The seemingly indestructible Peter Lehmann (the person) died in June 2013, laying the seeds for what became the last step in the sale of the minority Lehmann family ownership in the company. The Hess Group of California had acquired control in ’03 (leaving part of the capital with the Lehmann family) but a decade later it became apparent that Hess wished to quit its holding. Various suitors put their case forward but Margaret Lehmann (Peter’s widow) wanted ongoing family, not corporate, ownership. Casella thus was able to make the successful bid in November ’14, followed by the acquisition of Brand’s Laira in December ’15. -JAMES HALLIDAY
Peter Lehmann established the iconic Tanunda-based winery in 1979 to help ensure the livelihood of the Barossa grape growers after a period of hardship in the region; they continue to support over 70 local growers. Today, the historic winery and cellar door offers visitors a glimpse into the Barossa's rich history as well as the opportunity to enjoy premium wines that speak to their origins - the finest vineyards and fruit, the winemaking community and the unique character of the Barossa. The Barossa is made up of several regions and home to a proud and tight-knit winemaking community. Peter Lehmann Winery shares the Barossa community's sense of hospitality and the Cellar Door team love hosting visitors - whether its for a guided tasting with a winemaker or preparing a picnic lunch for them to enjoy on the summer's day on the lawn with friends and family. With a team of friendly staff to greet you, the winery can offer packages and experiences to suite any occasion.
Nigel Westblade, Brett Schutz, Andrew Cockram, Lauren Hutton
Para Road, Tanunda, SA 5352
(08) 8565 9555