Austin Heidt became a Certified Wine Educator in 2014 and was named Top Somm Great Lakes. In 2015, Austin passed the Theory and Tasting portions of the Master Sommelier Exam and in 2018, was accepted into the Master of Wine program.
He currently studies for both exams. He has worked Harvest in 6 different countries and grows 15-acres of his own vines in the Old Mission Peninsula AVA of Traverse City, Michigan. His formal education includes hospitality at the University of Denver, Cornell University and a cooking degree from the Culinary Institute of America. He was a Sommelier at Frasca Food and Wine, winner of multiple James Beard Awards and became Wine Director of Rich Table Restaurant in San Francisco, a Michelin Star winner during his tenure.