Peter Lehmann was born in 1930 in the small village of Angaston in the Barossa Valley, into the fifth generation of a family of pastors. He was just 14 years old when his father died and by the age of 17 was working as an apprentice winemaker in Yalumba. Over the years that followed, he became one of the most promising red winemakers in Barossa.
In the late 1970s Lehmann founded his own winery in Weighbridge. 60 growers with whom he had longstanding business relationships and their vineyards formed the basis of his production.
Initially, Lehmann only produced a Shiraz, a variety that thrives in the soils of the Barossa Valley. Over time, however, “little black jewels” emerged: vineyards that are in a class of their own. These continue to provide the grapes for the world-beating Shiraz Stonewell, while individual vineyards of the winegrowers affiliated with the business are brought together under the name VSV – Very Special Vineyards.
Peter Lehmann stepped back from active involvement in the business in 2002 and in 2009 received the International Wine Challenge Lifetime Achievement Award. Meanwhile, the winery that bears his name remains an icon of Australia's wine scene.