A Love of Place

My Story

Way Way Back...

To tell the story of Topophilia Wines, we must go back several decades. It was harvest of 1996 and little did I know this would be the first of many harvests to come…. I was ten years old. One of my friend's grandfathers was a home winemaker and asked us to help him pick and crush the fruit that year. We harvested the fruit, struggling to lift the heavy buckets of fruit into the bins. When we got to the winery (a small shed behind his house) we dumped the fruit into a homemade concrete fermenter and began the fun part for us, stomping the grapes. I remember the feel of the cool sticky juice between my toes, racing to see who could smash the most grapes.

We laughed and threw clusters at one another. We tasted some of the grapes at the instruction of the winemaker as he described the flavors, acidity, and tannins. It was that day I fell in love. This was the beginning of Topophilia…. A Love Of Place.


With a focus on organic farming and regenerative agriculture, I am hard at work to continue on the practices and traditions of pioneering winemakers before me. Topophilia is built on creating world craft wines and genuine experiences that you can share with those you love.

Topophilia (From Greek topos “place” and -philia, “love of”) represents the love of a place not just for its physical attributes, but also the community and people within it.
Jess Wade, Owner & Winemaker

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