Like many winemakers at Rombauer, Luke — a native Australian — started as a harvest intern, though what began as a several-month stint turned into an 18-month work experience. When his work visa ran out, Luke returned to Australia and took a position at a winery in McLaren Vale, but he jumped at the chance to come back to Rombauer in 2008 — a move that reunited him with his future wife! He quickly worked his way up to the Assistant Winemaker position in 2009, and in 2013, he was named Rombauer’s Associate Winemaker. In 2019 he was named Rombauer’s Winemaker. Luke says there are still some things he misses about his home country, most notably cricket and Australian rules football.

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