“Hawkins Cellars developed out of my love and passion for exploring the diverse landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Every wine I make has a story and a sense of place.”
– Thane Hawkins
THANE HAWKINS- PROPRIETOR/WINEMAKER
After a successful career in the visual effects industry (follow this link to see his film credits), Thane Hawkins decided it was time for a change. He set his sights on Oregon, and was immediately attracted to the Willamette Valley and its signature Pinot Noir. In his spare time began making wine out of his home. The early mixed results in his garage verified his passion for winemaking, and he set out to get professional hands-on experience. After working harvest at Wine By Joe, in 2007 Methven Family Vineyards hired Thane to be their assistant winemaker. While working for Methven, Thane was presented the opportunity to produce a small quantity of his own wine. And thus, Hawkins Cellars was born.
As an avid hiker, skier, and climber, Thane enjoys traveling throughout Pacific Northwest to pursue his love of the outdoors with family and friends. His travels east of the Cascade Mountains, and subsequent visits to vineyards from the Columbia Gorge to Red Mountain in eastern Washington, rekindled his enthusiasm for big red style wines. Setting out to find the highest quality grapes for his boutique wines, he forged relationships with growers who share his passion for Rhone and Bordeaux-style varietals.
JIM MAGUIRE – DTC SALES MANAGER
Direct to Consumer Sales Manager Jim Maguire joined Hawkins Cellars in 2012 after successful years in the U.S Navy and Oregon’s high tech “silicon forest”. A San Francisco native, he was introduced to fine wine during trips to California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Upon moving to Oregon, Jim volunteered during crush and bottling at a local winery and was bitten by the wine bug. As Hawkins’ resident “Foodie”, Jim has found his true passion as a wine educator – introducing customers and staff alike to the joy and wonder of pairing wine with food. Embodying the fun, relaxed attitude of Hawkins Cellars, Jim’s warm, easy-going style naturally makes guests feel like part of the family. When he’s not behind the tasting bar, Jim enjoys traveling the world with his husband.
Deb has been helping Hawkins Cellars with marketing and events since 2009. She is also the owner of Cloud Cap Vineyard in Underwood, Washington, where she recently planted an acre of Pinot Noir vines. Deb is involved in the development phase of a new winery and tasting room for Hawkins Cellars at Cloud Cap, which they are hoping to have finished by Fall 2015.