Dec 15, 2022
Erik Miller is the Owner and Winemaker of Kokomo Winery. He started the winery in 2004, naming it after his hometown of Kokomo, Indiana. Kokomo Winery currently produces over a dozen different varietals and several single-vineyard designates farmed by Erik's partner in the winery, grower Randy Peters.
Erik started in the wine industry after he was offered an opportunity to work as a seasonal harvest intern at Belvedere Winery in 2002. After spending some time in the winery, he realized that the artistic expression of being a winemaker and the diversity of the job was a perfect fit for him.
Destiny works in mysterious ways. It does not matter how much you plan; you will end up exactly where you are supposed to be. How do you lay the groundwork for a winery as someone who did not grow up in the industry?
Building connections and networks are critical in any business, especially in the wine industry. Erik Miller proved this as his brand rose from a small winery to one of the most prominent ones in Sonoma County.
In today’s episode of the Legends Behind the Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks and Bianca Harmon welcome Erik Miller, Owner and Winemaker at Kokomo Winery, as he talks about Hoosier hospitality and how he infused this into his tasting room team at Kokomo.