LOUIS COSTA is a winemaker, qualified brewer and passionate meadmaker, born and bred in Pauillac, amidst the vines in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region of France.
Starting out at a very young age in his family’s winery, using vines planted by his grandfather, Louis’ passion for wine was cemented at the tender age of 11.
His grandfather, also named Louis Costa, was a keen apiarist, and taught Louis about bees and pollination and the various types of floral honey harvested around the French countryside. Louis began experimenting with meads at a young age, keen to push the boundaries of what was possible and turn traditional mead, or hydromel in French, into something spectacular and sought-after by the wine connoisseurs of his milieu.
His curiosity and passion for fermentation then led him on a journey around the world to discover new world wines and other fermented beverages.
Louis has worked in some of the most prestigious chateaux of the Bordeaux region, and alongside the talented winemaker Virginia Willcock at Vasse Felix in Western Australia.
In 2012, he landed in Byron Bay, where he fell in love with the region, the lifestyle and his future wife, and decided to call Australia home.