Luke was raised on a family farm in Harvey in the Great Southern. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Oenology and Viticulture at Curtin University of Technology he travelled to Europe and the United States of America to gain some very valuable international wine making experience before returning to WA to pursue his career and passion for winemaking.
Luke has worked vintages in several Western Australian wineries before taking his first assistant winemaker position in the Great Southern Wine Region at Forest Hill Winery in early 2012 to take up a Senior Winemaker position with Rockcliffe Winery working with Coby Ladwig to craft some of the regions' most awarded wines.
"What a great opportunity to work with an established industry leading winery with a very strong viticultural and winemaking reputation. I am looking forward to being involved in all aspects of the winemaking process in this role and am excited to head a very talented wine making team."
Will had an early start in the wine industry, during school holidays he undertook work experience in the vineyard and winery at Houghton in the Swan Valley and also at Amberley Estate in the Margaret River region. After completing high school, Will continued to work at Amberley Estate, training in all aspects of wine production & subsequently gaining qualifications in cellar operations & winery OH&S which helped him progress to Cellar Supervisor. You could say he fell in love with the wine industry whilst working at Amberley Estate as this is where he met his future wife.
Will has worked at several large Western Australian wineries in Cellar Manager and Bottling Manager roles, gaining a well-rounded knowledge of all aspects of winery management. Will accepted the position of Production Manager at Plantagenet Wines in August 2016.
By accepting the challenge of recommissioning the bottling line at Plantagenet which had been shut down for over three years, Will has sparked life into the bottling and warehouse aspects of the winery.
Jordan Ellis - Vineyard Manager
Jordan’s passion for wine production began as a young man in the late 1990s. After completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree at Murdoch University, Jordan spent the ensuing years gaining experience viticulturally between the Great southern and Margret River wine regions. Subsequent to travel aboard Jordan embarked on further viticultural study before commencing a successful partnership with Plantagenet wines in 2009 as viticulturist.
Throughout his career Jordan has worked with Western Australia’s leading wine produces, achieving numerous accolades along the way. The most recent of which was wine of the show, for the 2012 Plantagenet Riesling at the prestigious Western Australian Qantas Wine Show. Jordan’s philosophy is to grow grapes in a manner which is sustainable and true to the teroir of the rugged Great Southern. He strongly believes in the ascendancy of the Great Southern’s cool climate Shiraz, Cabernet, Riesling and Chardonnay varietals.