Our Winemaker

Joe Hudon

Joe Hudon has a diverse 15 year wine related background working in medium to large scale wineries in Australia, California, New Zealand and Washington from viticulturist to winemaker.  Joe started his career on the viticulture side monitoring vineyards throughout Washington State while earning his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Washington State University.  Joe worked in West Australia for Houghton’s Winery and New Zealand for Kim Crawford Winery before attending the University of Adelaide where he completed a master’s degree in oenology.  Joe then worked for Ernest and Julio Gallo in Modesto California as assistant winemaker before coming back home to Washington State.  Joe picked out the best methods from each of his winemaking experiences with the intent of always improving quality and efficiency. Joe understands that winemaking starts in the vineyard and works extensively with our crew to create world class wine. Joe recently won the Sweepstakes Winemaker Award for our 2013 Claar Cellars Ice Wine at the San Francisco Wine Awards. Joe's winemaking skill has garnered many prestigious awards for our entire wine portfolio. Joe is going on his 7th year as our winemaker.

Experience (chronological order):

 

Covey Run Winery – Viticulture

 

Washington State University –

Bachelor’s in Horticulture

 

Columbia Crest Winery – Winemaking

 

USDA Parma, Idaho - Viticulture Research

 

Houghton’s Winery, West Australia – Winemaking

 

The Hogue Cellars – Viticulture

 

Kim Crawford Winery – Winemaking

 

University of Adelaide, South Australia –

Master’s of Oenology

 

Ernest & Julio Gallo Modesto, California –

Assistant Winemaker

 

Goose Ridge Estate Winery – Bulk Winemaker

 

Claar Cellars - Winemaker

At Taste WA
At Taste WA
Joe Hudon
Joe Hudon
With the Sea Gals
With the Sea Gals
Joe and Bob
Joe and Bob

Pouring for an at winery event.

Opening the red wines to aerate.
Opening the red wines to aerate.
In the Vineyard
In the Vineyard

Checking on the grapes firsthand.

The Winemaking Crew!
The Winemaking Crew!
Joe and Rosalba enjoying a great night at Tri-Cities Wine Festival
Joe and Rosalba enjoying a great night at Tri-Cities Wine Festival
Harvest Selfie
Harvest Selfie