Meet the Producer
A family owned winery (one of the largest in Australia) that was ‘discovered’ in 1980. As Andrew’s dad decided, as he was driving past the vineyard, that it was time for he and his family to escape the rat race. They are based in Piangil, a 4 hour drive from Melbourne, 5 hours from Adelaide and a mere 9 hours from Sydney.
With 5800 acres of farmland (of which 1300 is under vine with further plantings to come) by 2020 there will be close to 2000 acres under vine. Andrew Peace is one of the largest crushers of grapes in Australia.
In 2018, 34k tons of grapes were crushed, producing 25.5m liters (close to 34m bottles).
The farmland crops all year round and is fully irrigated. They also grow corn, onions, wheat, barley, chick peas, adzuki beans, canola (also known as rape-seed), lentils, vetch (grain and hay) and have recently added 1200 sheep to the farm!
With 21 different grape varieties planted, the ability to produce different blends and styles from different areas is amazing. In addition to the normal ‘work-horses’ of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio there are also varietals like Gordo, Sagrantino, Crouchen, Doradillo and Zweigelt.
About the Winemaker
David King is the senior winemaker, 34 years old and hailing from Adelaide, he went to Adelaide Uni, graduating in 2006. Before joining Andrew Peace (2009) he did vintages in Italy (Principe Corsini – Italy), France (M.Chapoutier, Hermitage – Rhone) and in Australia with d’Arrenburg (McLaren Vale) and Hardy’s Tintara (McLaren Vale). Now with ten vintages under his belt with Andrew Peace, he’s both the resident expert and, since 2013, the senior winemaker.