2024 will mark twenty five years of making wine for Fielding Hills Winery and its owners and founding winemaker, Mike and Karen Wade. To celebrate, we have curated twenty-five events, promotions, and experiences throughout 2024.Coining the years long celebration “twenty-five in ‘24”
With Mike’s first production year, Fielding Hills Winery produced 400 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and a Red Table Wine. 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.
There have been many highlights over the last 25 years for Fielding Hills and the Wades. They have had 2 wines on the top 100 Best Wines of the World, the 2013 Merlot was named Best in State, they have been a guest winery at the prestigious Dallas Heat Association Auction and the Tasting room was named as one of 3 tasting rooms you need to visit in Washington state.
If you ask the Wades what has been the best about owning a winery they will both say “we’ve made lifelong friends and met the best people. We even sat next to Walter Clore at an industry dinner back in the birth years of winemaking in Washington State. Add to that having wine we enjoy and see others enjoy is pretty amazing. We often sit at the winery’s tasting room on the shores of Lake Chelan and ask each other ‘“what have we done?'”.
In 2023 Lake Chelan native and fourth generation orchardist Shane Collins joined Fielding Hills as Head Winemaker. Bringing with him experience in numerous growing regions and winemaking styles.
Throughout 2024, Wine Club Members and guests can expect experiences focused on celebrating the history of Fielding Hills Winery and showcasing the team’s dedication to making world-class, true to varietal wines. Experiences will include round-trip vineyard tours to the winery’s estate vineyards in the Wahluke Slope, co-hosted winemaker dinners and tastings throughout the state of Washington, and a harvest kick-off party toward the end of summer to celebrate the 25th harvest.
One notable shift that is accompanying the yearlong celebration is a change in Wine Club Members at Fielding Hills. We love creating and sharing our special place with all of you. In 2024, our Road 27 Wine Club will undergo a transition of sorts. Members can expect two big changes, first the name.
We are changing the club name to Monument Club…more on that later. Second, after years of feedback from our membership we are moving the club from a single allocation of six wines in the Fall to two allocations (each of six wines) in the Spring and Fall.
The Spring allocation will be predominantly library wine focused, covering the heavy-hitters and highly rated wines of yesteryear. While the Fall release will continue to be the first access to the newest vintage. Members will also see their discounts and perks increase. For a full list of changes, click here. Road 27 Wine Club as we know it today will close on December 31st, 2024. Current members will be transitioned into Monument Club throughout the year.
Our HWY 243 Wine Club, the exclusively white wine club, will continue to operate as is. Notably though, we will be changing its name as well. The club name is now Landmark Wine Club. The club benefits and perks will remain largely the same.
The entire team at Fielding Hills Winery is honored and humbled to share our wines and our lives with you. We are lucky to do what we love and have folks to share it with. Thank you for the continued support and community.