Anne Vawter

Anne Vawter

Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery (Winemaker)

Red Mare Wines (Winemaker & Owner)

Teaderman Vineyards (Winemaker)

Anne Vawter’s fascination with wine began in her teens in Walla Walla, Washington. As her father, Bruce McKendry, was discovering new wines in the then-new winegrowing area, he also discovered that Anne, his youngest daughter, was curious about wine. Later, combining her interest in winegrowing and her love of nature from growing up on a dairy farm, Anne set her sights on becoming a winemaker and viticulturist

In 2002, she graduated with a B.S. in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis and then worked for wineries in Washington, Napa Valley, and Chile. She also spent four years with Paradigm Winery under the tutelage of Heidi Barrett. Anne says that when she was considering moving on from Paradigm Winery, she asked Heidi for her opinion about pursuing the consulting track and felt that Heidi was very encouraging and supportive.

Anne is a former consulting winemaker for both Oakville Ranch Vineyards and Varozza Vineyards and is currently the winemaker at Hoopes Family Vineyard & Winery and Teaderman Vineyards. Anne partnered with two investors to create Red Mare Wines, her first label, which had its initial release in Fall 2010. Red Mare offers Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon as its varietals.

In addition to her consulting business and her own wine brand, Anne manages and lives at Blossom Creek Farm, a horse ranch in Calistoga, California, where her red mare, Paradigm, and her mustang, Johnny Cash, live with 14 chickens, a cat, a dog, and a bee hive. She has two young daughters with her husband Cameron Vawter, who also works in the wine industry. In her free time, Anne and her husband enjoy rock climbing in the Sierras or sailing on San Francisco Bay.