Peter Dredge

Gold Ve­loc­ity Fre­quent Flyer mem­ber and wine­maker at Dr Edge wines.

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What do you love about your job? Wine­mak­ing, for me, is the per­fect mix of science (from botany through to fer­men­ta­tion ki­net­ics), man­ual labour (rolling bar­rels, swim­ming nude in red grape fer­ments) and spend­ing time work­ing out­doors in the vine­yard. It’s a far cry from an of­fice job and there’s al­ways a glass of wine around at the end of the day if re­quired. Where was the last place you flew for busi­ness? Port­land, Ore­gon, just out­side of the Wil­lamette Val­ley, where I worked with friends in winer­ies there. How do you pass the time while you’re in the air? On do­mes­tic trips I spend my time day­dream­ing with mu­sic play­ing; for long hauls I branch out to movies and nov­els. Chat­ting with your neigh­bour is great too. Ev­ery­one’s so ex­cited about where they’ve been or where they’re headed. What’s your all-time favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion? Ver­bier in Switzer­land. Whether its sum­mer for moun­tain hik­ing or win­ter for ski­ing, the sur­rounds and peo­ple there are the best. Es­pe­cially if one likes to party or ‘heave on’, as they say in the Alps. What do you never travel with­out?

De­cent head­phones. What’s your top

travel tip? Don’t over-pack, if you have your credit card and pass­port you’re pretty much cov­ered in case of an emer­gency, so just re­lax. Also, we’re all get­ting off the plane at the same time so don’t stand up and get flus­tered about get­ting off. Where are you

head­ing next? Ade­laide for The Hot 100 Wines South Aus­tralia; I’m the head judge. Pour­ing, talk­ing and drink­ing wines — I can’t re­mem­ber if it’s for busi­ness or plea­sure.

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