Kate was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, and after a number of years exploring the world and its wines, made Margaret River her home.
After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Viticulture & Oenology she was off and away, and now has over twenty vintages under her belt spanning ten wine regions across four countries. Her experiences include the steep learning curve of her first vintage in McLaren Vale, dancing in the old concrete lagars (special port fermenters) while making Port in the Douro Valley, some chilly days making sparkling wine in the UK, the gravity fed barrel storage caves in Oregon, as well as meeting and learning from the many incredible winemakers, viticulturalists and cellar crew she met along her path. Her winemaking achievments have been reconised by Gourmet Traveller Wine who have named her as a finalist as Young Winemaker of the Year, and the Young Gun of Wine Awards where she was a Top 12 finalist.
She has spent over 10 years making wine in Wilyabrup, so has a natural affinity with Jilyara. Drawing on her experience Kate is crafting wines of the highest quality, and by respecting the fruit she is allowing the wine to express the terroir of the vineyard. She works very closely with Craig and Maria through out the year to ensure the wines are a true team effort.