Growing up in the wine country, Austin has been studying California wines for some time. In 2005 he traveled to Australia and New Zealand to research their wines and style. His Dads' winemaking talent must have rubbed off; in 2009, Austin and his brother released their first vintage as winemakers to a "Best of Class" award for Sauvignon Blanc. Austin has been studying winemaking at UC Davis extension and took over winemaking duties from his dad in 2015.
Having graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2006, Austin's education in biological sciences and outgoing nature are a welcome addition to Hawley Winery. When he is not working in the cellar or out in the vineyard; Austin runs a small workshop and crafts furniture out of used wine barrels Wine Barrel Workshop.
In 2012, Austin married Chelsea Alexander who also works for her family's small winery. Their daughter Emelia was born in 2014 and their son Hayes was born in 2017 and they both already show potential to be great winemakers!