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The first name that comes to mind when you think of Australian wine. The Penfolds tradition, and place in history, rests with a doctor who tended his vineyards as judiciously as his patients.

Penfolds was founded by a young English doctor who migrated to Australia a century and a half ago. Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold was born in 1811, and studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, graduating in 1838. Before he left Britain he had obtained vine cuttings from the south of France and these were planted around the site of the modest stone cottage he built with his wife, Mary, at Magill on the outskirts of Adelaide in 1845. The couple called this house The Grange, after Mary's home in England.
South Australia
Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay
Magill Estate Cellar Door: Daily: 09:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Peter Gago

Born in Newcastle, England, Peter Gago and his family moved to Australia when he was six, settling in the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, Victoria. After completing a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne, Peter launched his career as a chemistry and mathematics teacher before succumbing to a long held interest in wine, often referred to as ‘the grip of the grape’ which saw Peter relocate to Adelaide and complete a Bachelor of Applied Science (Oenology) at Roseworthy College. After graduating as dux, Peter joined the winemaking team at Penfolds in 1989, initially in the craftsmanship of sparkling wines, before moving on to reds where he entered the role of Penfolds Red Wine Oenologist. With a natural affinity and passion for winemaking, Peter quickly became an integral part of the winemaking team and in 2002 he succeeded John Duval as Penfolds Chief Winemaker. Engaging and energetic, Peter has a dedication that is unsurpassed. He spends the first, and most important, half of the year labouring from winery to vineyard, ensuring that Penfolds viticultural practices are world-class, and understanding the nuances of each vineyard and region. Post vintage, he enthusiastically embarks on his other role as an ambassador and natural educator. As only the fourth custodian of Grange, Peter is in high demand internationally and he relishes bringing Penfolds wines to the world. The exposure keeps him sharp, enthused and well-versed in world wine styles. Together with his fellow winemakers, Peter’s careful custodianship has ensured that Grange, and the other ‘older’ members of the Penfolds family, have continued to set the benchmark for their style and quality, while new additions to the range push the boundaries ever wider. Celebrated by the wine fraternity for shining a spotlight on the successes of Australian wine, in 2012 Peter received the ‘Winemaker’s Winemaker’ award, presented by the Institute of the Masters of Wine and UK industry publication -The Drinks Business.


Volume | 750ml

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