Leading Australian Wine into the Modern Era: Penfolds
Penfolds has been awarded perfect 100 rating scores for their iconic Grange series.
Jun. 2020Written by Kyle TrompeterPhotography provided by Penfolds
“1844 to evermore!”
It’s a catchphrase that isn’t just Penfolds’ slogan for its longstanding history as Australia’s premier producer of fine wine. It also captures the brand’s original purpose, which was administering wine as a tonic for anemic patients, giving new life and energy to those who needed it.
By the 1860s, the winery, founded by Christopher and Mary Penfolds, graduated from making medicinal wines to producing the finest wines in Australia, and when it comes to winemaking Down Under, Penfolds has been the ideal to strive towards ever since.
Penfolds is most famous for their iconic Grange series, first poured in 1951 by Max Schubert, the first Chief Winemaker in the history of Penfolds. In 2016, the current Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago, told us, “No two Granges are the same.”
No two Granges are the same.
- Peter Gago, Chief Winemaker
Over the years, the Granges have landed the industry’s top honors, achieving a perfect score of 100 points by a variety of the most influential publications in wine.
Oddly enough, the story of the Grange nearly sank shortly after it launched in the ’50s. Penfolds’ management pressured Schubert to shut down his passion project after initial reviews of the grapes were subpar, so he did — or so they thought.
Schubert continued to make the wine in secret, and for years, hid his Grange barrels and bottled wines behind a fake wall at the winery until the juice was near perfect. The board of directors finally stumbled upon this venture in 1960, and upon realizing the quality of the wines was immaculate, they brought the Grange back into their regular rotation. And the rest is history.
Join us on a one-of-a-kind, virtual tour through the rich history of Penfolds and experience why they’ve set an unreachably high bar when it comes to fine wines from Australia.
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