Young gun, who cut his teeth at Henschke, now going out on his own
- Josh is a talented young 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 like Henschke!
- He earned a spot in the Top 50 Young Guns of Wine list three years in a row and helped grow his family winery - Whistler Wines - into a Halliday 2016 Dark Horse winery and 'Best Small Cellar Door' in the Barossa from Gourmet Traveller Wine.
- Josh’s first wines for us are his Whistler Wines. If we can help him get properly Naked, you’ll get even more of these fantastic gems - under his own label!
Map of the Vineyard
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!
Josh 's Archangels
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