Meet Our Myrtleford Cellar Door Manager
Pizza and wine – a classic pairing, right? That certainly turned out to be the case when Peter Nannipieri teamed up with Billy Button Chief Winemaker and Owner Jo Marsh. Before joining the Billy Button team, Peter rented a space jointly with Jo. Here, she ran the first incarnation of the Billy Button Wines cellar door, and Peter ran a pizza shop. They also both worked at Feathertop Winery together.
In 2018, Peter officially came onboard at Billy Button and is the Cellar Door Manager at our Myrtleford cellar door. There, he’s a man of many hats. “I spend most of my days tending to the day-to-day running of the business,” he says. “It’s a great working environment, and there’s a wide range of things I do. Among them are managing cellar door sales and operations, picking grapes, carting and crushing, bottling, barrel cleaning, racking and plunging, packing wine club orders and making local deliveries, and helping with festivals and wine dinners. There’s always something interesting going on!”
Peter has a background in photography, having completed a Bachelor of Art in Photography at RMIT University in 1996. However, he’s been in the wine industry since 2006 and has worked at Gapsted Wines, Feathertop Winery and Mayford Wines.
With his wine industry experience and some encouragement along the way, Peter has even tried his hand at winemaking himself. “Jo is so supportive. In the past, with her help and that of Eleana Anderson at Mayford Wines, I’ve even made my own wine for family and friends,” he says.
So, which Billy Button wine will you find in Peter’s glass? “‘The Delinquent’ Verduzzo is currently my favourite Billy Button wine,” he says. “It has had skin contact and is big, bold, luscious and quite textural – an excellent food wine!”
Peter’s Other Interests
When he’s not ticking off his Billy Button to-do list, Peter has lots of other interests to keep him busy. “I love the great outdoors – particularly four-wheel-drive adventures, bushwalking and fishing,” he says. “I also love reading – Australia’s own Tim Winton is my favourite author.”
He’s also about to embark on a car-restoration project with his two teenage sons. “It’s a 1981 Californian Mini Moke that my grandfather purchased new. It has done only 65,000 kilometres and was my first car,” Peter says.
Come to Myrtleford in person and meet Pete and the rest of the Billy Button team. Wines are available for tastings, by the glass or for bottle purchases. It’s a great opportunity to taste some of our Billy Button wines, alongside some of the wines from Bush Track. Team your tasting with a cheese platter and other gourmet goods from local producers, including The Peaks Artisan Cheesemakers. (You can also taste our full varietal range at our other cellar door in Bright.) It’s a great way to enjoy some of the region’s best wines, and we think it’s one of the best things to do in Myrtleford. Make a booking today!