Ben joined Mission Hill Family Estate in the summer of 2018. His decision to move half way across the planet with his wife and three young children was hardly a simpleone. However, the prospect of making wine in perhaps the world's most exciting emerging wine region was far too compelling.
Growing up on his family's farm in the Central Ranges of New South Wales, Ben cultivated a love of the land from a young age. Being close to a wine region led to an interest in vineyards and soon after leaving high school he had his first position in a winery as a Cellar Hand at the local Poet's Corner Winery. This is where his appreciation for the process from vine to wine grew into a deep fascination.
After earning his degree in oenology/winemaking at Charles Sturt University, Ben gained extensive winemaking experience across Australia, including notable regions of the Barossa Valley and Hunter Valley. He also spent time living in Hong Kong while working throughout Asia. With the goal of producing nothing less than world class wines, Ben returned to the Barossa Valley in 2014 as Chief Winemaker for Jacob's Creek, St Hugo and Wyndham Estate.
Ben carries this pursuit of excellence through to Mission Hill Family Estate. He hopes to leverage the family-owned and farmed vineyards, unique terroir and microclimates, and generations worth of agricultural expertise to redefine what's possible for Canadian wine in the eyes of the world.