Sp­ida weaves his magic

TV host’s ap­proach­able style makes lo­cal win­ery own­ers feel at ease

Isis Town and Country - - News - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

RE­LAX­ING AT­MOS­PHERE: Peter Everitt from The Great Aus­tralian Doorstep with Sue and Tony Bri­er­ley at Bri­er­ley Wines near Childers.

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