AboutPete began winemaking as part of his honours thesis, looking at colour extraction in Pinot Noir wines in the new cool-climate region of Canterbury, New Zealand in 1981. He then spent a couple of years in France working as assistant oenologist for A. Moueix et Fils in Libourne, owner of Château Fonplegade in St Emilion and Château Moulinet in Pomerol, among others.
His next three years were spent at Roseworthy College, completing a graduate diploma in 1988. During this time Pete worked the 1987 vintage with Adam Wynn at Mountadam, then with Gerry Sissingh at Lindemans, John Vickery at Leo Buring and Andrew Pirie at Pipers Brook in 1988.
Pete was appointed winemaker at Wynns Coonawarra in 1989, where he worked with Peter Douglas until 1995. He also did vintages as a flying winemaker for Penfolds in Russia (1993), for the Laperouse project in the South of France (1994). He joined Balnaves in 1995 to design and oversee construction of the winery and take over winemaking. Ten years later Pete was named the Qantas/Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year.