For most people, the PENFOLDS experience begins and ends with the bottle that they open. A lucky few, however, find themselves in Adelaide, South Australia. If you are amongst these, then please do take the time to visit either or both of our wineries: at Magill, just fifteen minutes drive from downtown Adelaide; or Nuriootpa in the heart of the Barossa Valley.
PENFOLDS draws fruit from a combined vineyard area of 618 hectares (1526.5 acres) in the Barossa region. It owns several of its own vineyards, but also purchases fruit from independent growers.
In 1911 PENFOLDS established a winery at Nuriootpa. It relied entirely on independently grown fruit in the Barossa for the production of fortified wines.The move towards table wine production resulted in a vineyard acquisition and replanting programme during the 1940s and 1950s.
From its generous terroir, the Barossa Valley produces wines of medium to full body, with deep colour and dark, red and rich fruit aromas. The region is rich in history, dating back to the 1840s when early English settlers financed the immigration of German Lutheran farmers who were suffering oppression under King Frederick III. The first German families arrived between 1842 and 1847 and planted a number of the region's first vines and constructed some of the first wineries
For those lucky enough to find themselves in Adelaide, South Australia it is a perfect chance to experience all the region has to offer. Located just about an hour's drive north east of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is arguably the centre of the Australian wine industry, and home to a large number of historic wineries as well as an eclectic mix of internationally known boutique operations.
In the Barossa Valley you will find Australia's greatest old vine treasures, notably Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon.
+ Thomas Hyland
+ Koonunga Hill
+ Rawson's Retreat