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Led by a passion for authenticity and a deep connection to the land they call home, the Hedges Family epitomizes the modern wine estate. A blend of rich cultural upbringings and a shared love for creating beautiful wine converge at the heart of bucolic Red Mountain, fostering a true homegrown approach to farming and viticulture. Hedges Family Estate unites past and present, evolving tradition for generations to come.

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The Hedges Story...

Our story spans generations and oceans, finally bringing us to Red Mountain where the story will always continue.

Tom Hedges from Richland, Washington marries Annie-Marie Liégeois in her hometown, Ossey-les-Trois-Maisons, Champagne, France.

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Tom and Anne-Marie begin their wine adventure shipping California and Washington State wines to Taiwan after traveling the world in the produce industry.

Hedges Cellars is born with the first shipment of Columbia Valley Cabernet-Merlot wine to Vin & Spirit Centralen in Stockholm, Sweden

Tom and Anne-Marie purchase fifty acres on Red Mountain in the Yakima Valley and plant forty acres of bordeaux grape varieties.

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Hedges Cellars wins gold medal for their Cabernet-Merlot blend at Seattle Enological Society judging and begins to distribute their wines in North America

Ground breaking in February for Hedges Chateau on Red Mountain

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Hedges 1995 Three Vineyards at Red Mountain wins Top 100 Wines in the World from Wine Spectator magazine

Christophe Hedges promoted to Director of National Sales and Marketing

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Sarah Hedges Goedhart joins winery full-time as assistant winemaker

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Hedges Estate Vineyard converted to Biodynamic farming

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Sarah Hedges Goedhart becomes head winemaker

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First Demeter-certified Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon in Washington released

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The Family & Staff

Owner Tom Hedges, his grandson, Julian, and Sarah Hedges Goedhart

The Hedges Family

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Tom Hedges

Owner

It was Tom Hedges’ contact in the produce export market that “planted the seeds” for Hedges Cellars. Tom was asked to produce a Washington State table wine for sale in Sweden. A winery was born. The first two vintages (1987 and 1988) of Hedges Cellars...

It was Tom Hedges’ contact in the produce export market that “planted the seeds” for Hedges Cellars. Tom was asked to produce a Washington State table wine for sale in Sweden. A winery was born. The first two vintages (1987 and 1988) of Hedges Cellars Cabernet-Merlot were sold exclusively in Sweden. Today, four different wines including the 1997 vintage of Cabernet-Merlot are sold in 45 states and 15 foreign countries. Hedges Cellars is being hailed as one of the country's “Great Red Meritage Producers.”

Tom Hedges led a career in International Marketing focusing on food commodities. He was employed by Castle & Cooke foods from 1976-1982 heading up offices in Buenos Aires, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Vancouver, Canada. Next, he worked for Pandol Bros., a small dutch trading company in Seattle, importing Chilean produce and exporting fruit to the Far East and India. In 1984 Tom served as President and CEO of McCain Produce Co. in New Brunswick, Canada farming potatoes for export.

Tom met his French wife, Anne-Marie, in Guadalajara, Mexico at the Autonoma University of Guadalajara in 1975. Together they have raised two children.

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Anne-Marie Hedges

Owner

From an early age Anne-Marie had a sense for adventure. Growing up with stories about the second world war, tales of the French resistance and visits from a British soldier saved by her grandfather from being captured by the enemy, it is no wonder that...

From an early age Anne-Marie had a sense for adventure. Growing up with stories about the second world war, tales of the French resistance and visits from a British soldier saved by her grandfather from being captured by the enemy, it is no wonder that she wanted to see the world.

After high school, she attended college in England, Germany and Mexico. It was in Mexico that she met her future husband—Tom Hedges. They were married in 1976 in Champagne, France in a 12th century church. The international challenge had begun…

Accent in hand, she adapted to new food but still loved a good coq-au-vin. She tried her beer but her taste for good wine was too strong. Her grandfather, Marcel Dupont, Chevalier du Tastevin, had made sure of that.

Tom's work in international trade resulted in 11 moves for the family in 10 years—from the west coast of the United States to the east. From the west coast of Canada to the east, from warm Arizona where son Christophe was born to exotic Buenos Aires where daughter Sarah was born. Finally in 1986 Anne-Marie and Tom settled in Washington state to start Hedges Cellars.

Anne-Marie stayed behind closed doors doing bookkeeping and sales support while Tom looked for banks and customers. The transition from Finishing School in Paris in 1976 to performing an accounting role in the States was a bit of a stretch. Anne-Marie decided to go back to school and graduated with an AA degree in accounting.

Anne marie still handles some of the vineyard accounting and numerous other administrative tasks necessary for a small business owner. She is active in various non-profit organizations in the state of Washington. Anne-Marie is also a willing ambassador for Hedges Family Estate, the Red Mountain AVA and the Washington state wine industry. Her accent is still there, her french sense of style never left, her food preference is still old world but her taste for wine is distinctly American—Hedges Red Mountain. Naturellement!

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Sarah Hedges Goedhart

Head Winemaker

Sarah was born in Buenos Aires and spent her early years travelling the globe with her family. In 1986 her parents settled in Seattle to start Hedges Cellars. A vineyard was planted in 1990 in Eastern Washington, Red Mountain area. In the summer Sarah along...

Sarah was born in Buenos Aires and spent her early years travelling the globe with her family. In 1986 her parents settled in Seattle to start Hedges Cellars. A vineyard was planted in 1990 in Eastern Washington, Red Mountain area. In the summer Sarah along with her brother Christophe, worked in the vineyard and in later years at the new winery built on that same location. Sarah’s love for the industry soon would turn into a career choice. She attended the University of San Diego and graduated with a degree in business and philosophy. She later attended UC Santa Barbara to study chemistry and at the same time worked for Santa Barbara winery managing the tasting room and helping with Harvest. From 2003 to 2005 she worked for Preston Vineyards in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, doing wine production wor

In 2005, she decided to move back home and start working for the family winery. She joined the winery full-time in 2006 as Assistant Winemaker and two years later had completed her certificate degree in enology from Washington State University and started the label Goedhart Family with her husband. After her uncle and mentor retired in 2015, Sarah became head winemaker.

Sarah’s love for fermentation doesn’t stop with wine. She bakes rustic breads in the wood fired oven using a starter she created with our biodynamic grapes. You can also find kombucha continually bubbling in her kitchen. She has a love for music, especially guitar and a deep fondness for animals big and small. She lives in Richland with her husband, Brent, their sons Lucas and Trevor, their dogs Tucker, Otto and Shadow and a turtle named Cowboy. Her favorite wine is whichever wine she is drinking with good friends.

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Christophe Hedges

General Manager

Son to Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges. 2001 Graduate of the University of San Diego with a Business Degree and minor in Theatre Arts Work history: 1999: Wine Steward, Costco Corporation, Morena Blvd, San Diego CA 2000-2001: Wine buyer, La Tavola Kitchen Summer 2001: Columbia River...

Son to Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges. 2001 Graduate of the University of San Diego with a Business Degree and minor in Theatre Arts

Work history: 1999: Wine Steward, Costco Corporation, Morena Blvd, San Diego CA 2000-2001: Wine buyer, La Tavola Kitchen Summer 2001: Columbia River Circuit PRCA, Bull rider, Bareback Fall 2001: Lab technician, Hedges Family Estate 2001-2004: Hedges Family Estate, special projects, marketing, retail 2004-Present: Hedges Family Estate National Sales/Marketing Director, Farmer: Magdalena Vineyard

Family: Wife: Maggie Hedges Eldest Son: Julian Bergin Hedges Youngest Son: Olivier Liegeois Hedges Dog: Roman Maximillius Hedges

Parents: Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges Sister: Sarah Goedhart

Hobbies: Collecting and drinking wine, eating good food, working outside in the vineyard, masonry/sculpting with stone, traveling.

Organizations: The Guardians of Red Mountain, Red Mountain Vintners Association

Place of Residence: Benton City, WA Red Mountain AVA, Magdalena Vineyard

Citizenship: United States and France

Music: Light Classical, Opera, electronic lounge, European ragtime Jazz

Dislikes: Houses made of wood, high-scoring wines and the rating system, negative attitudes, wines of high price with no history, image margins

Likes: Strong family ties, The old world way of thinking, wines of geographic representation, authenticity, eating the view, fireplaces at night with traditional music, reading on airplanes

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Boo Walker

Global Sales and Marketing

A native of South Carolina, Boo attended the College of Charleston where he earned a BA in music composition.  His instrument: the banjo. While at the College of Charleston, Boo became the banjoist for the avant-garde punchgrass band, The Biscuit Boys, and continued his career...

A native of South Carolina, Boo attended the College of Charleston where he earned a BA in music composition.  His instrument: the banjo. While at the College of Charleston, Boo became the banjoist for the avant-garde punchgrass band, The Biscuit Boys, and continued his career with them in Nashville after graduating.

He traded his banjo career in for a life of finance in 2002 and spent the next six years working for Automated Trading Desk in Mt. Pleasant, SC. During this time, wine flowed like the salmon of Capistrano, and what started as a passion in wine became an obsession.

So much so that he left it all behind, grew out a handlebar mustache, and moved clear across the country into a double-wide trailer situated on 5 acres of Malbec vines just down the road from Hedges Family Estate, a winery he had come to admire immensely. The Hedges family took him in and taught him the art of farming, breaking his sedentary, computer-driven lifestyle. Boo is an official Guardian of Red Mountain, with the mark emblazed on his arm. More in tune with life than ever before, he is now an emissary of the estate and a soldier of the dirt. He lives on a gentleman's farm along the Yakima River in the declassified zone of Red Mountain. 

He's also an accomplished author and has just wrapped up his latest book, Red Mountain, a fictionalized version of life in this world-class AVA.

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Kimberley Drake

North American Sales

Yogini, surfer, traveler, blogger, sommelier slinging, decanter filling, lunch imbibing, ostrich farm observing, happy and protagonist motivated poet of sales - Drake started her wine career in NY, where she worked as a sommelier at Jean Georges before moving to Hong Kong to be the...

Yogini, surfer, traveler, blogger, sommelier slinging, decanter filling, lunch imbibing, ostrich farm observing, happy and protagonist motivated poet of sales - Drake started her wine career in NY, where she worked as a sommelier at Jean Georges before moving to Hong Kong to be the opening chef sommelier at Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House.

Drake returned to the U.S. to work as corporate assistant beverage manager for the Michael Mina Group in San Francisco, but consulting opportunities in Hong Kong were calling, and Drake returned to Asia to pursue them.  She worked with corporate clients such as 82 Co., Arcane Restaurant, Meiburg Wine Media, Applied Wine and manage individual cellars for private clients. While in Hong Kong, she met the Hedges Team, unaware of what her future destiny beheld for her.

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D. Dylan Walker

North American Sales

Born and raised in Kansas City, Dylan graduated from the University of Kansas in 2008 with a degree in theatre and film but had always had an extreme passion for food and wine. He began his journey in the wine industry in the summer of...

Born and raised in Kansas City, Dylan graduated from the University of Kansas in 2008 with a degree in theatre and film but had always had an extreme passion for food and wine. He began his journey in the wine industry in the summer of 2008 working for a small, family-owned distributor covering the Kansas City and Wichita markets, garnering hundreds of thousands of windshield miles in the Land of Oz. In 2010, Dylan was swept off his feet by a beautiful PhD candidate in the Social Psychology program at KU, and after a whirlwind courtship, Dylan and Kelly were married and her career in academics took them to East Iowa where he began selling wine and clocking miles for another family-owned, fine wine distributor, but not before they found time to honeymoon to the Pacific Northwest. In May of 2012, the two were legally bound and found themselves visiting Red Mountain and staying at the Hedges' estate; Dylan dug is toes in to the terroir and dreamed of someday working for The Mountain, learning from it and telling its story, guarding it and spreading its gospel, not knowing that 5 years later he would be doing just that. Dreams can come true. 

Dylan is a proud Jayhawk (rock chalk), MMA fanatic, cyclist, and loves Doctor Who. He adores cooking and will wax poetic about smoking meats; he likely has BBQ sauce in his blood. He loves pairing grower champagne with burnt ends, drinking cru Beaujolais with his wife, and crushing bottles of rosé while watching his two Welsh terriers play in the backyard. He trains Brazilian jiu-jitsu as much as possible and competes in grappling competitions several times a year. Happiness is sharing good food and good wine with family and friends while a Tom Waits album plays in the background. 

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John Gomez

Vineyard Manager

John, the son of migrant parents, spent his youth traveling back and forth from their home in Texas to Washington State. To make a living as a young man he worked with his family either picking fruits or in the fields. After graduating from Grandview...

John, the son of migrant parents, spent his youth traveling back and forth from their home in Texas to Washington State. To make a living as a young man he worked with his family either picking fruits or in the fields. After graduating from Grandview High School, John married his wife, Belinda. His father quickly asked, “What do you intend to do in order to support your new family?” Knowing farming, he took a job driving tractors. After a couple of years, he started driving semi-trucks. Later on his interests in machinery led him to be a welder-fabricator. Desperate to keep learning useful trades, he became a mechanic and painter

Life often brings on a mid-life crisis, and John found himself at a crossroads. Should he take on another job or pursue a higher education? With his wife’s encouragement and financial support, he decided to attend college.

John earned an AA in Business from Yakima Valley Community College and a BA in Business Administration from WSU. While attending college John started working for a small vineyard. During his final year at WSU, Tom Hedges called to offer him a job in vineyard management. John explained it could be difficult for him to work full time, finish his degree and raise a family. Tom was very persuasive though and explained that he would make it work for both of them. For John that meant finishing his BA in Business and then continuing on at WSU to earn a two-year Certificate in Viticulture.

John has been with Hedges Family Estate Winery since then, managing Hedges Vineyards (Biodynamic certified), Hedges Bel’ Villa Vineyards, Les Gosses Vineyard, Magdalena Vineyard (Biodynamic certified) and the most recent Jolet Vineyard.

In his off time John enjoys spending time with his wife, Belinda, their children, Sunshine and Sky, as well as their grandson, Aamir. After harvest each year he and his family take off to Texas for the winter, continuing a tradition started so many years ago.

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Molly Christopherson

Controller

Only after being in the Seattle area for 2 days, Molly walked into the Hedges tasting room on March 4, 1995 looking to taste the wines that she had heard so much about from her husband. Two days later on March 6th she was hired...

Only after being in the Seattle area for 2 days, Molly walked into the Hedges tasting room on March 4, 1995 looking to taste the wines that she had heard so much about from her husband. Two days later on March 6th she was hired as the controller and has been with Hedges Family Estate ever since

Originally from south Florida, Molly slowly moved across the country, taking up residence in Missouri, Wyoming and California. Molly moved to Seattle from the Bay area after six years as a Royalty and Severance Tax accountant at Chevron USA. She graduated with a BS in Accounting from CA State University, Sacramento in 1989 and passed the CPA exam in 1990. Molly enjoys running, hiking, biking, traveling, and wine tasting.

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Sean Miller

Director of Logistics and Hospitality

After graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Fine Art, Sean decided that the restaraunt business sounded exciting. It was. But, after spending more than a decade in the business, he decided that he actually wanted to see his wife and children while...

After graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Fine Art, Sean decided that the restaraunt business sounded exciting. It was. But, after spending more than a decade in the business, he decided that he actually wanted to see his wife and children while they were awake. The long hours and late nights were no trade off for missing a family dinner and being able to say good night to his family. So he called it quits and decided to find somewhere else to start a new career

After trying out a few different jobs, he decided, with his wife's willingness to relocate if necessary, to pursue a career in the wine industry. With no small amount of patience and perseverance he found what he was looking for at Hedges Family Estate. So, he began the process of relocating his family from Seattle, to an area near the vineyards of Red Mountain, where he currently enjoys managing the supply of wine created in and amongst the very vines where it all begins.

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Matt Rule

Assistant Winemaker

I grew up in the Central Valley in California and have lived in the state my entire life. I had been intrigued by the winemaking process and the science behind it for a number of years, and so I decided that this could make for...

I grew up in the Central Valley in California and have lived in the state my entire life. I had been intrigued by the winemaking process and the science behind it for a number of years, and so I decided that this could make for an interesting and rewarding career. I decided to enroll in the Enology program at Fresno State after being encouraged by a number of friends who were currently in the program. I started exposing myself to many different wines and winemaking styles to learn as much as I could. I was hired as the Assistant Winemaker at Fresno State after I graduated. Shortly after I was hired, my boss (the winemaker) moved onto another job and I was priveledged to be put in charge of the entire facility for 10 months. Seeing my term as Interim Winemaker coming to an end, I decided that I wanted to seek out a new wine region to move to in which to grow and learn.

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Adam Lieuallen

Warehouse and Shipping Manager

With a background in agriculture and a degree from Washington State University in Landscape Architecture Adam applies his varied knowledge to shipping Amazon orders, loading trucks, fixing broken water mains, repairing tractors, and tackling whatever problems Red Mountain can throw at him. When he is...

With a background in agriculture and a degree from Washington State University in Landscape Architecture Adam applies his varied knowledge to shipping Amazon orders, loading trucks, fixing broken water mains, repairing tractors, and tackling whatever problems Red Mountain can throw at him. When he is not working on the Estate he can be found exploring the trails of eastern Washington in a pair of very dusty running shoes.

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Heather and Ryan Brown

Estate Managers

Ryan and Heather Brown are from the Mt. Hood area of Oregon and both graduated from the Western Culinary Institute. They’ve been married for nearly three decades and have managed restaurants and lodges throughout western America. They are both outdoor enthusiasts, sharing such passions as...

Ryan and Heather Brown are from the Mt. Hood area of Oregon and both graduated from the Western Culinary Institute. They’ve been married for nearly three decades and have managed restaurants and lodges throughout western America. They are both outdoor enthusiasts, sharing such passions as skiing, hiking, and biking. They now focus their energy on enhancing the experience at the estate on Red Mountain.

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Philanthropy

Over the years Hedges Family Estate has helped many non-profit organizations, and continues to contribute an average 10% of net profits to charitable causes. We receive so many requests each day that it is impossible to participate in all the wonderful charities that come our way.

  • Auction of Washington Wines
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Camp Korey
  • Children's Developmental Center
  • Cornish College of Arts
  • Good Samaritan Foundation
  • Hanford Reach Interpretive Center
  • LeMay Museum
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Patrons of Cystic Fibrosis
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Fnd
  • March of Dimes
  • Poncho
  • Seattle Aquarium Society
  • Seattle Police Foundation
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Special Olympics
  • Sun Valley Center for the Arts
  • Tri-Cities Cancer Center
  • Washington Wine Country
  • Woodland Park Zoo

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