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Our Team

Luke Skeer and Simon Robertson are joined by a talented team of winemakers, viticulturists and staff – local and afar – who support the winemaking process right through to the point at which it reaches your glass.


Winemaker Luke

Luke Skeer

Senior Winemaker

As a passionate advocate of Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s fitting that Luke Skeer is complementing his extensive experience in Cabernet winemaking at Coonawarra with his new role of Senior Winemaker at Margaret River’s Devil’s Lair.

Luke Skeer grew up in the Coonawarra wine region of South Australia and as a fourth generation local, it’s not surprising that he developed a desire to craft wine from a young age. After working his first vintage while still at school in 1996, Luke went on to study Oenology at Adelaide University while working in McLaren Vale and also completed vintages in Coonawarra, Bordeaux and the Barossa Valley.

In 2008, Luke became a Winemaker at Wynns where he was responsible for crafting the finest expression of Coonawarra each vintage. While at Wynns, Luke was awarded the Wine Society's Australian and New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year in 2013.

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Winemaker Simon

Simon Robertson

Viticulturist

Simon’s dedication to the site has seen him celebrate 20 years as viticulturist of Devil’s Lair. Simon is charged with the management, direction and growing of 130 hectares of premium Margaret River vineyards planted with eight varieties including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.

Simon’s vision for the Devil’s Lair vineyards is simple: in partnership with esteemed winemaker Oliver Crawford, he seeks to cultivate the best possible Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay and continue Devil’s Lair’s benchmark-setting reputation for these varieties and the Margaret River region.

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Winemaker Ben

Ben Miller

Winemaker

Ben was born in the Hunter Valley, NSW surrounded by vineyards and fine wine. He spent his uni holidays picking grapes in the local vineyards giving him his first exposure to winemaking. Ben studied Biochemistry at Sydney University and realised early in life his passion for applying his scientific skills as a winemaker. “Biochemistry gave me an insight into the unique relationship between vineyard and vine and it seemed like a natural progression to start making wine”.

After Ben graduated in 1996, his first job was with Tyrrells in the Hunter Valley and this sparked an even greater interest in the mysteries of great wine. Soon winemaking became a way of life for Ben and he headed off to Languedoc in the south of France to further his knowledge. Travelling through Bordeaux, Champagne, Alsace, Rhône and Burgundy, Ben’s passion for winemaking was further ignited.

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Winemaker Matt Godfrey

Matt Godfrey

Winemaker

Matt Godfrey grew up in one of Australia's premier wine regions, the Barossa Valley, in a winemaking family. Surprisingly, it was Matt's early exposure to winemaking that lead him to initially follow different pursuits, namely aquaculture. It wasn't until Matt caught the travel bug and was looking to fund his trips overseas and in Australia that he worked during vintages at the Wolf Blass winery that he found his passion for wine. Matt's big move to Devil's Lair was in 2014, inspired by a love for Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Jarrah Prior

Technical Assistant

Much like the Fifth Leg, Jarrah Prior is often described as a refined larrikin. His easy going nature, jovial attitude and passion for Margaret River wines make him the perfect fit to undertake the role of winemaker and ambassador. Jarrah studied a Bachelor of Wine Science at Charles Sturt University, graduating in 2012. Originally from the Mornington Peninsula, Jarrah completed his first vintage in the Yarra Valley, where he developed a serious love for Chardonnay.
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