Angela’s family connection to Peter Lehmann begins with her father, Wes Schilling, who worked for an excavation company and was heavily involved with building the Peter Lehmann winery. Angela has fond memories of playing amongst the tanks whilst her father attended one of Peter Lehmann’s famous BBQ’s.
The connection continued when Angela married Ralph Schrapel. Ralph’s father and Peter Lehmann were close friends for over 50 years and the Schrapel family have been a key fruit supplier since the winery’s very first vintage.
The Schrapel family vineyard is in the Ebenezer district located in the Northern most reaches of the Barossa. This fruit often is selected for the award winning Stonewell Shiraz, and a small patch of the vineyard with Shiraz vines planted by Ralph’s great-great-great grandfather in 1885, makes the highly regarded Very Special Vineyard 1885 wine.
The Schrapel’s strong work ethic, passion and dedication has been passed down through the generations, with the family still very involved in the Peter Lehmann winery. Angela works full time in the Cellar and can be found in the family vineyard on weekends. Her daughter Gemma has worked alongside her as a cellar hand for the last 2 vintages while her son, Sean, works on the farm with his father Ralf, and the help of the family’s cute Labrador Turbo.
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