Luke’s first career was as a chef, but the relentless hours behind the stove gave way to new inspiration. His passion for winemaking was spurred by a love of nature and an interest in science. He found winemaking to be the perfect blend of the two.

Luke’s initiation to the wine industry happened in 2004. Whilst working at a friend’s restaurant, a casual conversation with a local winemaker turned out to be well timed, and a day’s visit to the winery during vintage resulted in being hired permanently. It was at this boutique winery just outside the southern edge of the Yarra Valley that Luke started his winemaking journey. Study began, work continued, and opportunities arose to travel. Luke gained valuable overseas experience at Whitcraft Winery in Santa Barbara and Weingut Keller in the Rheinhessen Region of Germany, and completed the Charles Sturt University Winemaking and Viticulture double degree.

Closer to home, Luke learnt his craft at prestigious wineries including the Yarra Valley’s Mt Mary, Yering Station, Chandon and Oakridge, Seppelt Great Western at the Grampians and Lindeman’s at Sunraysia. “I still love many of the wines that come from those regions. And the relationships I’ve gained and mentorship I’ve experienced have shaped me as a Winemaker and continue to guide me.”

Luke first worked with Rosemount wines in 2016, then in June 2018 the opportunity arose to look after the full Rosemount portfolio. His favourite wines are of course the flagship GSM and Balmoral Syrah.

“The GSM is such an exciting wine to make. Getting that perfect blend of elements from the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre is well worth the challenge. I’m also humbled by the purity of fruit and expression of the region reflected in the Rosemount Balmoral Syrah. It’s elegant and poised, and doesn’t need to be big and overt to command attention.”

Rosemount wines are rooted in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia, a region that excites Luke for its tapestry of soil types, changes in topography and maritime climate.

“I think that’s one of the reasons I like McLaren Vale so much – it’s an adventure! From the Biscay soils, to the sands of McLaren Flat and Blewitt Springs, the maritime influence and the changes in elevation that run up to the gullies and hills that frame the Vale, every site has something different to offer. But all maintain that trademark McLaren Vale drinkability. It’s a joy to work with.”