Submitted by Westport Winery

Westport Winery has hired David Hess to augment their acclaimed winemaking program. Hess, a specialist in viticulture and enology with a bachelor’s degree in integrated plant sciences from Washington State University, has a wealth of experience from around the world. His resume includes roles from cellar supervisor to assistant winemaker from Napa to New Zealand and Walla Walla to Australia. Head winemaker Dana Roberts said, “I’ve been a one person show for eleven years. I’m looking forward to having David join me in the cellar and in the vineyards.”

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Westport Winery has hired David Hess to augment their acclaimed winemaking program. Photo courtesy: Westport Winery

David said, “As a WSU graduate and a Washington wine enthusiast I am beyond thrilled to join the Westport team. I come from the very flat and landlocked state of Kansas. I look forward to spending my free time at the beach or hiking the Olympics with my dog, Nahla. You know you’re on the right track when the road ahead outshines the road behind. I can’t wait to travel that road with the Roberts family.”

Westport Winery Seaside received the 2019 Rising Star Award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. Westport Winery and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. In 2017 the Westport Winery Garden Resort was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.

In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.

In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside and Seaside Kites are open daily from 11am to 6pm. For more information on the Oregon operation guests can visit their website at www.westportwinery.com. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or brunch, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.

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