David Franz Lehmann Wines
When I finally came home to the Barossa, the desire to make wine was burning bright. Peter (my father) in his wisdom set me to work as a labourer in our vineyards. As he put it, “first you have to understand where wine is really made”. Through experience and great mentors, my knowledge and passion for our vines has grown. I now manage the family’s Stelzer and Stonewell Hill vineyards (around 75 acres). Carte blanche in the vineyards has allowed for a focus on producing fruit of the highest quality, without compromising for the sake of yields. In real terms it means that I produce my wines from the vine to the bottle. Pruning is where the journey starts, not just when the grapes are picked and arrive at the winery.