Ben was born less than a month before the opening of Lakewood Vineyards and grew up in its vineyards and wine cellars. After completing his Enology & Viticulture degree at Cornell University, Ben hopped between the northern and southern hemispheres, working vintages and beyond in California, New Zealand, Oregon, and Australia before returning to Lakewood Vineyards as the assistant winemaker in 2013. Since returning to the Finger Lakes, Ben has seen production grow at Lakewood to 40,000 cases and overseen the addition of a robust custom carbonated bottling operation serving clients throughout the Northeast. Ben has a passion for riesling and pinot noir in all their forms. He has a knack for the technical aspects of winemaking and takes a cathartic pleasure in optimizing production operations in the cellar and on the bottling line.