woods Estate. Upon returning to the States, Tyler did another harvest stint at DiStefano Winery in Woodinville, Washington. In 2012 Tyler was hired as Assistant Winemaker at Barons Winery and remained until 2014.
In 2014, Tyler moved closer to home when he was hired as Assistant Winemaker at Fielding Hills Winery. He helped oversee the construction and design of the new winemaking facility in Chelan, along with the doubling of production starting with the 2014 vintage. He has since grown the FHW wine lineup to include a Rosé and Chenin Blanc (Chardonnay and Roussanne to come). A curious mind drives Tyler to constantly experiment. This drive was the force that helped the Concentric Wine Project, an experimental wine project based on the idea of “Serious experiments. Fun wines.” come to fruition in 2017. Tyler earned the title of Winemaker in 2018, alongside Owner/Winemaker Mike Wade.