The Kemp Family Era
The Hawks View Vineyard was planted by the Benzinger family from Glenn Ellen fame in 1989. It has provided high-quality fruit to many prominent Oregon Vintners for 30 years.
In 2003, Jack Kemp purchased the vineyard to grow grapes that would eventually produce some of the finest wine in the Pacific Northwest. Jack was a prominent banker and philanthropist. A life long Oregonian, he was driven by a vision that combined operating a world-class winemaking facility and hosting friends and family...
After Jack's purchase of the property, the acreage under vine doubled, and currently supplies all of the Winery's Pinot noir and Chardonnay needs, as well as supplying several other prominent wineries in the area.
The Hawks View winery and tasting room were completed in 2008 and opened to the public in 2009. The estate became one of the great loves of Jack's life. After Jack's untimely passing, his wife Willie and son A.J. carried on his vision. Always a believer in excellence above all else, Jack relished every opportunity to share the property's beauty and the romance of winemaking.
The Ponte Family Acquires A Gem
In the Summer of 2017 the Ponte family, with its partners, purchased Hawks View Winery from the Kemps. Having operated a similar winery for 15 years, the Ponte family committed to maintaining Hawks View’s focus on crafting exceptional wine and providing a welcoming and exciting guest experience. Soon after the purchase, our team made several changes to improve this incredible estate.
First, we hired esteemed Willamette Valley winemaker Don Crank III to lead our winemaking efforts. Shortly thereafter we took control of the vineyards (which were managed by outside contractors) and gave its reins to our viticulturist Dr. Marco Cavalieri. We evaluated all the blocks and decided to graft some Pinot Noir blocks to Chardonnay as well as planting some more Pinot Noir in a sunnier and warmer portion of the site. We immediately applied for and received LIVE certification for both winery and vineyards.
Secondly, we looked at all the areas that needed work to increase the comfort and access to our tasting room, which was clearly too small. We designed a wonderful new members-only tasting room topped by a rooftop terrace. While waiting for the permits we added a very large deck, added bathrooms, and enlarged the parking lot. Our breathtaking new tasting room and rooftop terrace are finally open for reservations.
Thirdly, we changed many procedures and policies to make the experience more pleasant to our guests. For example, we changed the closing hours from 5 pm. to 7 pm. We also extended reciprocal privileges to our Hawks View wine club members to our Temecula wineries Ponte Winery and Bottaia Winery.
Last but not least, we tidied up the wine offerings, extending the line to include Chardonnay, a couple of sparklers, and some “big reds” from warmer areas in Oregon. We simplified our labeling system, using the traditional color-coding of white, red, black, silver, and gold to indicate increasing quality and price. We have committed to having Hawks View be a true Oregon wine house, only making wine from grapes grown either here in the estate or in other esteemed Oregon vineyards.
Proudly following in the Kemp family’s footsteps, we are committed to the Hawks View Winery traditions of not only sustainably farming the land and making world-class Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris, but also supporting the local community and the efforts of Oregon’s wine pioneers.