Leonard was born and raised in upstate New York, nestled between the Finger Lakes to the east and the Niagara wine region of Ontario, Canada to the west. His wine journey began in the world of wine retail, where he hosted countless tastings and assisted customers with wine selections daily. Leonard’s passion and curiosity then took him to Napa Valley, where he worked in hospitality for some of the finest wineries in the world. Thereafter, he spent a period of time in Australia, and today, now calls Oregon’s Willamette Valley home. Leonard’s enthusiasm comes from his large family of wine collectors who describe him best as hospitable, humble, and humorous. Leonard’s passion for playing guitar and always refining his culinary skills are both wonderful additions to Evening Land Vineyards.