In the 1990s, the Southern Flinders of South Australia made two significant contributions to the wine industry: the region began producing high quality wine grapes, and local lad Nigel Blieschke embarked on a career in viticulture.
At Peter Lehmann, Nigel works with more than 140 small family growers to continually push the boundaries of quality by introducing them to modern viticulture techniques and coaching them in the art of growing wine, not just grapes.
Geology was his first academic pursuit with a degree in Natural Resource Management, followed by a Graduate Certificate in Viticulture. He gained unmatched practical experience over 12 years at Barossa winery Yalumba working across their grower network, and particularly as manager of their world-renowned vine nursery, Here, Nigel fully explored the possibilities of vine traits and soil types.
Nigel joined Peter Lehmann Wines in 2008 and has since implemented new regimes on some of the oldest vineyards in the Barossa, lifting overall fruit quality across the board. It is a hands-on job, as much about relationships as it is viticulture. Each year, he clocks up thousands of kilometers traversing the region to visit growers. In his downtime, it is little wonder he likes to stay home to tend his vegetable garden and his own patch of shiraz.