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 ⎯Founding Winemaker & Owner
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 over 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 employees. Together, Mike and the winemaking team work to create a stand-alone product that 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 in 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.
Shane Collins – Head Winemaker
Shane Collins is a native of the Lake Chelan Valley as a fourth-generation orchardist. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Washington State University, his interests in farming and agriculture encouraged him to pursue the field of viticulture and enology after getting a taste of the preliminary Lake Chelan Wine industry where he began his first sales position in 2003.
Shane has worked across the state of Washington, experiencing numerous different growing regions and winemaking styles. His desire and passion for the Lake Chelan area and its unique soil and climatic qualities brought Shane back to the Chelan Valley where he has been growing grapes and making wine since 2007.
His passion for advocacy has seen him serve as a board member of the Lake Chelan Wine Alliance, Cascade Valley Wine Country of the greater Chelan County area and is currently the Chair of the Washington Winegrowers Association and government affairs co-chair. Shane is proud to provide a voice from the expanding Lake Chelan AVA and surrounding areas of North Central Washington.