AT A GLANCE:
Position: No 13
Name of wine estate: Penfolds Magill Estate
Wine region: Adelaide Hills
Standout points: The creator of the hallowed Grange
Winemaker: Peter Gago
Wine style: Multi-vineyard, multi-district blends, with Shiraz at its core
The star attraction
This is where it all started. Grange. A name that resonates as powerfully as any in the wine world. Magill Estate, nestled in the Adelaide foothills, is where the late Max Schubert first conceived of and produced this now legendary Shiraz in 1951. The ultimate expression of Penfolds’ multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy, with an unbroken line of vintages stretching back to the experimental 1951 – all of which are lovingly stored in a hushed recess deep within the century-old Magill Estate cellar.
A Grange pilgrimage
If you are a Penfolds fan, it’s not even up for debate: you must visit the Magill Estate. Even if you don’t count yourself among the Grange-adoring aficionados, this is a place where you can be assured of the most rewarding and engaging wine visitor experience imaginable. The Magill Estate Cellar Door offers a selection of wine tastings and experiences every day of the week, while a wide range of experiences now feature the recently redeveloped ‘Drives’ (tunnels) that showcase the original resting spot of Max Schubert’s ‘hidden’ Grange.
The ultimate Penfolds experience
Cheaper options are available but should you want to delve deep, it is assuredly worth paying for the appropriately named ‘Ultimate Experience’, which will leave you with the kind of lasting memories such places should provide. Begin your tour at the original Grange Cottage, the home of Penfolds founders Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold, built in 1844. From there, explore the vineyard and discover the hallowed underground cellars on a journey to the heart of the original winery. This enchanting tour culminates with a tasting of a selection of Penfolds’ most coveted wines – including the legendary Grange.
Wine and dine
Dining at the Magill Estate Kitchen, with its breathtaking views of the historic Penfolds vineyard and Adelaide city, is highly recommended. Fantastic food and service are complemented by a cellar boasting an unrivalled collection of wines. With talented chef Scott Huggins at the helm, this is genuinely one of South Australia’s finest food and wine experiences – as befits the most famous name in Australia wine.