A farmer who knows how to produce wine, lives on a vineyard only 30 minutes outside Launceston and has tussled with a wild animal sounds like the dream catch.
The producers at Channel 7 thought so too when they cast Deviot wine maker Nick in the new season of Farmer Wants A Wife.
The 44-year-old owner of Marion's Vineyard has lived a colourful life. Including building bird aviaries for Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear, being a handler for Hunter S. Thompson on set of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and punching a coyote when it bit his then-girlfriend during a meteor shower viewing.
However, the Tamar Valley farmer said after 27 years in Los Angeles he was ready to return home and take on the family business.
In LA he was used to being behind the camera working in production, but said being in front of them was a little daunting.
"Usually I can take a break from being myself, but I was required to be Nick every single minute of the day," he said.
"It was exhausting but it was a good experience and I learnt a lot about myself."
It was filmed earlier in the year, pre-COVID-19, and he said he went on the show as simply he was a farmer who wanted a wife.
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Eight women from across Australia chose the Tamar Valley farmer in hopes of finding love and Nick said they were all angels.
"They loved the wine," he said.
"Each of them had their own special varietal they liked the best and I made sure that they had enough of their own flavour."
He did get to show them some parts of the state but was unable to divulge specifics. The same can be said for if he did find himself a wife.
"I'm really proud of where I come from and I just wanted people to know about this place and be able to come and visit me here," Nick said.
Another Tasmanian will also feature on the show. Jodie, a 30-year-old service administrator, from Deloraine is one of the women looking for love with New South Wales sheep farmer Harry.
The show premieres on Sunday at 7pm.
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