Meet the makers

Nick Badrice – Chief Winemaker Dorrien Estate

Chief Winemaker at 5 Star James Halliday-rated winery Dorrien Estate, located in the heart of the Barossa Valley.

To stay on top of the game, you have to stay passionate – as Nick Badrice can attest. “That moment when you open the Barrel Room door and you’re hit by the smell of wood and wine – that reminds me every day why it’s a really great job,”

Following study at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and a winemaking stint in Spain, Nick Badrice’s winemaking career began as a cellar hand at Leo Buring. A year later he joined Dorrien Estate in the Barossa Valley where he has worked his way up to being chief winemaker – he’s now in charge of a team of seven winemakers!  

With a mission “to make wines that are true to the vineyard site from where the grapes grew,” Nick Badrice is the man behind some of the Barossa’s most exciting wines.

Krondorf in the Barossa

Nick’s favourite wine moment

“Tasting my first ever Garnacha at an outside bar in Priorat while working a vintage in Spain. It was great, it made sense, and whenever I taste a good Grenache now it always reminds me of that time.”

Nick Badrice

Nick’s winemaking philosophy

1. Respect (for all the stages, from grape to bottle).

2. Attention to detail.

3. Patience.

“To respect the wine with attention to detail and patience is key – from the grape to the bottle.”