From cellar hand to award-winning winemaker.
Growing up in Tanunda in the Barossa Valley, wine flows through Nick Badrice’s veins. After graduating from a local high school, his wine career began as a cellar hand at Leo Buring Wines in 1987, before starting with Dorrien Estate at our conception in 1988.
With a developing passion for winemaking, Nick undertook a degree in Wine Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. During this time, he continued to grow with Dorrien, rising through the ranks to become the Cellar Supervisor and Manager, Assistant Winemaker, and finally, Winemaker. Now 30 years on, he leads the Dorrien Estate winemaking team.
One of Nick’s many career highlights include working three vintages at Bodegas Borsao, situated in the DO wine region of Campo de Borja in Spain. The Tres Picos wine project that Nick worked on became a hugely successful, award-winning wine brand. This winery was most famously named by prominent wine critic Robert Parker as his “favourite value winery, not only in Spain but in the world” (Wine Advocate #226 August 2016).
We’re 30 years young, but we have more than 130 years of combined experience. We have a diverse team of passionate growers and winemakers, including some 5th generation producers. This combined experience means we know a thing or two about turning high quality grapes into wine you want to drink!
With premium fruit from the best regions across the country, coupled with the expertise and experience of our team, every bottle of Dorrien Estate is crafted to bring you the best of modern Australian winemaking.