About Us

“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

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THANE HAWKINS- PROPRIETOR/WINEMAKER

After a successful career in the visual effects industry, 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.

 

BEN BROUILLET – DTC SALES MANAGER

Direct to Consumer Sales Manager Ben Brouillet joined Hawkins Cellars in 2017. Raised by French parents, Ben grew up around wine and has been in the industry since 2012. While working at a local airport in Santa Ynez, California, Ben had the opportunity to pour wine for Firestone Vineyards, and he hasn’t looked back since.  In 2015, Ben moved with his family from Santa Ynez to the small town of Carlton, and began working at the Four Graces here in Dundee. When he’s not behind the bar, he loves to go on adventures with his wife and five year old son in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

 

DEB MICHELSON

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 2018.