“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 & 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.

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.