Wayfarer Winemaker Todd Kohn has deep roots in Northern California. He grew up in a small town three hours north of Napa Valley, and went to college at UC Davis, where he majored in Viticulture and Enology. During his first lab internship—at the California sparkling wine house, Schramsberg—he fell in love with wine.
Additional internships in the lab, cellar, and vineyard, helped develop Todd’s knowledge of all aspects of winemaking. Experience at several premiere Napa Valley wine producers, including Opus One, soon led into an opportunity to work in Australia with Richard McIntyre at Moorooduc Estate. Working with McIntyre in the Morning Peninsula region gave Todd invaluable insight into growing and crafting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay—great preparation for his role at Wayfarer.
Upon his return to the Napa Valley, Todd accepted a position assisting the viticulturist at Opus One and continued to build his winegrowing experience. Two years later, in 2016, he joined Wayfarer as Assistant to the Winemaker before becoming Winemaker in 2018. Todd also serves as the Associate Winemaker for Pahlmeyer.