PJ was an early convert to the magic of winemaking. At the tender age of thirteen he learnt how to prune grape vines and worked harvest (after school) at Vilagrad Wines in the Waikato, New Zealand. Spending weekends and holidays working his way through vineyard to winery the decision was made to carve a career in wine. In 1988 he enrolled at Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia studying Oenology.
PJ spent his early winemaking years travelling the world working with many influential winemakers at wineries such as Lindemans in the Hunter Valley, Rouge Homme in Coonawarra, Knappstein in the Care Valley, Adelsheim Vineyard in Oregon, Flowers in California and Paul Jaboulet in the Rhone Valley.
PJ returned to Australia choosing to work with wine brands such as Lindemans in Mildura and the Penfolds in the Barossa to help further expand his knowledge and understanding of the great regional and sub-regional diversity of the Australian Wine Industry.
In 1999 PJ was appointed winemaker at Brokenwood Wines in the Hunter Valley. In his 12 years at Brokenwood PJ earned an outstanding reputation not only as one of Australia’s leading winemakers, producing award winning wines, but also as a highly regarded spokesperson for not only Brokenwood Wines and the Hunter Valley but the Australian wine industry.
PJ’s knowledge and palate have seen his involvement in the show system as a senior wine show judge for over 20 years with experience across both regional and capital city wine shows. PJ is currently the Chairman of Judges for the Hunter Valley Wine Show, The Royal Queensland Wine Show and the NSW Wine Awards. He has also worked closely as a spokesperson for Wine Australia on the international stage.
Today PJ runs Charteris Wine Consulting and his own small label, Charteris Wines from Bannockburn, Central Otago New Zealand.