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


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.

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.

Danica Holtan

Wine Club & Outreach Events Coordinator

Meet Danica, a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in the event industry. From her beginnings in the Cruise Line Industry to her ventures in Radio, Danica's journey has been nothing short of eclectic. Graduating from Oregon State University with a Degree in Graphic Design, she brings a creative edge to everything she does.

Danica's diverse background has equipped her with the unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life. After visiting Hawks View Winery with a friend, she recognized a perfect synergy between her event expertise and her love for wine, and she seamlessly joined our team!