Erik comes from a farming family, originally from northwestern Minnesota. He majored in Biology and Geology at Oberlin College before heading west to start working in vineyards and wineries. Erik worked for producers in Oregon, New Zealand, and California's Central Valley before coming to Santa Barbara County.
Erik started working with the Sanford estate vineyards in 2009 while also working towards his M.S. in Viticulture and Enology from Fresno State. He lives in Gaviota with his wife on her family's historic farm.