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Michael Hopkins is the Hawaii Region Manager for Jackson Family Wines with responsibility for sales and marketing of the Jackson Family group of wineries both in Hawaii and Alaska. He was born and raised in Hawaii, and is a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools and attended the University of Hawaii.
Since 1986, Michael has made a career in the Hawaii wine industry having worked for McKesson Wine and Spirits, and Johnson Brothers of Hawaii. In 1995 Michael began working for Jess Jackson and Jackson Family Wines recently celebrating 20 year with the company.
Michael states that at Jackson Family Wines, exceptional wines are produced from noble varieties grown in the regions where they perform at their highest level. Jackson Family Wines' story began back in 1975 when Jess Jackson purchased a pear and walnut orchard in Lake County, California. Two years later he replanted the rolling terrain to a vineyard. In 1982 Jess made his first vintage of Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay. That year after his wine was awarded the first-ever Double Platinum Award in the American Wine Competition.
Today Jackson Family Wines owns more than 35 individual wineries in five countries on four continents along with thousands of acres of grand terroir in regions ranging from Mendocino to Santa Barbara and Australia to Tuscany. The company's estate wineries are staffed by dedicated, experienced people who are driven to make wines that are both personal statements and accurate depictions of their geological, topographical and climatic origins.
“In the end we strive to make wines that are both meaningful and delicious”.