Spida weaves his magic
TV host’s approachable style makes local winery owners feel at ease
IT IS not every day a “spider” can walk into your office and you are happy to see it.
That unique situation faced Tony and Sue Brierley last Friday when former AFL star-turned-television presenter Peter “Spida” Everitt visited Brierley Wines.
Mr Everitt visited the South Isis winery to film an episode of The Great Australian Doorstep, which will highlight one of Childers’ best wineries.
While many people can be unnerved by the celebrity factor, Mr Everitt’s casual, approachable style made the Brierleys feel comfortable from the start.
“We got on really well with him,” Mrs Brierley said.
“There were a few nerves to start but he rocked up in shorts and thongs and it felt like we were old friends very quickly.”
The former St Kilda, Hawthorn and Sydney Swans ruckman sampled several wines and gorged on some of the Brierleys’ gourmet pizzas as a storm rolled into town.
“Rain came in sideways but everything was fine,” Mrs Brierley said.
“It was really good. It will do great things for the winery as well as the rest of the area.”
It is understood he also visited Flying High Bird Sanctuary.
Mrs Brierley said the episode should be broadcast in May.
RELAXING ATMOSPHERE: Peter Everitt from The Great Australian Doorstep with Sue and Tony Brierley at Brierley Wines near Childers.