Andrew Peace Wines
Our winery crushes around 30,000 tonnes annually including fruit for both our own brands and contract customers. Sales of our own brand have grown strongly in many export markets since its launch in 1999 and currently Andrew Peace Wines is listed among Australia’s top 20 wine exporters by volume.
Fruit for the Andrew Peace Wines brands is predominately sourced within the local area with most growers located within an hour’s drive from the winery. Plans are in place to expand the winery to be crushing 50,000 tonnes over the next couple of years.
Our vineyards currently cover 500 hectares and are located at Piangil and Wemen in North Western Victoria and Naracoorte in South Australia's Limestone Coast. The vines have been planted from 1997 and most years since. Irrigation is drip and is fully automated with soil moisture sensing systems installed. Our vineyards currently contribute 13,000 tonnes towards the total crush. Over the next five years the area under vine will at least double with 500ha of vineyards planned on new and existing properties.
We have a chemical testing laboratory which is NATA certified (National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia), where we test our own juice, wines and ferments.
We also have maintenance department where we employ welders and mechanics and we have a logistics department.
Our agriculture business also includes irrigated cropping and livestock. This is expanding with 2,000ha planted to both summer and winter grain crops including hay. Irrigation is subsurface, drip, pivot and flood. Cropping is run in conjunction with our vineyards.
The organisation employs approximately 80 People during vintage, which begins mid-January finishing around early May.
Our combined cellar, winemaking and laboratory staff can be up to 25 people at peak times, but during the off-season is around ten.