The Dodgy Brothers
Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Wes’s career in wine began in 1992 when he spent the winter season snowboarding in the town of Whistler, BC. In order to keep his days free to ride, he found a job at a local steakhouse, thus igniting a love of food and wine.
Thirteen years later, having worked in most of Whistler’s top restaurants, he enrolled in the University of British Columbia’s new wine biochemistry program. While studying full time, Wes also worked whenever possible at Tantalus Vineyards with Aussie winemaker, and Riesling and Pinot Noir guru, Matt Holmes. After graduating in 2008, Wes was offered a prestigious position as an intern oenologist at the “Super Second” 2eme Cru Classé Château Léoville Las Cases in St. Julien, Bordeaux. He then moved to McLaren Vale and in 2011 accepted a position with the Australian Wine Research Institute, where he still works as a Senior Sensory Scientist.
Wes is an accomplished wine show judge, an alumnus of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial, and is currently enrolled in a PhD project at Charles Sturt University. Along with wife Brenda, daughter Brice and son Tanner, Wes resides in Willunga; he loves to ride boards (skate, surf and snow), is an accomplished ice hockey player and welcomes any opportunity to hustle you on the golf course.
Peter Bolte and his family have had a very close affinity with the land in the McLaren Vale district for more than 170 years, with his ancestors arriving in South Australia on the “HMS Buffalo” in 1836. By the early 1840s they had taken up land in Aldinga, and continue to farm the land to this day.
With farming coursing through his veins, Peter took up viticulture as a 15-year-old in 1977 and he has now completed 42 vintages as a Viticulturist in the McLaren Vale wine region. During this period, Peter has identified vineyards that consistently grow the best parcels of fruit in McLaren Vale and, as the original Dodgy Brother, is proud to share this wonderful fruit with you.
Peter is a passionate believer in the McLaren Vale wine region, and is adamant the best Australian wines hail from this area bordered by hills and the sea, south of Adelaide.
This belief led Peter to plant vines on his McLaren Vale property in 2001.
The vineyard has since supplied fruit to some of the region’s leading wine companies.
After discussions with a couple of mates, who happened to share his love of wine and laconic sense of humour, Peter joined Dodgy Brothers, supplying his fruit for the Dodgy Brothers Bordeaux blend of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc & Merlot.