A true Anderson Valley pioneer, Brad Wiley is originally from New York. He is a sixth generation member of the John Wiley and Sons publishing family. Brad came west in the 1960s to chart his own path, and, in 1972, he purchased an old 19th century homestead and orchard set in the “Deep End” of the Anderson Valley, a mere 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Brad started converting the upland pasture around his house to Pinot Noir, only the fourth post-prohibition vineyard planted in Anderson Valley. It was also at this time that Brad Wiley became a partner in Edmeades, one of the first wineries in Anderson Valley. With the sale of Edmeades in 1988, Brad returned to New York to help run the family publishing business for much of the 1990s.
After turning over the Chairmanship of the Board to his brother in 2002, Brad happily returned his focus to farming and began extensive new plantings of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, including a diverse mix of clones including Dijon 115, Pommard, and Mt. Eden, much of which is farmed for FEL’s Anderson Valley Pinot Noir blend. FEL also uses the entire 2.3 acre block of Pinot Gris. In recent years, the vineyard has transitioned to organic farming and now uses a small flock of sheep to control the weeds under the vines.