40 Years Ago...
Vintage 2013 sees Chris working his 40th vintage. Jen, Chris and I were talking the other evening about how difficult it is for young winemakers these days to learn about making fortified wines. I made the comment that it wasn’t impossible, as Jen had learnt how to make them. Jen replied “yes but I had Dad as my mentor”.
This is true, for Jen began her passion and love of these wines back in 2000 when she first came home to make wine. Since then she has added a few other winemakers to her “pfavourite” list of wine mentors, namely David Morris, James Godfrey and David Guimaraens who Jen worked for in Portugal. Anyhow, back to Chris. As a veteran of the wine industry, Chris has had the privilege to work under and work alongside some of the “greats” of the Australian wine industry. These people mentored Chris and Chris in turn has not only mentored Jen but many others who have had contact with Chris over the last 40 years.
Where it all began...
1974 - Lindemans Cellar Corowa. Chris's "pfirst" stomping ground as a winemaker.
Always generous to share his knowledge and love of his craft, he will continue to do so at the Taste Of Rutherglen 2013 festival this year, when we will have our last Taste Of Rutherglen dinner on our bridge with Leigh and Jeanie Hall as our caterers. They are retiring after this, their final swan song. I often talk to Chris about retiring too but I think he loves this industry more than the idea of retiring. We will all celebrate Chris's passion on both Saturday evenings at the 40 Years Celebration Dinner and on both Sunday mornings at the Chris Pfeiffer Masterclass where Chris will show you the 8 best wines he has ever made…now I want to come to that!!
Read the rest of Robyn's 2013 Autumn Dear Pfriends Letter