Travis started his 20-year career in the wine industry shortly after graduating from USC with a degree from the School of Cinema and Television. As a harvest cellar worker in Templeton, California, he became entranced with the intricacies of wine production and was startled to find it quite similar to film-making: a combination of artistic sensibility and technical execution. He made his way through the Central Coast from cellar tech to cellar supervisor, landing a position as production manager for Greg and Greg/Tandem Winery in Sebastopol, CA in 2002.
At Tandem, he managed all aspects of wine production and consulted for a wide range of small producers, focusing on Pinot Noir. After Tandem, he accepted the position of assistant winemaker at Mazzocco in Healdsburg, expanding his experience to include vineyard specific, small lot Zinfandel production. For the last seven years, Travis has been making wine in Santa Barbara County for a long list of ultra-premium producers from Sta Rita Hills to Paso Robles.