Meet our Winemaker

Russ Hamilton, Charlie Hoppes & Stacie Hamilton

Russ Hamilton, Charlie Hoppes & Stacie Hamilton

Charlie Hoppes - Winemaker Extraordinaire

In the early stages of winery dreaming, we knew in order to produce the wines we envisioned, we had to select a winemaker whose palate and style reflected our own. After years of enjoying wine made by Charlie Hoppes, we were determined to hire him as the consulting winemaker for Hamilton Cellars. To our great delight, Charlie accepted our offer in 2006.

Anyone familiar with the Washington wine industry knows that Charlie is regarded as one of the nation's finest winemakers. After graduating from UC Davis in 1988, Charlie has spent the past 20 + years as a leading winemaker for several noted Washington wineries. Beginning first as Assistant Winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, he then worked as Head Red Winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle's facility at Paterson, where he helped to create the premium label, Col Solare's first two vintages.

In 1999 Charlie worked to help start Three Rivers Winery in Walla Walla, and then he began his own label for Fidelitas wines in 2000. Although Charlie serves as consulting winemaker for various wineries, he has the talent to meld his extensive winemaking skills with the palates of the owners, creating a unique reflection for each winery. Charlie has now worked with us on 10 vintages, and we look forward to the many vintages to come.

Charlie was recently named Winemaker of the Year at Seattle Magazine's Eighth Annual Wine Awards.

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