Judy Phelps


Don't be fooled by the whimsy of the wine names, they belie Judy's commitment to the vineyards and to making exceptional wines.  Judy is focused on helping to develop and define the terrior of the Lake Chelan AVA by making primarily single vineyard, single varietal wines to show the expression of each varietal in the vineyard.  She has a Master of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Connecticut Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department and retired from her corporate career in research and development at Pfizer, Inc. Judy completed the Winemaking Certificate program at the UC Davis and is past president of the Lake Chelan Wine Growers Association.  Judy is an active member of the community and supports local charity events in addition to being the co-founder of the annual Lake Chelan Swim. 


Don Phelps

Vineyard Manager

Don is one of the pioneers in the development of our estate vineyards here on the North Shore.  He works his magic there and oversees 28 acres of 10 different varietals.  Believing that estate grown grapes allows us to differentiate the Lake Chelan terrior and create wines of exceptional quality.  These two vineyards, Glacial Gravels and Gary's are farmed using sustainable viticulture, committed to the long-term viability of the winemaking industry in Lake Chelan Valley. 

He has a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Washington State University specializing in water resources and works in his private practice in Chelan. Don is past President of the Lake Chelan Wine Alliance.  Don not only oversees the estate vineyards but also works closely with the growers of our contracted grapes sources to make sure the grapes are farmed to his specifications. Don will also tell you that he is ‘the labor force’ and the one who ‘writes the checks’. A man of many talents!

Don was very entertaining during our wine tasting and offered the best service we received all weekend in Leavenworth. He’s a keeper!
— A thrilled visitor

Danielle Ross

Lake Chelan Tasting Room Manager

No one lights up the tasting room like Danielle with her welcoming personality and contagious smile. She is the ultimate tasting room hostess from the moment guests walk in the door to the moment they leave she makes everyone’s experience a memorable and fun one. 

Danielle has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Accounting and an Associate's Degree in Applied Sciences in Accounting. Not only does Danielle manage the tasting room but she also manages the wine club making sure it  runs smoothly and that our customers have the best possible experience when they visit.

Kyla Swanson

Leavenworth Tasting Room Manager

Kyla's sunny disposition adds a sparkle to our tasting parlour in Leavenworth. Passionate about people, she makes everyone feel comfortable the moment they walk through the door. After earning her degree in Hospitality and Tourism at Central Washington University, Kyla's serious case of wanderlust has taken her many places around the world. 

There is nothing she loves more than a good story over a glass of wine. Stop by the tasting parlour and pay her a visit!

Clint Hepper

Assistant winemaker

Clint has a degree in Viticulture and Enology from Washington State University. He has worked with us for several seasons in the vineyards and for harvest in 2015.  He spent the 2017 havest as an enology intern at a winery in New Zealand.  

Clint has been Cellar Master since 2015, in charge of production processes and cellar procedures. Now he works alongside our winemaker assuring that the wine is the highest quality possible. His knowledge of cellar procedures and quest for excellence is what makes our wine so good!   

When he is not in the winery or on the crush pad,  you will find Clint pouring wine in the tasting room.  Say 'hello' to Clint next time you stop in. 

Seasonal Staff

We would not be a success without our exceptional, seasonal and long-term team members that include the following.  Enrique Hernandez and his vineyard team that toil  during the growing season and at harvest time to make sure we have the best grapes in the valley!  John Apro as Lake Chelan tasting room associate and outside sales, Laura Blake  and Connie Harper as seasonal tasting room associates.  These folks are passionate and knowledgeable about wine and are responsible for your exceptional tasting room experience.

By far the best experience in Leavenworth!! The manager really made the whole time we were there really fun!
— A recent consumer
It’s always a fantastic time at Hard Row! Great product & great people =)
— An ecstatic wine-taster
John is just the best!!!!!
— a very satisfied customer
Clint was fabulous to talk to and very knowledgeable. It was a wonderful experience and we will be sure to come back when we are back in town.
— A happy winery guest
We LOVE Laura.... She always takes the time to tell our guests the history!!
— A happy tasting room visitor
Danielle is wonderful overtime we come by and we feel special when we come over because of her. We love to bring family and friends to you place because of the wine and Danielle.
— A recent winery customer
Just loved everything about the experience. Kyla and Connie made it!
— -A pleased visitor