With the travel bug, his wanderlust for travel and wine, led him on an around-the-globe trip to South America, Africa, Asia and Europe, and after working another harvest at Arcadian, he ventured back to Australia as a vineyard manager in the Barossa Valley. During the time, for the next five years, Ben worked alternate vintages between Australia and Europe, with cellar and winemaking jobs in the Languedoc, New South Wales, at Domaine Dujac in Morey-St.-Denis, De Bortoli Wines in Yarra Valley, Poderi Colla in Piedmont and Yalumba Wines in the Barossa.
In 2006 Ben traveled back to the United States and became a harvest assistant winemaker at Joseph Phelp’s Freestone Vineyards. In 2007, he was hired in an assistant winemaker role for the developing Pinot Noir program at Twomey Cellars and in 2008 was named as Winemaker. Through the 2013 vintage, Ben led the development of the Twomey Cellar’s exceptional Pinot Noir program, making Pinot Noir from Russian River and expanding the program to other regional and vineyard-focused wines.
In 2014, Ben was hired on as winemaker at Westwood Estate. Overseeing winemaking for this Estate is a dream job for him. Leading winemaking for this Estate is the perfect blend for Ben’s passion for Pinot Noir and Rhone varietals.