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

Winery Supervisor

Juliet started “working” in the wine industry when she was a mere 8 years old, greeting guests as they walked through the door at Ponte Winery. 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 an operations role as the Winery Supervisor at Hawks View. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new breweries and restaurants in Portland, playing golf, and skiing Mt. Bachelor when she can get away.

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 San Francisco, 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.

 

 

Chelsea Konigsfeld

Wine Club & Online Store Manager
After over a decade of experience in bridal, retail, and retail management, Chelsea was thrilled to pursue a new career as Wine Club & Online Store Manager in March 2022. With a degree in Global Development Studies from Seattle Pacific University, Chelsea brings a big-picture mindset to the Hawks View Wine Club. Her retail background provides a customer-first focus to her work, and she has been enjoying getting to know our Wine Club members. After work hours, she enjoys a glass of orange wine, soaking in hot springs, and enjoying life with her husband and their rescue dog, Buddy.

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.​

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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