It's our people that make LCW what it is; otherwise our grapes would remain just that.
Their combined expertise, wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for making LCW everything it is today, is testament to both their character, and the product they produce.
Great things are created when their varied schools of thought merge; science and agriculture, instinct and considered thought.
We like to think of them as a finely balanced team.
General Manager Winery Operations
Leisha brings a wealth of winemaking experience to LCW having worked with fruit from the local Limestone Coast, Australia and beyond. After completing a Bachelor of Ag Science (Oenology) at The University of Adelaide, SA in 2005 she set off to see the wine regions of the world, completing 9 vintages over a 5 year period. In 2009 Leisha returned to the Limestone Coast to follow her passion for cool climate winemaking and is a familiar face at local industry meetings & tastings.
Winery Manager (Interim)/ Senior Winemaker
Stephen was born and bred on the Limestone coast and undertook his first harvest at the LCW facility 2001, the seed was sown for a career in the wine industry. After working/tasting his way through the cellars of North America and Europe for a few years, Stephen took the plunge and undertook a Bachelor of Oenology at the University of Adelaide, completing in 2007. He then further developed his craft in the Adelaide Hills with Shaw & Smith, followed by time with S.C.Pannell and Warren Randell in McLaren Vale. The Limestone Coast always called and now having returned to his roots he is enjoying applying his knowledge and experience gained to the LCW range of wines.
The friendly face of Richie is widely recognised for his time as player and former captain of Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League. However whatâ€™s lesser known is his 13 years direct experience in the wine industry as a grower, and 25-year association through his family enterprise. With a background in manufacturing and time spent as a grower â€“ Richie has firmly established industry relationships throughout the South East of Australia. Richie completed his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University of Technology.