Winemaker Eric Johnson is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he studied Wine and Viticulture and Agricultural Business Management. He joined Talley Vineyards in 2007 and worked as a grape sampler and cellar hand before becoming an Enologist. Over time, Eric assumed more of the daily wine production responsibilities resulting in promotion to Winemaker in August 2010.
Eric was raised on a family farm in Los Banos, California. “I appreciate the tradition of quality that the Talley family has fostered since they began farming the Arroyo Grande Valley in 1948,” he said. “I believe that the world’s greatest wines are defined by place as opposed to winemaking manipulation.” In addition, Eric has a great work ethic and passion for excellence. “I try to lead by example.”
Eric has traveled to France, Italy, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile for the opportunity to explore wine grape regions or work harvests. In his spare time, Eric enjoys outdoor sports, food and wine. He lives in San Luis Obispo.