Brett Smith

For Brett the school holidays often involved working odd jobs in local vineyards from pruning and training vines to planting and picking during the busy vintage period. At the time Brett was focused on sport and this led him to study a Sports Science Degree at The University of South Australia. During his studies, Brett worked several vintages overseas as a means to saving money so he could travel through parts of North America and Europe.
It wasn’t until 2006 and his second vintage in Sonoma Valley that Brett become well and truly hooked on the buzz of vintage, viticulture and winemaking. He then decided it was time to return home to Australia and study Viticulture and Oenology.
His career in winemaking really began in 2011. Having spent several vintages in the Barossa, Brett fell in love with the region and was delighted to join the Peter Lehmann team in 2016. Alongside his fellow winemakers, Brett is committed to continuing the exceptional pedigree of winemaking at Peter Lehmann well into the future.

Q. Who is the greatest influence in your winemaking life?

The next person I share a bottle with. I love nothing more than hearing other people’s opinions and perceptions of a particular wine.

Q. What is your approach to winemaking?

Always have an end goal in mind when making decisions that will influence wine style.

Q. PLW has many loyal drinkers, how would you describe them?

Varied, the Peter Lehmann range caters for all tastes.

Q. What winemaking philosophy do you live by?

The same philosophy I have for everyday life. If you are going to do it, do it properly.

Q. What is your favourite part of the winemaking process?

Getting the wine into bottle, knowing we’ve done everything possible and created a time capsule of sorts.

Q. If you could invite one person to share a bottle of your wine with, who would it be?

Kobe Bryant, his shout.

Q. What is your favourite Peter Lehmann wine and why?

Peter Lehmann Wigan Riesling – perfect with any Asian cuisine, or without!

Q. What is your favourite wine and food match and why

Riesling and Salt and Pepper Ribs, Ying Chow style. Salty goodness washed down with a young Riesling, nothing better!

Q. When you are not making wine, what do you enjoy doing?

Fishing, or fishing.

Q. What’s your favourite wine region in the world — other than your own? 

Mosel, Germany. The most picturesque region I have visited.

Q. What would people be surprised to know about you? 

I collect stamps.

Q. If you weren’t making wine for a living, what would you be doing? 

Physical Education teacher, or a very poor professional fisherman.

Q. What’s the best wine you’ve ever tasted? The most interesting?

1970 Fonseca Vintage Port.

Q. What do you love most about the Barossa?

The butchers and the bakeries.

Q. Favourite music

The Rubens, Muse, Dave Matthews Band

Q. Favourite book

Anything by Bill Bryson

Q. Favourite movie

Hunt for the Wilderpeople