“Serious wines without the seriousness”


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. 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 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.  Don is on the board and is also past President of the Lake Chelan Wine Alliance.  

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

The wine making philosophy at Hard Row can be described as expression of terrior. Each bottle tells the distinctive story of its origins - the soil, the style, the vineyard, the grape and the vintage and is made to express these characteristics.

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.


Lani Hall 

Leavenworth Tasting Room Manager

Like the Zinfandel varietal, Lani is spiritually and fruitfully forward with a spice to engage, leaving long lasting memories through conversation. Having returned to Leavenworth after living in Hawaii, aloha has become not only a way of life but also a constant reminder that every person that walks through the door should be welcomed with kindness, compassion and respect.  For Lani, working at Hard Row To Hoe it's all about the connection and bonds that are formed.  Each and every  customers bring something different to the table at every experience.  Lani enjoys seasonal outdoor activities, skiing, SUP, and hiking.  Family, friends together with laughter and a good bottle of wine is her favorite past time


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.

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