Brooke Blair grew up in Mount Gambier, a thriving community in the heart of South Australia’s Limestone Coast and in amongst one of Australia’s most prolific wine regions. Although she first started her tertiary studies in commerce, she soon changed career direction and decided to pursue winemaking.
After graduating from the University of Adelaide with a degree in Oenology, Brooke spent three vintages working at Hollick Wines in Coonawarra. With a wealth of local experience under her belt she then travelled to Spain and enjoyed her first vintage in the Northern Hemisphere. However, it was Canada that captured Brooke’s heart for the next 11 years. While based in Canada, she also had the opportunity to travel to Chile and work on the 2008 vintage, strengthening her winemaking skills further. After more than a decade of winemaking in Canada, Brooke then decided it was time to come home Down Under.
Upon Brooke’s return to Australian soil, she continued her winemaking career in The Riverland and Currency Creek wine regions before being offered a winemaking position with Peter Lehmann Wines. She is thrilled to be a part of such an esteemed winemaking team and looks forward to upholding the rich legacy of Peter Lehmann Wines.
Who is the greatest influence in your winemaking life?
What is your approach to winemaking?
Let the fruit express itself.
What is your favourite part of the winemaking process?
Blending. It’s such a complex process and it’s really interesting to see how certain wines complement each other (or not).
What is your favourite Peter Lehmann wine and why?
The Wigan Riesling. It’s always an exceptional example of what Riesling should be.
If you could invite one person to share a bottle of your wine with, who would it be?
When you are not making wine, what do you enjoy doing?
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I lived in Canada for 11 years.
If you weren’t making wine for a living, what would you be doing?
Good question….I enjoy cooking so maybe a chef.
What do you love most about the Barossa?
The wine, the food and the welcoming community.
The Rubens, Muse, Dave Matthews Band.
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.
The Usual Suspects.