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Production: (1996) approx. 650 cases
Vineyards: none; purchases grapes primarily from Yakima Valley
Wade Wolfe received degrees in viticulture and biochemistry from University of California, Davis in the mid-70's. From there he went to the University of Arizona to do research on the feasibility of wine production in the four corners area (the intersection of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah state borders). In 1978, he moved to Washington to become a technical assistant/grower liaison to Chateau Ste. Michelle, having decided to forego California for a more pioneering winegrowing area. In 1981 he was promoted to director of vineyards for Chateau Ste. Michelle.
In 1985 Wade left Chateau Ste. Michelle to start his own vineyard consulting business, as well as taking over the winemaking duties at Hyatt Vineyards. He also began making plans to start his own winery, to be named Thurston Wolfe (combining his mother's maiden name with his own surname). This plan came to fruition when he crushed the first load of grapes for Thurston Wolfe Wines at Hyatt Vineyards in 1987. Thurston Wolfe continued to be a small operation, with Wade splitting his time between his own business, Hyatt, and his own wines, until he moved to Hogue Cellars in 1991 to take over duties as general manager. He decreased the amount of time he spends doing consulting to focus on his two operations the variety that Hogue allows him, as well as the challenges of running his own small premium winery.
Thurston Wolfe originally established a winery and tasting room in
Yakima, but as of Memorial Day 1996 they moved into a new building
down the road from Hogue making Wade's commute considerably
The Wines: (Spring 1996)
Wade Wolfe 1987-present
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