Ben has been with Knappstein since 2013 and at the helm for the past two years. His passion and excitement in his small winemaking team, the ever improving practices and the quality of the fruit has the winery buzzing!
Ben is married to Katherine and they have three children. He balances family life with what can almost be called an obsession with wine, “once you’ve been bitten, there is no other industry in the world I’d rather be in”, even so Ben make sure he stays grounded and ceases every opportunity to expand his knowledge as the key fundamentals of his success. Being part of the Accolade group gives Ben access to some of the industries greatest minds and the opportunity with our fruit resource to flex his talents and ensure Knappstein continues to be one of the Clare Valleys iconic wineries. Watch this space.
James was appointed Vineyard Manager for Knappstein Wines in July 2017 as part of an expanded role within the business. He now oversees the management of 160ha of premium vineyards for the Knappstein, Leasingham and Petaluma brands in the stunning Clare Valley.
James' destiny really began in the early 1920s when two of his great grandfathers began planting vineyards in the Riverland. From a very early age he lived and worked on the family vineyards. As a fourth generation wine grape grower, his family's passion for the land and growing grapes has now spanned nearly 100 years.
After graduating from Adelaide University with a degree in Economics and Agribusiness, James spent the next few years moving around the country gaining knowledge in various wine growing regions including the Riverland, Margaret River and Langhorne Creek, before finally settling down in the Clare Valley.
Since taking the role of Vineyard Manager for Leasingham Wines in 2007, James has continued to develop his knowledge of the region and hone his skills as a viticulturist. He and wife Alice are happy to call Clare home and together with their two young girls look forward to many more years in the region.
In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his family, working on his property, riding motorbikes and tending to his livestock… but mainly riding motorbikes!