Yangarra People

Peter Fraser

Winemaker and General Manager

Peter Fraser has been the winemaker and driving force behind Yangarra Estate Vineyard since 2000. With a sensitive approach to winemaking, Peter believes attention to detail is essential at every step of farming and making wine. His approach relies on observing, questioning and responding to the nuances of each vintage, yielding honest and confident wines of provenance. Peter’s near obsession with texture and purity drives decisions in the vineyard and innovation in the winery, evidenced by his experimentation with stone and ceramic vessels for fermentation and aging.

Peter is a scholar of the Len Evans Tutorial and is actively involved in regional and state wine shows around Australia, holding the position of panel chair and judge.

Recognized for his leadership with Grenache and Shiraz, he has been nominated and awarded “Winemaker of the Year” by global wine publications, including Halliday Wine Companion (2015), Gourmet Traveller Wine (2017), and Wine Enthusiast (2018).

“At Yangarra, Peter Fraser is consistently producing some of Australia’s finest Grenache and Shiraz wines. He is a brilliant specialist with Southern Rhône varieties and almost everything he touches is gold." – Andrew Caillard, MW

Summary of Major Accolades:

2018 - Finalist - Wine Enthusiast magazine (USA) wine star awards, “Winemaker of the Year”

2017 – Finalist - Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine “Winemaker of the Year”

2015- James Halliday Wine Companion, 2016 “Winemaker of the Year”

Michael Lane

Vineyard Manager

Michael has been the vineyard manager at Yangarra since 2000. With a background in horticulture, Michael was instrumental in moving Yangarra from sustainable to organic and biodynamic farming practices beginning in 2008, and through this process, has helped to improve soil health, wine quality and deepen the connection between the wines and the land.

As a respected leader in McLaren Vale’s viticulture community, Michael is a member of the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Advisory Group, previously the chair of the McLaren Vale Crop Watch Committee, and former chair of the McLaren Vale Growers Development Group.

“These techniques give our wines a better chance to reflect their particular sites. They are more individual and more expressive of their location".

“It’s better: better for the land and better for the people who no longer have to handle those old chemicals.”