Young gun, who cut his teeth at Henschke, now going out on his own
- When the pandemic left Josh’s family wines in need of new homes, Angels came to the rescue and scooped them up. His brush with Naked freedom was enough to make him want to stay, and it was a special day when Angels welcomed him to the family for good!
- Josh is a talented winemaker with four generations of Barossa grape-growers blood flowing through his veins. He’s taking a fresh approach to traditional wines, backed by barrels of passion and industry know-how from iconic wineries.
- From growing up on a Penfolds vineyard to working at Henschke and helping put his family winery on the map, it’s no surprise he landed a spot on the Top 50 Young Guns of Wine list - three years in a row. What a rockstar!
Josh Pfeiffer's Story
Josh Pfeiffer had an enviable childhood, growing up on Penfolds Kalimna vineyard in South Australia (his father managed the viticulture for Penfolds, including the Grange vineyards).
Grape growing has been part of the Pfeiffer family since Josh’s great grandfather owned a vineyard in the Riverland region of South Australia. The skills and passion to grow pristine grapes were carefully passed down though the generations to Josh and his brother Sam.
But Josh had his heart set not only on growing the grapes, but on making the wine too. Off he went to study winemaking at Adelaide Uni and buckled down to vintages at Peter Lehmann’s, Yalumba and Two Hands, where his talents attracted an offer of the assistant winemaking job.
When an enviable opportunity as an assistant winemaker later opened up at Henschke, Josh jumped in and nabbed it with both hands! He worked in those hallowed halls for 5 years, soaking up priceless knowledge from Stephen and Prue Henschke.
In July 2013, Josh moved back to the family winery, Whistler Wines, and took over the grape-growing and winemaking. He converted the vineyards over to organic practices later that year and then went biodynamic in 2017.
And he’s done a fantastic job! Whistler Wines was voted one of James Halliday's Dark Horse wineries of 2016 and 'Best Small Cellar Door' in the Barossa by Gourmet Traveller Wine 2020. Josh himself has made it into the Top 50 Young Guns of Wine three years in a row.
If we can help him get properly Naked, you’ll get even more of these fantastic gems - under his own label!