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.
In 2015, Luke sought a new challenge and was delighted to take up the position of Senior Winemaker at Devil’s Lair in July 2015. The role is allowing him to expand his skills in winery management, further cultivate the team and family-like culture of the winery and work more with Chardonnay. Stylistically, Luke believes the Devil’s Lair wines are set to soar. He is looking forward to better understanding Margaret River’s subregions, embracing a different style of Cabernet, immersing himself in Chardonnay.
Luke and his young family are already enjoying settling into Margaret River. As a keen surfer, living five minutes from some of the country’s best breaks and enjoying the beach lifestyle with the kids is a huge benefit. In addition, the region’s outstanding wines, striking beauty and great people make Margaret River an undeniably great place to call home.