Wine Region: South Australia
Size: 5.34 hectares
Grapes: Shiraz grapes
Owner / Winemaker: Peter Gago
Visits: Daily from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
Penfolds was founded in Adelaide in 1844 by Christopher Rawson Penfold, an English physician who emigrated to Australia, and his wife Mary Penfold. It is one of Australia’s oldest wineries, and is currently part of Treasury Wine Estates.
Penfolds vineyards are located primarily in South Australia on prime land throughout the state’s renowned viticultural regions. Throughout its history, Penfolds has owned and leased vineyards in addition to sourcing grapes from independent growers.
The single-vineyard Magill Estate Shiraz is intrinsically linked to Penfolds beginnings. Sourced from the original Magill vineyard on the edge of Adelaide’s eastern suburbs. This strategy reflects the tradition of multi-vineyard and multi-regional sourcing first introduced in the 1860s. This allows for a consistency of style and quality across vintages, of which Penfolds is renowned for.
Magill Estate is intrinsically linked to Penfolds beginnings and is the location of the winery’s ‘spiritual home’, first established in 1844. A single vineyard monopole, Magill Estate is one of the world’s few urban vineyards, located only 15 minutes from the Adelaide CBD. The vineyard is 100% shiraz and fruit from the vineyard contributes to Magill Estate Shiraz, with select parcels also being submitted to Penfolds flagship, Grange, in chosen vintages.
Grapes from the vineyard are crushed, fermented and matured on-site at the original winery. Magill Estate Shiraz is a contemporary wine, crafted the original way: hand-picked, vinified in open fermenters and then basket pressed to complete fermentation in both French and American oak barrels.
Magill Estate Cellar Door, fine dining Restaurant and Kitchen offers serene views of Penfolds first vineyard. It’s located just 8 km from Adelaide CBD in the sheltered haunches of the Mounty Lofty Ranges, making it one of the world’s few urban single vineyards.