Farm & Family

A Visionary Estate

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

The Hedges Family

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.

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...

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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!

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...

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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 work

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 yogurt and sauerkraut crocks bubbling away in her kitchen. She loves to cook, garden and keeps it all in check with daily yoga. She also has a deep love for animals big and small. She lives in Richland, Washington with her husband, Brent, their sons Lucas and Trevor, their dogs Otto, Shadow and Jackson, their 4 chickens and a turtle named Cowboy. Her favorite wine is whichever wine she is drinking with good friends.

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...

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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

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...

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While growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Grace heard California’s call. Upon graduation, she packed her bags for San Francisco and landed her first wine gig, working in the finance department for a winery in Santa Rosa. She was quickly promoted into sales and marketing, and that’s where she found her passion. Dragging wine bags up and down San Francisco’s hilly streets was no easy task, but as she learned her trade and came to know her clients, she fell in love with the wine business.

Clamoring for more knowledge, she took a position with a South American wine company, which gave Grace her first taste of travel, a passion that has led her around the world. Thirsty for bigger case drops, she set her eyes on landing large chain account deals, and she was quickly promoted to National Account Manager. Her success led her to a new job for the third-largest French wine company in France as Director of Sales. This new environment helped hone her skills in international business. In 2019, Grace joined Hedges Family Estate as the VP of Global Sales.

While growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Grace heard California’s call. Upon graduation, she packed her bags for San Francisco and landed her first wine gig, working in the finance department for a winery in Santa Rosa. She was quickly promoted into sales and marketing...

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Back in the old days, Boo was a banjoist and songwriter in Nashville and then a short-term equity trader in Charleston, but the wine bug bit him like a pit bull chomping down on his calf and, in 2008, he headed west to Washington State. Boo moved into a double-wide trailer surrounded by grapevines on Red Mountain, where he grew a handlebar mustache, bought a horse, and settled into the terroir. The half-French Hedges family, who are pioneers of the industry, soon took him in and taught him the art of farming and the old world philosophies of wine.

In the decade that followed, Boo traveled the globe selling juice for the Hedges, and he and his wife bought a gentleman's farm on the Yakima River, where they raised sheep, planted their own vines, and made valdiguié and sangiovese in amphorae.

Wanderers at heart, they've since traded in the farm life for the palm trees and turquoise waters of St. Pete, Florida. Boo now considers himself a missionary spreading The Gospel of Red Mountain far and wide.

He's also an best-selling author and has just wrapped up his series, The Red Mountain Chronicles, a fictionalized version of life in this world-class growing region.


Back in the old days, Boo was a banjoist and songwriter in Nashville and then a short-term equity trader in Charleston, but the wine bug bit him like a pit bull chomping down on his calf and, in 2008, he headed west to Washington State...

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Reigning from Southern California, Ariana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Advertising from Chapman University. In addition she holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Pepperdine University. Prior to obtaining the Western Regional Sales Manager role at Hedges Family Estate, she has worked in the industry for over 9 years in variety of positions. She has worked in many roles from distribution to a regional management position with an importer. Since a child she has been around the wine and restaurant industry and this has influenced her career and passion for the industry.

Reigning from Southern California, Ariana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Advertising from Chapman University. In addition she holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Pepperdine University. Prior to obtaining the Western Regional Sales Manager role at Hedges Family Estate...

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Kathy was born and raised in Seattle and attended the University of Washington where she received her bachelor's degree in International Studies. Kathy began her management career in Seattle at Allstate Insurance Company working for sixteen years in both Seattle and Ohio. Kathy earned her Master of Business Administration at Kent State University. When presented with the opportunity to move to Europe in 2000, Kathy jumped off the corporate ladder and immersed herself in the culture, living in Belgium and in a small village in the Southwest of France and working in local vineyards, traveling extensively, and becoming a fluent French speaker. Kathy pursued her love of wine and obtained the prestigious D.U.A.D. from the University of Bordeaux, and the Certified Specialist of Wine CSW solidifying her passion for the world of viticulture and wine production. After 16 years in Europe, Kathy returned to the United States to be closer to her family, and especially her two grandsons. She is thrilled to be back in Washington - now a Husky in Cougar territory - and eager to forge her Washington roots with her European experience to serve the Hedges Family Estate.

Kathy was born and raised in Seattle and attended the University of Washington where she received her bachelor's degree in International Studies. Kathy began her management career in Seattle at Allstate Insurance Company working for sixteen years in both Seattle and Ohio. Kathy earned her...

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Born and raised in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago to third generation vegetable farmers, Wayne, at a young age, was introduced to the importance of food and knowing where it comes from. The constant exposure to fresh and varied produce sparked a love affair with cooking and all things food and beverage! After graduating from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a degree in Finance, where he was also working as a chef at a local Farm-To-Table restaurant, Wayne set out to explore the culinary world farther. He dove head first into the world of specialty coffee, working as a barista before eventually managing the cafe. His immersion into specialty coffee would become the stepping stone to him truly developing a palate and appreciation for the nuance of craft beverages. Wanting to diversify his knowledge further, Wayne then accepted the managerial position at a small craft brewery near his hometown where he would continue to develop an understanding of taste and became absorbed by the world of fermentation. He began brewing his own kombucha, seeking out sourdough bakeries, and studying (and drinking) wine! The history, art, culture, language, and wonder of wine captivated him and he knew it was only a matter of time before he would have to make wine his full-time vocation. As luck would have it, Wayne received his first break in the world of wine while visiting family in Missoula, MT, when his incredibly supportive Uncle connected him with a local wine educator. After a 45 minute meeting at a local coffee shop and a few emails later Wayne was introduced to Sarah Goedhart, the Winemaker at Hedges Family Estate. Even though having no formal experience in winemaking, Sarah was empathetic to Wayne and offered him a 6 month Enology Internship. Having never heard of Red Mountain and being completely ignorant to the incredible people and company he was about to become apart of, Wayne packed up his silver Cobalt with as many flannels as could fit and headed West. And after completing his very first harvest he struck gold again when he was offered to stay on as Sarah’s assistant and the opportunity to study for his Viticulture Certificate through Washington State University.

In his spare time Wayne enjoys reading a slew of different books, cooking, listening to records, all things nature related, exploring craft breweries & coffee shops, working out, and talking about Rom-Coms with his little brother and sister (two of his 4 siblings).

Born and raised in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago to third generation vegetable farmers, Wayne, at a young age, was introduced to the importance of food and knowing where it comes from. The constant exposure to fresh and varied produce sparked a love affair with...

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James grew up in Woodinville, Washington, and then attended the University of Idaho where he earned a degree in Environmental Science.  While in college, James spent time with his brother in Napa Valley, CA where he had the privilege of seeing and working in some of Napa Valley’s top vineyards. That made James fall in love with wine culture and ever since then he has been working on the vineyard side, which is his passion.  He is a strong believer in terroir, Red Mountain and Washington wine. 

When James is not in the vineyards he enjoys fly fishing, camping, hiking, and golfing. He also enjoys coaching his daughter's basketball team. James lives in Kennewick with his wife Meri, daughter Makenna, son Kaleb, and two Golden Retrievers.

James grew up in Woodinville, Washington, and then attended the University of Idaho where he earned a degree in Environmental Science.  While in college, James spent time with his brother in Napa Valley, CA where he had the privilege of seeing and working in some...

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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.

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...

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With a background in agriculture and a degree from Washington State University in Landscape Architecture Adam applies his varied knowledge to shipping online 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.

With a background in agriculture and a degree from Washington State University in Landscape Architecture Adam applies his varied knowledge to shipping online orders, loading trucks, fixing broken water mains, repairing tractors, and tackling whatever problems Red Mountain can throw at him. When he is not...

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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.

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...

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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

Visit the News & Events blog to see how we’ve worked with some of our favorite non-profits.

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