Erin Miller

Erin Miller

Twomey Cellars (Winemaker)

Erin Miller has a diverse educational background that has led her to becoming a winemaker. She first earned a BA in Mathematics and Russian Language Studies from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon in 1999. Erin then completed an M.S. in 2005 at the University of California, Davis, following a two and one-half year stint in Niger, West Africa, as a member of the Peace Corps. Her decision to make winemaking her career came as a result of her experience working a harvest as a “cellar rat” in Napa Valley just prior to departing for Niger.

After completing her M.S. in hand, Erin departed for France, where she worked as a vineyard and cellar intern at Domaine de Coume del Mas in Banyuls-sur-mer and Domaine Rene Lequin-Colin in Santenay. This experience led to her subscribing to the concept of the “vigneron,” whereby the winemaker is intimately involved in the vineyard. As she says, “We tend to separate those two things here in the U.S., but I love the idea of bringing them together, of that seamless transition from vineyard and grapes to wine and ultimately, to the table.”

Returning to the States in 2006, she initially took a position as Viticultural Enologist for Kendall-Jackson’s Vinwood Cellars’ Bordeaux Program, and subsequently moved on to an enologist position at Hartford Family Winery in 2007. In 2010 she joined Provingage Wine Associates, managing wines for four luxury wineries and working for Evening Land Vineyards as the Oregon Assistant Winemaker and the California Winemaker. These positions brought Erin into both the vineyards and the winery, allowing her the opportunity to work closely with vineyard manages to increase the quality of the fruit being produced by controlling yields and managing the vines.

Erin joined Twomey Cellars in 2014 as the winemaker for its Pinot Noirs. In this position, she is continuing her work with vineyard-driven wines crafted to express a distinct sense of place. This means that she is spending much of her time in Twomey’s Pinot Noir vineyards in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Santa Barbara counties, but is also involved with its Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in Napa Valley.