Craig Grafton - Chief Winemaker
Craig joined the Ferngrove team in February 2018 after more than eleven years in various winemaking roles with Pernod Ricard.
Growing up on farmland in the country bordering the Northern fringe of the Barossa Valley he had a grass roots entry into agriculture and obtained his winemaking degree from Charles Sturt University in NSW. His interest and genuine belief that ‘great wines start in the vineyard’ led him to return to study and earn a further degree in Viticulture, so he could better understand the intricacies of the grapevine.
He has experienced many countries and grape growing regions across the globe in a winemaking capacity. Craig has spent time in the Bordeaux region of Southern France, the Sonoma Valley in California, Nashik in India and Ningxia in North-Central China. In Australia, he has worked in the Barossa, Yarra and Clare valleys, Geelong/Bellarine and Mildura regions.
An advocate of the Great Southern region, Craig is keen to entrench Ferngrove as a leading WA wine producer.
Chris Zur - Vineyard Manager
Chris Zur grew up by the ocean in New South Wales and wanted to be a pro surfer. Either that or a cop. Nowadays the closest he gets to a policeman’s beat are the vineyards, which he patrols with pride. He first gained an interest in wine when visiting his brother-in-law’s Margaret River property in the late 1980s, and when the opportunity arose to work at Ferngrove in 1998, he didn’t need asking twice.
Chris is excited by the quality of Ferngrove’s vineyards and how the vines to express each block’s subtleties.
Adriaan Foot - Senior Winemaker
Adriaan originally hails from Cape Town, South Africa and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology at Stellenbosch University. He worked as a winemaker in the South African wine industry for several years, before the lure of experiencing a vintage at one of the world’s most esteemed wineries in California’s Napa Valley set him on the path of itinerant winemaker.
Several vintages in Australia, New Zealand and California again followed, which also included a stint as consulting winemaker in India’s Hampi Hills.
Adriaan joined Ferngrove in 2019 and loves the unique challenges and rich rewards that comes with cool climate winemaking in the Great Southern. He looks forward to continuing the tradition of producing exceptional wines from this stunning region.
Andrew Blythe - Managing Director
Andrew Blythe started out in wine more than 20 years ago, with a role at John Coppins Wine Merchants. He enjoyed a rapid ascent that led to his appointment as Global Sales and Marketing Manager for the Palandri Wine Group in WA, which he joined at inception in 2001 before moving to Ferngrove in 2009. Now serving as Managing Director, he has always been unstinting in his passion and support for Western Australian wine.
He believes the Great Southern region is special for its remoteness, diversity of varieties and wine styles, which have a distinctive lightness of touch combined with ripeness of fruit – an unusual combination among Australian wine growing regions. Andrew is driven by the satisfaction of working with a great team, being involved with great wines from some of Australia’s best grape-growing regions and seeing consumers enjoy the fruits of the team’s labour.