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Location: Severnlea, Stanthorpe area, Granite Belt Wine Country, Queensland
What made you decide to become a winemaker?
“Background in the drinks business, love the creative side of winemaking and it was fate.”
What did your introduction to winemaking look like?
“One foot in front of the other, one step at a time. Learnt basic hands on skills in the begin, on the job, progressed to TAFE course and then enrolled in a bachelor of technology (wine) USQ, after 25 years in the local wine industry, I have had hard days at work, but I haven’t worked a day in that time – I love what I do.”
What were you doing before you became a winemaker?
“Pubs and Club”
What does your day-to-day actually look like?
“That’s very difficult to answer because, so many things happen and need to be done in the course of any one day with a small but busy winery cellar door and accommodation.”
Do you have a favourite product?
“I have 2, and they are both the most interesting drinks on the planet and they are Chardonnay and Saperavi.”
When you’re not winemaking, what do you like to do out and about on the Granite Belt?
“Spending time with my family and making sourdough bread”
Where you’ll find Peter…
“When people Ridgemill Estate, there is a high chance that the will have an encounter with me in the cellar door the vineyard or during one of our ‘winemaker tasting experiences’.”