Penfolds has long been cherished by wine-lovers the world over.
Founded in 1844 by a young English doctor, Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold, vine cuttings from the south of France were planted around the site of the modest stone cottage he built with his wife Mary at Magill, on the outskirts of Adelaide.
Following Dr Penfold’s death in 1870, the vineyards and winery continued to be very capably run by Mary, who had been fundamental in their establishment and development from the very beginning. After her death, full responsibility for the continued success of the company was passed to her daughter and son-in-law Georgina and Thomas Hyland – and then eventually passed on to their two sons and two daughters.
Penfolds continues to innovate in winemaking. The Yattarna project of the 1990s has led to an expansion of the white wine portfolio of Penfolds. Two white wines now sit proudly in the Bin range – Bin 311 Chardonnay and Bin 51 Riesling – and a Semillon Sauvignon Blanc joined the Koonunga Hill range.
In 2004, Penfolds released two Special Bin wines – Kalimna Block 42 and Bin 60A, offering these unique wines to wine-lovers en primeur. The Thomas Hyland range adopted the Adelaide appellation and launched two new wines, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Riesling.
Sourcing the Penfolds Thomas Hyland wines from the Adelaide winegrowing region showcases the finest wines that the Adelaide region can produce from the only winery that truly calls Adelaide home.
Thirty years after the inaugural vintage of Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet, Penfolds released Koonunga Hill Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet from the 2006 vintage as an homage to the original wine.
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