Claudio Ponte

Managing Partner

As seen above with his daughter Juliet, Claudio has a love of elegant wines and a passion for local community and sustainability. He is proud to curate the Hawks View Winery experience following the founding family's vision. A graduate of UCLA business school, Claudio has served on the boards of Winegrowers of California, California Association of Wine Grape Growers, the Wine Institute and the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. He values authenticity from vineyard to glass and creating a welcoming, inviting guest experience. When asked about his favorite wine, he’s been heard to say “wines are like our children – we love them all equally, but not always at the same time.”

Don Crank III

Winemaker

In his own words, Don is a “scientist by training and a passionate winemaker.” After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Biochemistry and Food Science, he discovered his love of wine – specifically, Oregon’s phenomenal Pinot Noir. With more than 20 years of experience in the winemaking world, Don considers winemaking to be an art, each wine a culmination & an expression of the place in which it was grown.

Juliet Ponte

Wine Production Supervisor

Juliet started “working” in the wine industry when she was a mere 8 years old, autographing bottles of her namesake sweet wine at Ponte Winery. Later on, she graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Communication and Business and took on the position of Tasting Room Supervisor at one of our sister wineries, BOTTAIA Winery. A natural businesswoman with a strong aptitude for management, Juliet has moved into supervising wine production at Hawks View. Not only to expand her wine knowledge but to ensure our wines are living up to our standards of excellence.  In Juliet’s free time, she enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and a great glass of wine (of course…).

Mark Knudsen

Tasting Room Manager

Mark got his start in the hospitality industry at the age of 16 bussing tables and washing dishes at a restaurant near his hometown of Ashland, Oregon. While attending the University of Oregon in Eugene, he worked within the McMenamins group bartending, serving, and eventually opening a new location in Bothell, Washington. After graduating and moving to SanFrancisco, California, Mark spent years moving up in the fine dining industry under the guidance of renowned restauranteurs. Outside of the winery, Mark is an avid snowboarder and outdoorsman, watches any Giants baseball game he can, and spends the rest of the time with his rescue dog, Sundae.

 

 

Tony Stoltzfus

Facility Superintendent

“Tireless Tony,” as he’s called around here, is in charge of keeping the winery systems working, and the grounds clean and green. Tony hails from Massachusetts but has been in Oregon for over a decade. With degrees in International Relations from American University and Landscape Design from George Washington University, he has incredible skills in building, repairing and landscape trades. He also knows his way around the winery and vineyard, quick to jump in and provide invaluable support during harvest time. On his own time, he enjoys spending time with his family and taking long walks in the backcountry. Be sure to say hello if you see him around the winery!

Omar Chavez

Vineyard Supervisor

Omar grew up in the Willamette Valley and has followed his father’s footsteps in the vineyards. He is in charge of supervising our hardworking vineyard crew, driving and maintaining tractors and running other farm implements. In collaboration with our viticulturist, Dr. Cavalieri, and our Winemaker, Don Crank, Omar helps us produce grand cru quality grapes season after season, under our LIVE Certification.​

Chef Steven

Steven Hazell

Winery Chef

Steven attended the California Culinary Academy and the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. He has worked at some of the best restaurants in the United States: Charlie Trotters in Chicago, Rubicon in San Francisco, Citrus in Los Angles, and Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley. With 25 years in the restaurant industry, Steven's greatest passion is to pair wines with a wide variety of food and flavors, adding a healthy twist. For the last decade, he has operated a successful catering and cooking education business in Portland, where he resides with his beautiful wife Wendy and their adorable yorkies, Gingersnap and Snickers.

Madeline Henson

Administrative & Marketing Assistant

Madeline is a born and raised Oregonian and a University of Oregon Alumna. After graduating in 2020 with a degree in Public Relations, Madeline continued building on her years of customer service experience by working as a barista and wedding planning assistant. Her grit and commitment to making customer connections is only matched by her creative abilities. As an avid crafter, photographer, and graphic’s designer she is always up to start a new artistic project. Some of Madeline’s favorite things are movies, tiny homes, and sunsets. In her free time, she is always looking for remote outdoorsy locations to explore with her dog, Thanos.

 


 

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