PROMINENT South Australian businessman and Barossa Valley identity Doug Lehmann, 63, died suddenly yesterday.
The sixth generation Barossa Valley local and eldest son of the late Peter Lehmann had worked in the wine industry since the early ’70s and retired in 2010, retaining a role as non-executive deputy chairman on the Peter Lehmann Wines Board.
Doug’s other passion, the children’s charity VarietySA, had become his post-retirement focus.
He was the Variety Bash chairman and had recently received an international honour.
“It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of one of our great Variety family members and Bash Chairman Mr Doug Lehmann,” the charity’s chairman Ron Barton said today.
“Doug suffered a major heart attack and passed away Sunday.
“There is so much to share with you about Doug and his history with Variety and we will expand on those remarkable achievements another time but for now we just wanted to share this devastating news with you.”
Born into a winemaking family, Doug started his own career in the industry in the cellar at Saltram Wines.
He took up the position of winemaker and manager at Basedow Wines in 1977, spending 14 years at the Tanunda-based company.
Doug was appointed managing director of Peter Lehmann Wines in 1993, a position he relished for more than 15 years until retirement in July 2010.
Away from the wine industry Doug was a passionate motor car enthusiast and charity fundraiser and had been a long time supporter of the Variety Bash.
Peter Lehmann died almost exactly a year ago at the age of 82.
Original article: http://indaily.com.au/news/2014/06/30/barossa-legend-dies-suddenly/