John came to Lakewood Vineyards in 1996. With prior experience working in a restaurant with an extensive wine selection, he had gained a great knowledge of wines but had never experienced wine production. At Lakewood, he asked if he could work harvest. After 15 years on our winemaking team, John transitioned to vineyard work and after several years working on the farm, he has retired. He now has more time to pursue his passion for fishing.