Peter McGlashan brings a lifetime of diverse experiences to his role as Head Winemaker at ridgemill estate.
As a youngster, Peter planned on being a motor mechanic, but he soon veered into hospitality, working at hotels and clubs around Queensland before moving to the Granite Belt with his wife, Deb. In his spare time, Peter lent a hand in local vineyards, leading to jobs in a vineyard and a cellar door.
When Martin was looking for a someone to manage the cellar door, vineyard and winery at the newly established ridgemill estate in 2004, he approached Peter, who agreed to, “have a crack at it.” For 14 years he has made wines in styles as diverse as sparkling, crisp and aromatic white, smooth and textured white, rosé, dessert wines and reds ranging from lighter styles such as pinot noir (crushing with his own feet) through to more full-bodied, longer ageing varieties.
While loving the character of rich fruit in Australian wines, Peter also admires the style and balance of old world wines. His winemaking philosophy is a hybrid of the two styles – wines with Australian fresh fruit flavours perfected with European structure and finesse. While undertaking a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Southern Queensland, Peter has produced countless award-winning wines for ridgemill estate.
Ridgemill estate’s Chardonnays in particular have received accolades at international and national events, winning gold at the International Chardonnay Challenge in Gisborne, New Zealand; receiving a gold medal at the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge; trophy for Champion White Wine (all categories of the Show) at the Australian Small Winemakers Show in 2015 and more recently gold at the First World Saperavi Prize in Tablisi, Georgia.
Peter along with Jim Barnes, was instrumental in establishing the Strangebird Alternative Wine trail, which highlights 25 lesser known varieties of wines grown in the Granite Belt. “I think wine drinkers are a bit adventurous now; they like the story behind the alternative varieties and it’s educational as well.”
I think I’m reliving my childhood as a winemaker because it lets me be quirky and creative and use my senses, which is my forte.