The growth of the Penfolds brand can be measured alongside the growth of Australia as a nation, from a colonial settlement to the modern powerhouse it is today.
By European standards, Australia’s wine industry is still in its infancy but Penfolds is a name that resonates through antipodean winemaking and has elevated it onto the world stage, a place where it rightly sits.
The Barossa Valley Cellar Door was built in 1911 and is a 90-minute drive north of Adelaide. A visit to the winery makes for a unique experience and it gives you a rare insight into the manufacturing process that has put Penfolds at the top of South Australia’s winemaking tree.
Of course no trip to a winery is complete without tasting the spectacular wines they are world-famous for including the Grange premium wines as well as having the opportunity to make your own blend.
In the Wine-Maker’s Laboratory, the artisan wine makers will regale you with stories of South Australia’s rich winemaking past before you create your own Grenache, Shiraz or Mourvedre with fruit from the Barossa Valley and leave with a bottle labelled ‘Assistant Wine-Maker’.