With Father’s Day this weekend, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to share a little about the generations of men who led us to where we are today. They grew and nurtured the vines growing the grapes we use to this very day to make Irvine wines!
Peter Miles is a fourth-generation Barossa viticulturalist, and learned everything he knows from his father, Brian Miles. Brian worked as vineyard manager at Saltram Estate under Peter Lehmann and then continued to work in the viticulture industry, learning his craft from a variety of local operations for the next 23 years. In 1988 Brian started his harvesting business, Karu Harvesting. and with Peter now at the helm Karu harvesting runs six harvesters and five semi-trailers working throughout Barossa during harvest time.
Peter and John Wade took over Irvine Wines in 2014. And in true Barossa style, both Peter and John’s fathers, Brian Miles and Bob Wade also worked together at the historic Tolley Scott & Tolley in Barossa. In 1993 Brian and Bob went into partnership and planted our Eden Valley vineyard which now produces magnificent grapes for our range of wines. To this day, Peter and John continue to work side by side as business partners in Irvine Wines, managing over 400 acres of premium Barossa and Eden Valley vineyards for Irvine Wines.
John Wade has had many years testing out different food and wine pairings and this Father’s day he’s decided on Osso Bucco lamb shanks: https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/lamb-shanks-osso-buco-style with our Estate Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon: https://irvinewines.com.au/collections/estate-selection/products/estate-barossa-cabernet?variant=32614823198774
Peter has spent years perfecting his viticulture techniques and gaining an understanding of the land like no other. And when it comes to food and wine pairings, he’s got just as many years of experience up his sleeve and can confidently say that, “there is nothing better than a glass of Irvine Wines 2018 Eden Valley Shiraz https://irvinewines.com.au/collections/estate-selection/products/estate-eden-valley-shiraz?variant=42477926473 with a slow cooked beef brisket https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/221043/sensational-slow-cooked-beef-brisket/ on my Traeger grill”. It is safe to say that we trust his judgement!
Four generations of Miles’ family viticulture expertise go into producing every bottle of wine that we sell, and as is in many family businesses, the next generation are beginning to get involved. Like a rite of passage, Ben Miles is learning from his dad and plans to follow in his footsteps, as well as his grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather.
Peter’s son, Ben grew up surrounded by vines (literally), which has ultimately shaped his love of the industry! Growing up, whether it be weekends or school holidays, Ben took every chance he had to get out and help his Dad and Grandpa in the vineyard. He has had brilliant mentors in his dad and grandad, and we can’t wait to see what he goes on to achieve!
We are incredibly grateful for the knowledge that our Irvine Wines’ forefathers have passed on from generation to generation, which has allowed us to create the beautiful wine that we produce today. So, this Sunday, we will be raising a glass of Irvine Wine to celebrate the wonderful dads in our lives and would also like to wish all dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!