Craig Grafton - Chief Winemaker
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.
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.