Born in Gawler, on the edge of the Barossa Valley, Craig grew up with the wine industry around him. He started as a cellar hand with B Seppelt & Son in 1983, firstly at Chateau Tanunda and then later at Seppeltsfield. He lives on a property in Williamstown, and tends a small vineyard.
Craig joined Grant Burge Wines in 1993 as Cellar Manager and was soon promoted to Assistant Winemaker in 1994, Winemaker in 1995 and Senior Winemaker in 1997, with his meteoric rise within the company being due to his enormous talents, leadership, inquisitive mind, and his unrelenting passion for winemaking.
Craig must be acknowledged for his contribution to some of Australia’s most respected wines – Meshach, Shadrach and the highly regarded Filsell and The Holy Trinity. He is justifiably proud of their development and with his close working relationship with Grant, has crafted a solid reputation for excellence and conveying the true vales of the Barossa.
A passionate ambassador for the Barossa, Craig travels internationally for the company promoting the values and messages which have made the region famous. Being a vineyard owner as well as winemaker, Craig knows the nuances of the region intimately, the seasons, the soil, the varieties and is committed to maintaining the healthy environment to hand to future generations. His involvement with the company’s viticultural team is greatly respected, where his knowledge transfers to influencing the management of each year’s harvest.