Welcome to our series of interviews with Barossans, this week we catch up with Ian Hongell, Head Winemaker at Peter Lehmann Wines.

1.   What would you like to do if you weren’t working in the wine industry?
I think I would shift to food. Italian. Coffee, cheese, meats. (maybe some wine).

2.   What do you love most about your job and why? There is very positive energy in winemaking.
It’s a creative, intuitive role that activates all your senses.

3.   What was your first car?
A 1971 VW superbug, it now sits in a mates shed in Bethany.

4.   What grape variety or wine style most interests you at the moment?
Shiraz is so important and we are creating more interpretations of the style each year.

4.   What are you listening too at the moment?
I love listening to the cricket on the radio.

6.   What is your favourite dish to cook?
Chinese style foods always make me happy.

7.   What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Adventure Holidays with my family.

8.   When you’re not working what do you like to do?
Be active outdoors and entertain friends at home.

9.   What is your greatest extravagance?

10.   What are you reading at the moment?
Twitter, the world is at your fingertips.

11.   What is your favourite city/country to visit and why?
Favourite city is New York; Just unbelievable. Favourite county; Italy, I feel very at home.

12.   What is the most memorable wine/s you have tried?
Tasting Chateau d’Yquem ferments in barrel was pretty special.

13.   Who are your heroes in real life?
Parents are pretty special people.

14.   What are your top 3 Barossa tips?
Get warm bread at Apex bakery before they open.
Share a moment under a vine and watch the colours change at dusk.
Drink a bottle of wine you wouldn’t normally afford.

15.   What would be your chosen superpower?

16.   If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
I think to meet some past relatives would be really interesting.

17.   If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
Fishing gear, A bottle of Riesling and a large boat.

18.   If you died and came back as a person or thing, what would it be?
I think an F1 driver would be quite the ride.

19.   What makes the Barossa special to you?
I always like the view as you come into the Barossa. You know its special. I grew up here and now my family has been raised here. It’s  full of friends. I live in a region that sustains my passion for winemaking through the quality of the grapes grown in this very place.

20.   What is your motto?
We make our own luck.


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