History of Penfolds
Arguably Australia’s most renowned producer, Penfolds, was established in 1844 in the Barossa Valley and has played an important role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia. It has a history and heritage that reflects a journey from colonial settlement to modern day.
The stories behind each label bring a timeless quality, and make Penfolds’ wines compelling for collectors around Australia and the world over. Their most coveted wine is the Penfolds Grange from the Barossa Valley with rare vintages achieving high prices at auction and a reputation as the most expensive wines in Australia.
Penfolds’ winemakers, Peter Gago, Steve Lienert and Kym Schroeter, craft premium wines from South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Semillon, Pinot Gris, Fortifieds and more.
Penfolds is owned by Treasury Wine Estates, one of the largest global wine companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).
Penfolds Cellar Doors
You can visit Penfolds at two of their cellar door locations;
Penfolds Magill Estate cellar door
The Magill Estate cellar door is a unique, urban single vineyard located a 15-minute drive from Adelaide’s CBD, and the original home of Penfolds wines that dates back to 1844.
The team at Penfolds have a range of customised experiences for visiting guests, including premium tastings and tours of the historic underground tunnels and Grange cottage, the heritage home of Dr. Christopher and Mary Penfold.
The Magill Estate cellar door has a fine dining restaurant, Magill Estate Restaurant, for lunch and dinner, and casual eatery Magill Estate Kitchen offering brunch and lunch. Both enjoy beautiful views of the vineyard.
Penfolds Barossa Valley cellar door
Penfolds Barossa Valley cellar door is located in the heart of the Barossa Valley, where you can visit and discover the philosophy behind Penfolds greatest wines, right next to the Barossa Valley winery where some of the Penfolds team craft their wines.
A historical location, dating back to 1911, it was built to expand the Penfolds Magill Estate and became the focal point of Penfolds winemaking in the 1970s, as the grapes were sourced from the Barossa Valley and its surrounding areas.
Visitors can experience Penfolds from a winemaking perspective at this location, with hands-on blending classes, and tastings of the world-renowned Grange, and other Penfolds premium wines.