Our Story

If my old man hadn't driven past the vineyard in back in 1980, we would never be doing what we're doing now. Here's the story of how Andrew Peace Wines came to be.

1947:

1947

Andrew's Dad, Jim, starts work as a fitter and turner in Brunswick, Melbourne, and continues for 33 years. Andrew's mum is a clerk for the State Electricity Commission.

1980:

1980

Dad passes a vineyard which is for sale and decides to quit his job. Announces to family that he is buying a vineyard on the Murray – they think he has lost his marbles. He is a tee-totaller!

December - Everything changes. The vineyard is purchased!

1981:

1981

Dad, Mum, my sister Amanda and I move to our uncle's property, Yungera Homestead, 80km north of the vineyard until Dad learns the ropes on the vineyard – hard yakka for a man from the big smoke.

Autumn - We all move into the vineyard – dogs and our old cat Patterson included.

December – I complete my final year of high school and decide to forget my original idea of studying engineering; I want to be a winemaker.

1982:

1982

I attend Roseworthy Agricultural College and graft to get my degree in Oenology (winemaking to you and me). I work in a supermarket during the holidays and wonder what it would be like to supply their wine…

1984:

1984

I do my first work experience at Woorinen Wine Estates for the 84 vintage.

1985:

1985

I work as the leading hand at Rouge Homme, Lindemans, Coonawarra.

1986:

1986

I start as Assistant Winemaker at Mildara learning from the best. There, I meet my future wife, Cathryn, through her brother. She runs her own beauty business….but won't for long.

1987:

1987

Cathryn and I get married.

1989:

1989

Our first son, Calum, is born.

I get the urge to go home and do my own thing. There is a lot to do to implement what I've learnt at uni.

1990:

1990

The Mildara team win the Jimmy Watson trophy – the highest accolade in all of Australia for a young red wine.

1991:

1991

By now things are really moving at the vineyard. We've been mechanised for 10 years, we've had a tow-along harvester for 8 and we've changed from flood irrigation to drippers.

Our second son Harrison is born.

1994:

1994

We extend the log cabin and mum and dad move in. Cathryn and I move into the old house at the same time.

The next step is to start the winery. But this takes a long time to sort out as we have to get a bank loan, council approval, vigneron licence EPA – the list goes on. At the same time, we are working very hard in the vineyard.

1996:

1996

Our dream comes true with our first grape crush. Dad, Cathryn, Robby and Mick are the first ones to work a vintage. Adam comes for 2 weeks too to see if he would like working in our winery – he's still with us now! Cathryn is pregnant with our third son Austin but works solidly through vintage.

1997:

1997

Our second vintage is 1570 tonnes – good going for a little set-up like ours. But we are obviously doing fine because we win the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Farm Management competition. We also snap up an extra 450 acres at the rear of the property, increase storage capacity to over 1 million litres and win the Swan Hill Business of the Year. Oh yeah, we first export to you poms too!

1999:

1999

We take capacity up to 3 million litres and the 4th vintage is almost 8000 tonnes. That's a bloody big pile of grapes! We also win the Victoria Wines Show Vineyard of the Year and the Telstra Regional Small Business of the Year.

2000:

2000

Cathryn, the ankle biters and I move to the new house in the new vineyard. It's a top place and the views are a beauty. The old house becomes the winery office and cellar door.

2001:

2001

We are the first in Oz to install Pera sweep arm fermenters.

Our precious daughter Sylvia is born.

2002:

2002

Hard work, dedication and growth. We purchase another 1600 acres to start our new vineyard, mainly planting new varieties such as Pinot Grigio, Viognier and Sagrantino. This allows us to offer you punters different styles of wine.

2005:

2005

The vintage is close to 20,000 tonnes so we have to move the old house to make way for Tank Farm D. The vintage also produces the first crop of my famous Sagrantino.

We move into our new offices, laboratory and warehouse complex – what a bonzer Christmas pressie!

2006:

2006

We installed a new Pera PN60, the biggest press in the world. Dad can't believe how we've grown.

2007:

2007

The vintage topped 17,000 tonnes and we grab another 77 acres.

2010:

2010

Further growth and we crush 18,000 tonnes of grapes.

2011:

2011

Works starts on our expansion which is in response to you guys drinking and demanding more. There will be 28 more tanks bringing us to a total capacity of 31,500,000 litres. We're also adding a new crushing pit, a new press and extending the weighbridge.

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