Tony Marshall

After 7 years in the hospitality industry Tony decided it was time for a career change. A meeting with Owner/Winemakers Mike McRae of Montara Wines and Trevor Mast of Mount Langi Ghiran Wines made him realise the wine industry would allow him to combine his love of the land and working outside with his passion for wine. Leaving his Chef’s whites in the kitchen, Tony decided to study Viticulture.
Whilst completing tertiary studies he worked part time getting his hands dirty in vineyards across some of Australia’s finest grape growing regions, from Mornington Peninsular, Yarra Valley, Heathcote and the King Valley to Mildura, Coonawarra.
In 2008, Tony joined Treasury Wine Estates as Grower Liaison Officer, moving to the Barossa in 2012. During that time, he worked with growers from across the Barossa before joining Peter Lehmann Wines in December 2015. There are few that know and understand the intricacies of the region, its sub-regions and vineyard sites like Tony. Working alongside the winemakers, he plays an integral role in ensuring the high quality and consistency of Peter Lehmann Wines vintage after vintage.

Q. How would you summarise your role?

It varies a bit. The spokesperson and conveyor of information from the winery to the grower, and also the other way around. I help growers in seeking the best practices to grow quality fruit. Organise intake at Vintage, and decide with winemakers when we think the perfect time is to harvest the grapes.

Q. What interests you about viticulture and why?

Grapes are easier to look after than Sheep.

Q. What do you find most interesting about your job?

How each year the fruit expresses itself differently.

Q. What do you find most challenging?

Definitely the weather.

Q. What skills do you need in your day to day job?

Good listening skills

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

Mentor, I love high quality Barossa cab, and the match with French oak just finishes it off.

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

1998 Vintage Krug, with Coffin Bay oysters. What more could you want.

Q. When you are not in Vineyards, what do you enjoy doing?

Getting out in the boat fishing.

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

Champagne, France. 

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

That I can’t leave the house without making the bed. 

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

Running fishing charters somewhere.

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

1998 Mount Langi Shiraz and 2010 Tenuta Castelbuono Sagrantino

Q. Who inspires you and why?

My Kids, life is certainly better with them.

Q. What do you love most about the Barossa?

It’s a great place to raise a family, close enough to the ocean and the people are friendly.

Q. Favourite music

Definitely Rock,  like Powderfinger. 

Q. Favourite book

Any autobiography

Q. Favourite movie

Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure