WILLIE KEMP, CO-FOUNDER
A resident of Oregon for over 40 years, Willie Kemp co-founded the winery in 2007 with her late husband, Jack, and son, A.J. Earlier in her career, she worked in banking before deciding to dedicate herself full-time to motherhood. She is a graduate of the University of Idaho. Willie and Jack named Hawks View after watching a number of the graceful birds riding the thermals high above the estate. Willie works endlessly to ensure that the quality of Hawks View vintages remains true to the winery’s mission of going above and beyond the expectations of everyone who experiences it. Mother to Kari, Kristi and A.J., and grandmother to five wonderful boys, she lives overlooking the vineyard with her loyal terrier Reggie.
A.J. KEMP, CO-FOUNDER
A native Oregonian, A.J. began his career with a working internship under the supervision of Hawks View’s viticulturist in 2003. As the growing season came to a close, A.J. was fortunate to spend crush working at Anne Amie Vineyards, another Oregon winery. In 2007, A.J., his mother Willie, and his father, Jack, co-founded the Hawks View Cellars winery operation. A.J. oversees the day-to-day management of the estate vineyard and winery as well as various other Kemp family business. A.J. is a 2002 graduate of Claremont McKenna College and a 2003 graduate of the Peter F. Drucker School of Management. He lives in a home overlooking both Hawks View Vineyard and the Muirfield Block with his wife Rachel, daughter Keira, and 2 dogs, Dash and Dora.
RYAN HARMS, WINEMAKER
Born in the Midwest, Ryan spent the latter part of his childhood in upstate New York outside the Finger Lakes wine region. He received his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Binghamton University in New York. Ryan arrived in Oregon in 2000, and honed his skills at Bergstrom Wines, Torii Mor Vineyards and Winery, and Rex Hill Vineyards. With an established reputation for hign-quality, innovative winemaking, and a strong focus on the vineyard, Ryan is passionate about crafting elegant Pinots from the Hawks View estate. Ryan and his wife, Tori, live in Portland with their two sons, Noah and Ethan.
LAURA BOLEY, HOSPITALITY MANAGER
After finishing her B.S. in Marketing, the born and raised Wyomingite, Laura, decided it was time to move to a milder climate. Laura settled in Southern Colorado for several years where she pursued a career in Hospitality, first in sales and later in restaurant and event management. She later moved to Oregon where for a decade, she continued to broaden her knowledge in the food and beverage industry while managing a restaurant for Oregon’s oldest craft brewery. It was there, where her love of beer transformed into a fascination of wine. Now she is able to combine her calling in hospitality and event management with her deep appreciation of wine.
ELLEN MCNERNEY, OFFICE MANAGER
Ellen joins us from Napa Valley, where Ellen’s love for locally sourced food and wine began at an early age. After years of working at restaurants and catering events, she decided to major in Hospitality & Tourism. This experience has led her to us at Hawks View Cellars, where she can continue to share and develop her knowledge within this dynamic industry.
Lindsey wallingford, cellar master
Native to the Pacific Northwest, Lindsey was raised outside Spokane, WA. After receiving a Bachelors degree in Viticulture and Enology from Washington State, she went on to work in Washington for Ste. Michelle and Hogue. Upon gaining a solid foundation in the vineyard, Lindsey began working harvests for several years in Australia, California, and New Zealand. In New Zealand, she developed a love for Pinot and has worked for several prominent pinot producers since, including Pisoni Vineyards, Paul Hobbs, and Siduri Winery. Lindsey has since also gained additional experience working in a distillery and brewery in California. She is happy to call Oregon her new home.