Toby Halkovich joined Cakebread Cellars in 2004 as the winery’s viticulturist and was named Director of Vineyard Operations in 2012. He is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, where he earned a degree in agricultural and managerial economics, and later received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
At Cakebread, Toby is responsible for developing, implementing, and administering detailed viticulture plans for the winery’s 560 acres on fifteen estate vineyards, managing the winery’s relationship with its contract growers, and liaising with Cakebread’s winemaking staff to ensure quality and stylistic control for both estate and purchased fruit. He is also responsible for maintaining and expanding sustainable farming and stewardship programs, such as Napa Green and Fish Friendly Farming. Since arriving at Cakebread Cellars, Toby has sought to keep the vineyards on the leading edge of agricultural technology through monitored trials, research, and experimentation. He currently sits on the Unified Symposium’s Program Development Committee and the National Grape and Wine Initiative’s Committee on Understanding and Improving Grape Quality.
Prior to coming to Cakebread Cellars, Toby worked in vineyard management in his native Sonoma Valley and was a consultant for premium grape growers, developing sustainable, site-specific plans for pest control and plant health. Before changing industries, Toby was a legislative clerk for a member of the California State Assembly and gained experience working with the agriculture and appropriations committees.
Away from the vineyards, Toby is a volunteer fire captain, youth baseball coach and sportsman. He resides in the Sonoma Valley with his wife and their three children.