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Tuesday 6 November 2018

Stop. I want to get off. Discover the wine-making merry-go-round.

Boutique family-owned Eden Valley wine brands Eden Hall and Stage Door Wine Co have announced the appointment of Philip Lehmann as chief winemaker.

Yes, Phil Lehmann (below), son of the late Peter and until recently chief winemaker at WD Wines, overseeing Parker Coonawarra Estate, Hesketh, Vickery and St John's Road. 

At WD Wines, meanwhile, long-time Petaluma winemaker Andrew Hardy is taking over from Lehmann. 

Eden Hall and Stage Door Wine Co wines were previously made by contract winemakers, Christa Deans and Kym Teusner. 

"We are keen to move the next level," says general manager Graeme Thredgold. "Phil is an outstanding winemaker, lives with his family in the Eden Valley, and importantly shares the Hall family values and philosophies." 

Lehmann will continue to also make wines for his own Max & Me label.  

Fruit for Eden Hall and Stage Door Wine Co is grown in the Hall family’s 33-hectare Boehms Springs Road vineyard in the Eden Valley. 

Lehmann will continue to consult, apparently, to WD Wines. 

Hardy, meanwhile, has 36 years experience making wine in the Barossa, Clare, Adelaide Hills and Coonawarra. He has worked at Knappstein in Clare and at Petaluma, where he has been chief winemaker since 2004. 

Petaluma, part of the Lion Nathan group, has promoted long-serving winemaker Mike Mudge to take Hardy’s place.

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