“Serious wines without the serious attitude”


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 making wine from locally-sourced grapes grown in the Lake Chelan Valley, helping to define the terroir of this new wine growing region.

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, environmental stewardship, in addition to being the co-founder of the annual Lake Chelan Swim.  In her spare time she loves swimming, snorkeling, cross-country skiing and birding. Follow Judy on Twitter @HardRow


Don Phelps

owner/Vineyard Manager

Don is one of the pioneers in the development of our estate vineyards here on the North Shore. His passion for land stewardship has resulted the first certified LIVE and Salmon-Safe vineyard in north central Washington.  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 terroir 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.  Don is a board member and past-president of the Lake Chelan Wine Alliance.  Follow Don on Facebook.

Don & Judy have cultivated such an incredible collection supple and rich wines, each with their own unique story and local history to tell, that anyone would be remiss not to “check” in with them time to time.
— Ryan R.

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.


Julian Shaver

Assistant winemaker

Julian’s passion for winemaking is evident from the excellent results you find in the bottle. He is a big reason why our wines are so good.

Julian was studying Computer Science at University of Washington but decided in his Senior year that it was not for him. He landed a job as a cellar hand with Chris Gorman in Woodinville and has gone on to work harvests with Molly Dooker Wines in Australia and with Waiheke Island Wines in New Zealand. He brings his skills and talent to Hard Row where is has been working along side his winemaking mother, Judy Phelps since 2015. His attention to detail and excellence with all things in the cellar are what makes him so special. Julian is an avid fly fisherman and likes to cook, especially barbeque and smoked meats.


Clint Hepper

Assistant winemaker

Clint obtained a degree in Viticulture and Enology from Washington State University. He interned with us out in the vineyard while attending school, and shortly after graduating got hired on as part of our cellar team. He has gone on to do vintages with Matua Wines in New Zealand and Lange Estate Winery in Oregon. He is very driven at getting things done in the cellar and is a hard worker. Clint enjoys the outdoors in his free time, especially hiking and snowboarding. 

Clint is passionate for the Chelan Valley AVA. He sees it as a unique wine growing region and is committed in making exceptional wines from here. 


Chris Nottoli


Chris has BA in Anthropology from the UW and enough credits for a minor degree in Women’s Studies. He’s managed restaurants and wine bars, sold wine and curated wine lists for decades.

When you visit the tasting room in Leavenworth you’ll be well taken care of by his enthusiasm for entertaining people and sharing knowledge about our wines.

And, Chris’ last name is pronounced, “Naughtily." Could this be a better fit?

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.

The staff is incredible, the story of the name is so fun, and the wines are excellent. I love this place.
— Brennan S.
Absolutely Love this winery! The atmosphere is fantastic!! Keep it up!! :)
— Beverly B.
Love the wine and the tasting room, oh and JOHN he is awesome!!!
— Lori C.
Hard Row is our favorite winery. Even though it was super crowded Danielle made sure everyone had a good time.
— Cindy M.
Super helpful and great wallpaper!
— Julie B.
Great experience with Loni. We had alot of fun!
— David R.