Richard Hood – Winemaker
Winemaker, Richard Hood who joined our team just before harvest 2019 serves to highlight the vineyard characteristics, and to dial in the precision of flavors within bottle. Originally born in San Diego, he attended UC Davis and studied Food Science with an Enology specialization, graduating with a MS in 1998. Richard has diverse experience in terms of grape sourcing and production scale, and has had several positions throughout California. In 2010 he relocated to Washington State for new winemaking opportunities, drawn by the relative youth of the industry. Richard has since been actively involved in the Washington wine industry, including serving as chair of the Washington Wine Technical Group from 2013 through 2015. Apart from functioning as winemaker of Heathen Estate he is also currently a wine consultant.