Family-Owned Winery Purchases Sherwood’s Hidden Gem
SHERWOOD, Ore. (June 28, 2017) – Ponte Family Estate, a Temecula-based, family-owned winery, has purchased Hawks View Cellars in Sherwood. Known for its sweeping landscape and stellar views of Mount Hood, as well as its award-winning collection of wines, Hawks View Cellars is a top destination for locals and visitors to the region alike.
Founded by the late Jack Kemp, his wife Willie, and their son A.J. in 2007, Hawks View Cellars has produced Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from their sustainably-farmed vineyards located in the Chehalem Mountains. Its tasting room, patio and sprawling lawn have served as a gathering place for locals to gather, connect and celebrate.
“As a fellow family-owned winery, we have the utmost respect for what the Kemp family has built in Sherwood,” said Claudio Ponte, founder of Ponte Family Estate. “While we will be making some changes to the tasting room and plant some new vineyards, our goal is to not replace their experience, but rather enhance it, and do so in a way that is true to Oregon.”
The Ponte family has hired veteran Oregon winemaker Donald Crank as head winemaker. Crank has been making wines in the Willamette Valley since 2001, and has worked with Willamette Valley Vineyards and A to Z Wineworks, among others.
“The decision to transition to a smaller, more boutique style winery was an easy one for me to make,” said Crank. “While I will always value and appreciate my work with some of the larger wineries in the Willamette Valley, I am looking forward to producing smaller batch, high quality wines that I know will be enjoyed right here in Oregon.”
Over the next two years, Ponte will make improvements to the facility, as well as to operational elements. Operational changes to be implemented this summer will include new expanded business hours, new wine club member-only events and detailed vineyard and winery tours.
“Our promise is that we will host our guests in a fun and relaxing environment to taste wine, enjoy the fabulous views, and make new friends. In Temecula, we have listened to our wine club members, and made changes accordingly, and at Hawks View we plan to do the same. We welcome our members’ suggestions to help us make the wine club better support their lifestyle,” said Ponte.
The Ponte family will keep the current staff at Hawks View Cellars and will work with both teams to harmonize the efforts of the two wineries. Hawks View Cellars and Ponte wine club members will enjoy reciprocal membership privileges.
Peter Bouman of M Realty facilitated the transaction between Ponte Family Estate and Hawks View Cellars.
About Ponte Family Estate
Located in the heart of Temecula Wine Country, Ponte Winery sits on more than 300 acres of vineyards. The winery offers guests a relaxing “Day in the Country” experience, with its spacious tasting room, al fresco dining and elegant Italian gardens. The winery’s goal is to create an approachable, memorable experience that welcomes wine lovers from all over Southern California and neighboring states. The winery produces 25,000 cases of premium wines from its sustainably-farmed vineyards. Specializing in Italian and French varietals, and a number of blends, Ponte wines are all sold directly to the public through its Tasting Room, Wine Club and Online Store. Visitors can enjoy tours of the winemaking area and vineyards, enjoy special events, or plan an exceptional wine country wedding. Ponte Winery is located at 35053 Rancho California Road, Temecula CA 92591 or online at www.pontewinery.com.