Tom Hedges started off in Taiwan, marketing American wine back in 1986. As his passion for wine grew, so too did his knowledge of the industry. Soon after, Tom secured his first client, the government of Sweden, through the success of his “virtual” winery. Along with his wife, Anne-Marie, the couple focused their efforts on marketing their Cabernet and Merlot blend, which led to North American-wide distribution. After years in the industry, and no winery to call home, the couple took the plunge and purchased acreage atop Red Mountain. Cabernet and Merlot quickly became the focus of their 1987 vintage. A chateau was built in a style similar to ones found in Anne-Marie’s native land, Champagne, formally laying the foundations for of a truly authentic winery. Today, Hedges Family Estate includes Head Winemaker Sarah Hedges Goedhart and General Manager Christophe Hedges, the adult children of Tom and Marie.