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. 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.
ADAM LEE, WINEMAKER
Adam Lee was raised in Austin, Texas as a Southern Baptist and thus never drank alcohol growing up. He attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas (where he started drinking – although wine was not usually the drink of choice) and graduated in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in History. His first job out of college was as a clerk at a wine store, Austin Wine & Spirits, which happened to be a hotbed of wine sales as well as the sponsor of the local Les Amis du Vin chapter where he was able to taste some of the great wines of the world. Lee worked his way up to President of Austin Wine & Spirits then later became a wine buyer for Neiman Marcus in Dallas where he first met his wife Dianna Novy. With the belief that they could become winemakers and make their own Pinot Noir, they left their families and jobs in Texas and moved to California’s Sonoma wine country. They spent several years working at small, family owned wineries, using any and all free time to learn everything they could about growing grapes and making wine. In 1994, they launched Siduri Wines with their first release, which was met with great critical success and led them to search for additional high quality Pinot Noir grapes. Today, Adam produces top rated single vineyard wines from 20 different sites stretching from Santa Barbara north to Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
ELLEN MCNERNEY, Wine Club 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.