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 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.

Jayna Viereck

General Manager

Having worked in the wine industry for 14 years, Jayna is our go-to when it comes to anything wine, and rightfully so! Jayna has attained a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Chapman University, an Advanced Certificate in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and a Certificate in Wine Business Management from Sonoma State University. She adores the subtle elegance and unique nuanced expressions of our Pinot Noir.

Kelsey Higgins

Wine Club Supervisor

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kelsey graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Business Management. She then spent the next decade in finance before joining us at Hawks View. Currently, she oversees the Wine Club and Online Store, while also coordinating Hawks View events near and far! On her off days, she enjoys cooking, hiking and having a glass of wine with friends.

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. Cavilieri, and our winemaker, Don Crank, Omar helps us produce grand cru quality grapes season after season, under our LIVE Certification.‚Äč