People

The Vigneron

"I’m a simple man – my favourite things in life, apart from Pinot, are thick woollen socks on cold winter's nights, my rusty old pocket knife, making driy-smoked goose-meat sausages with my neighbours at Christmas time, and spear fishing in the river by my home.

I'm a Tasmanian sheep farmer by birth but the mystery that turns grapes into wine hooked me early.

Peers and mentors alike pointed me north to the mainland where I spent my time at the world famous Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia. I served my apprenticeship in Burgundy, Bordeaux, California and New Zealand.

Then came Dalrymple Vineyards. What I've learned is patience. Knowing that a vineyard is an evolving organism buffeted by climate, wind, rain and sun. There are no repeat years. No textbooks. The vineyard and I work together, each within our own limitations.

Pinot Noir has always been my passion – the most difficult grape to grow, the most difficult wine to make well. The most satisfying of victories.”

Peter Caldwell - Vigneron