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."
Growing up in Perth, Chris developed a keen interest in wine during a number of years spent working in the wine retail environment. At age 26, Chris decided to head down to Margaret River to study winemaking at Curtin University, graduating three years later as dux of the class of 2008. During this time Chris cut his teeth as a cellar hand with a number of local producers before moving into a winemaking role with Houghton Wines. Whilst with Houghton Chris also took the opportunity to complete northern hemisphere vintages in Oregon (USA) and Champagne. On returning to Australia, Chris worked for six months as a winemaker in Tasmania before joining the team at Plantagenet Wines.