Luke Stanko

Assistant Winemaker

Michigan native Luke Stanko comes from a long line of people in the business of making things. The great-grandson of European immigrants who came to the US to farm and work in the auto industry, Luke spent his childhood following his family’s footsteps, growing produce in his home garden, making homemade sausage and spending as much time as possible outdoors. By the age of sixteen, Luke knew he wanted to apply his craftsman skills to becoming a winemaker.

After attaining a degree in cool-climate viticulture and enology from Niagara College with five wine harvests under his belt, Luke moved to Sonoma, California in the fall of 2012 to work as a harvest intern at Ram’s Gate Winery, a role that grew into Cellar Master and now, Assistant Winemaker, where he works closely alongside Winemaker Jeff Gaffner to oversee the grape lots every step of the way along their journey to becoming Ram’s Gate wines.

When not working around the clock during the harvest season, Luke spends his time hiking in the Russian River Valley, kayaking off the Bodega Bay coast and drinking Beaujolais and the wines of the Northern Rhône at his home in Sonoma.

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