Here are answers to our most frequently asked questions. 

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Visit FAQs

Can I bring my kid(s)?
   Due to OLCC regulations, our Members Rooftop Terrace is strictly 21+. However, we can accommodate children 10 months and younger in our other Tasting Rooms.
     
Can I bring my dog(s)?
  You can bring your dog to the Picnic Area when it is open - we ask that if you choose to bring your dog, please keep them under reasonable control and stay off of the tables at all times. We do not allow dogs inside any of our Tasting Rooms or Members Lawn and Patio with the exception of service animals.
     
Can I bring in outside food?
  Outside food is only allowed in the Picnic Area. We offer charcuterie boards, flatbreads, and paninis in our Tasting Rooms. Outside alcohol is strictly prohibited on the property.
     
How do I book a table in the Members areas?
  Please create a TOCK profile at ExploreTock.com using the primary email address you signed up with when joining the Wine Club. Call or email us directly for assistance at any time: 503.625.1591 | Reservations@HawksViewWinery.com.
     
How long is my reservation for?
  To ensure a safe and pleasant experience for our other guests and team, we are following the COVID-19 mandates from the State and Federal governments. We thank you in advance for understanding and following the guidelines our staff has been given. At this time, our reservations are limited to 90 minutes to allow for us to see as many of our Wine Club Members as possible each day!
     
Do you do weddings and events?
  Due to zoning policies, we can only accept events based on a limited party size and/or event type (please refer to our Events page). Occasionally, we host Wine Club Member exclusive events. We do not host weddings at the winery in deference to the zoning policies and our residential neighbors.
     
Can I customize my Wine Club shipment?
  Yes! You can do so prior to the shipment. Please refer to the Wine Club page on our site.
     
     

 

Wine FAQs

How many wines do you make?
   We are currently pouring 12 different wines in our Tasting Rooms. Our collection includes bold Pinot Noirs, crisp Pinot Gris, several Rosés, and a bright Blanc de Noirs. We are always adding to our collection so be sure to follow @HawksViewWinery on social media to stay updated on all of our new releases!
     
 
How many acres do you farm? Are you wines all estate grown?
  At our LIVE Certified estate vineyard, we farm 50 acres of Pinot Noir in eight different clones, Pinot Gris, and four acres of Chardonnary in four different clones. For our big reds, we source our grapes from the most esteemed vineyards in Walla Walla, WA and the Rogue Valley, OR.
     
Why only Pinots? Why no Cabs or big reds?
 

Our estate is incredibly well suited to grow the queen of grapes, Pinot Noir, and other cold weather varieties such as Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.

    Two years ago, we unveiled the Hawk Attack, a big red blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and sometimes a bit of Syrah. We source this Oregon-grown fruit from warmer localities to make wines for our guests who enjoy big reds. We do produce big reds, such as The Whale, the more affordable Hawk Attack, and the soon to be released 100% Syrah.
     
What clones do you grow?
  We grow the following Pinot Noir clones: 115, Dijon, Wädensville, Pommard, 667, 777, Hanzell, and Coury. We also grow Chardonnay clones: Eden and 76.
     
Why are Oregon wines so expensive?
 

Pinot Noir is extremely difficult to grow properly and requires an incredible amount of hand labor. Production yields are very low compared to Cabernet and Merlot, sometimes less than half.

    Suitable barrels are $1,000 each and the winemaking talent required to ferment, age, and blend the wine is also very pricey. We are covinced that our wines are fairly priced given their quality.
     
When do you harvest?
  We harvest mid-September, depending on the weather conditions and ripeness of the fruit.
     
What's the difference between wine made in steel, oak, and concrete?
  All of our wines are fermented in steel, with white wines and rosés being bottled right away. Red wines are moved to oak barrels for aging. We also will make certain wines using concrete fermenters which add minerality and character to delicate reds like Pinot Noir.
     
Why don't you age your wines longer?
  We age our Pinots an average of 12 months in the barrel and 3-12 months in the bottle. Further barrel aging woud not be beneficial for our target flavor profile. These wines age well in the bottle and we look forward to enjoying the a decade from now or longer!
     
What kind of barrels do you use? How old are they?
  We use mostly French oak barrels with a few American oak barrels thrown in for flavor. Most of our vintages are aged in 20% new barrels, with the remaining 80% in 2-5-year-old barrels.
     
Do you sell your barrels?
  After about 5 or so years when they stop contributing oak goodness to the wine, we occasionally sell our neutal barrels. Please inquire with the General Manager for availability.
     
Do you buy or sell grapes?
  The Hawks View Vineyard sold grapes from 1991 to 2007, when the Tasting Room was opened. In the past, Hawks View has sourced grapes from Washington and coastal Central California. After the Ponte family purchased Hawks View in 2017, we focused exclusively on Oregon grapes. We sell any surplus grapes to high end Pinot producers and we also purchase a small number of grapes from the Rogue Valley to produce a bolder red.
     
Do you distribute?
  We do not distribute our wines. They are only available at the winery, online, and through our Wine Club. We are featured in a small, select number of local restaurants, mostly as a convenience to our Wine Club Members.
     
Are your vines grafted?
  About half of our vines are "own rooted" and the other half are grafted on resistant rootstock. The own rooted vines may eventually succumb to root-borne diseases and will have to be replanted. The grafted vines will live longer. In the decades to come, we expect that our whole vineyard wil be grated unto resistant rootstock.
     
Do you bottle in large format?
  Yes! Some of our wines are occasionally bottled in Magnum size (capacity of 2 regular bottles) and we can also bottle up to Imperial size (capacity of 6 regular bottles) by special request. The larger bottle can be engraved and should be opened after several years of aging to celebrate a very special occasion!
     
What is the blend in The Whale?
  Our barrel of our most powerful Pinot Noir and one barrel of our favorite Syrah. Thar she blows!
 

History & Heritage FAQs

When was Hawks View Winery established?
   The Hawks View Vineyard was planted in 1991 and the winery was built in 2007. In 2009, we opened to the public and then the Ponte family purchased the winery in 2017.
     
How many cases do you produce?
  We are a boutique winery and we currently produce about 10,000 cases per season.
     
What changes has the winery undergone?
  In 2020, we revealed our Members Indoor Tasting Room, Members Rooftop Terrace, and expanded the Members Lawn. Now, in 2021, we are breaking ground on a new storage building to age our wines for a longer period here at the winery.
     
Tell me about your sister winery in Temecula, California.
  The Ponte Winery is a medium direct-to-consumer winery producing 25,000 cases per year, placing it amongst the smaller wineries in California. We grow grapes on 200 acres compared to 50 acres here at Hawks View. At Ponte, we own and operate a 100% estate and 100% Italian variety winery called Bottaia.
     
Does Hawks View sell Ponte or Bottaia wines?
  We do not sell our California wines here at Hawks View, but you can buy them directly at pontewinery.com and bottaiawinery.com. Hawks View Wine Club Members enjoy reciprocal benefits including discounts and complimentary tastings.
     
Tell me about your Winemaker.
  Don Crank III has 19 years of experience making high end Pinot Noir. Starting at Panther Creek Cellars and Montinore Estate, plus a temporary stint as a brewer at Golden Valley Brewers. He later became the Head Winemaker at Willamette Valley Vineyards, and more recently the Red Winemaker for A to Z Wineworks. He listens to Jazz on his old-fashioned record plaer while he makes our wines and he's also probably addicted to espresso (like Claudio), but will probably deny it if you ask.
     
Who owns the big house above the winery?
  The Kemp family, who bought the vineyards and built the winery, owned the house until last year when it was sold to a local family.
     
Where did the Kemps go?
  AJ Kemp has relocated his family to Bend where he is happily pursuing new interests.
 
What is so special about the Chehalem Mountains?
 

 

 

 

The Hawks View Vineyard is located in the southeastern half of the appellation. Our Laurelwood soils impart bright red fruit flavors to our Pinots.

5-15 million years ago, lava flows formed the Columbia River Basalts. These became the basis of the well-drained red soils that concentrated in the southeastern Chehalem Mountains. The deep silt and clay are underlain by gravel and fractured basalt. Dark grey parent material has weathered in place, creating soil-stained rust, red by iron oxide.

Thereafter, during the last Ice Age, powerful winds scoured sedment from the surrounding landscape. This silt was deposited on the northeast flank of the Chehalem Mountains, weathering into the youngest of our major soils types. These soils are called "loess;" they are fine-grained and light in color.

     

 


 

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