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Single Vineyard Barossa Wines, Barossa Valley

 

PETER SCHOLZ - WINEMAKER AND GRAPEGROWER

Peter Scholz graduated from Australia's premier winemaker training institution, Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1979. He served his "apprenticeship" under the guidance of Peter Lehmann - first at Saltram and later at Peter Lehmann Wines - and worked with luminaries such as Andrew Wigan and Charlie Melton over a 20 year period.

Peter and Michael made the first vintage of The Willows in 1987 and released their first wine in 1989, when the cellar door opened adjacent to the century old Willows hospital.

In 1999 Peter returned to The Willows as full time winemaker. He continues to work with vineyard manager John Bartsch on vineyard improvement and quality management.

     

Michael Scholz

 

MICHAEL SCHOLZ - WINEMAKER

Michael Scholz graduated from Roseworthy College in 1985 and gained winemaking experience in the United States, France and South Africa before returning to California.

He was a winemaker at Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma then Chief Winemaker at St. Supery, Napa Valley for five years. In late 2001 he joined an Australian owned winery, Wattle Creek, in the Alexander Valley,Sonoma where he worked until 2009. Harvest 2009, sees Michael return to St Supery in the Napa Valley.