The next generation of iconic Coonawarra winemakers
- The next generation of Coonawarra's iconic winemakers: The Tocaciu family, Luke works hard to showcase the best Coonawarra has to offer, winning him several winemaking trophies and dozens of phenomenal critical scores.
- Angels came to Luke's rescue when he unexpectedly had to take on the role of both Chief Winemaker and CEO after the sudden loss of his father. Now he runs the family winery Patrick of Coonawarra. And it's a smashing success!
- Thanks to the help Angels gave Luke, he's back on his feet - making wines from the most famous Cabernet region in Australia.
Years Angel-funded: 2015-17
Luke Tocaciu's Story
Born and raised in Coonawarra, his favorite varieties are Riesling and Cabernet. In fact, Luke has won 7 trophies for his Riesling, numerous medals, dozens of phenomenal Halliday results, Winestate Magazine features and oh so many more...!
Luke's love for wine and winemaking started with simple jobs like turning pumps on and off and pruning vineyards to earn a bit of extra cash at his families vineyard and winery "Patrick of Coonawarra", soon enough the lifestyle got him and he fell in love.
After blitzing it at the University of Adelaide and 2007 he jumped at the opportunity to travel with his passion of winemaking, making vintages in Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Barossa Valley and Sonoma (USA).
Luke returned to his families business after his fathers passing and took over, he has been making wines ever since.
Luke isn't just the winemaker at the winery he is also the company director meaning when he doesn't have his hands in grapes he has his nose in books ensuring everything on the finance front is okay. Angels helped Luke by giving him that extra assurance that he can keep making the wine he loves and YOU supported him to do it!
It doesn't get much better than Luke Tocaciu!
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