Vale Doug Lehmann
30 June 2014
Statement from Peter Lehmann Wines
Doug Lehmann, Deputy Chairman of Peter Lehmann Wines, past Managing Director, and son of founder Peter Lehmann, passed away over the weekend following an apparent heart attack at his Barossa home. He was 62.
A sixth generation Barossan, Doug learnt all facets of winemaking and wine business from his father before forging a successful career of his own.
He joined Peter Lehmann Wines in 1990 to grow the business his father founded in 1979. As Managing Director, he opened markets in Europe and USA, and established Peter Lehmann Wines as one of Australia’s most respected wine producers.
Following his retirement in July 2010, Doug maintained an active role with Peter Lehmann Wines as Non-Executive Deputy Chairman, working closely with his successor, CEO Jeff Bond, on the future direction of the winery.
Jeff Bond said Doug Lehmann epitomised the values of family and community.
“Doug was a team man, and always said it was people that make great wines. With that, he always led by example,” Bond said. “He upheld the legacy of his father, which remains in every aspect of the company today, and will continue to.”
Away from the wine industry Doug was a passionate car enthusiast and fundraiser. He was Chairman of the children’s charity Variety Bash since 2011. As a participant of the Bash over the past 25 years, Doug was consistently in the Top 10 fundraisers; and over his four year tenure as Chairman, more than $5 million was raised.
Doug Lehmann is survived by Ingrid, his wife of 40 years, sons Michael and Harry, and daughter Annika.
Statement from the Barossa Grape & Wine Association
On behalf of the Barossa grape and wine community we wish to acknowledge the enormous contribution Doug made to the region through his various roles, his character and his spirit. He was a former Board member of the Barossa Grape & Wine Association and always gave so willingly of his time and knowledge to further the aspirations of the Barossa. He was a true, self-described, ‘Rock ‘n Roller’, never holding back from having a good time, but always bringing along everyone with him for the ride. He had the great respect of many growers and winemakers for all that he did to celebrate his community and will be sorely missed.