Austin grew up immersed in the wine industry in Santa Rosa where his father is a winemaker. He made his first wine at age 15 and subsidized his college education making and selling his own wine. Before coming to Ovid, Austin worked at a number of wineries in Napa and Sonoma, and also worked at Chateau Le Bon Pasteur in Pomerol. He began working at Ovid in 2006 as Assistant Winemaker. He continued to travel to gain experience during the off seasons and has worked at wineries in Australia, South Africa, Argentina and New Zealand. Now he’s back to stay year ‘round at Ovid as Ovid’s Winemaker. Austin is particularly interested and active in the science of winemaking and loves to experiment in order to learn more about our particular piece of land and push the winemaking to new heights.
Austin has a B.S. in Enology from UC Davis and enjoys traveling, soccer, flyfishing, and anything outdoors. He enjoys reading the works of Jack Kerouac.