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 16 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…).

Leanne-Christensen

Leanne Christensen

Winery Manager

Leanne grew up in Sonoma County and lived in the DFW area for many years where she honed her marketing and management skills before moving to Oregon with her family. Leanne has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, tourism, and team management. She has a passion for tasty wines and loves to cook. A self-taught chef, with expertise in French and Italian cuisine. In Leanne’s free time, you’ll find her spending time on the coast, hiking, and cooking up a delicious meal for her family and friends.

Amanda Yaris

Wine Club & Online Store Supervisor

Amanda received a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her background in fine dining led her down the path of food and wine pairings, making her the perfect addition to the Hawks View family. She currently has her Wine Spirit and Education Trust, Level 2 Certification and will be pursuing Level 3 Certification. When she’s not indulging in the complexities of Oregon Pinot Noirs, you’ll find her at the beach; the frigid Oregon waters can’t stand up to her passion for surfing!

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.‚Äč

Katie Gorman

Wine Club Concierge

Katie graduated from Linfield College with a degree in Business Management and Wine Studies. She started her career in the wine industry five years ago working at Domaine Serene, Argyle Winery, and Equestrian Wine Tours. Her passion for wine led her to the role she is in today with Hawks View.  Katie assists the Wine Club supervisor, helps with shipping and in the tasting room as well. She’s one of our rising stars at Hawks View.  When she’s not at work, you’ll find Katie out enjoying beautiful Oregon outdoors with her golden retriever, Moose. She enjoys a good hiking trail and exploring new wineries in the valley. 

 


 

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