Penfolds Grange HistoryView Timeline
When creating the first Grange, Max Schubert, Chief Winemaker from 1948 to 1975, set out to produce a big, full-bodied wine that contained all of the components in the grape material used. Although the 1951 vintage (which was never commercially released) was moderately successful, it did not fully reflect his ambitions for the wine.
The Penfolds Grange began as an experiment, however the unbroken line of vintages demonstrate the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and warm climate of South Australia, which judging by its success today, lend themselves to delivering a consistently ripe style of wine. The best shiraz grapes are chosen from vineyards all over the region, some of which are well over 100 years in age and are considered amongst the oldest in the world.
The Grange has always been a Shiraz, except for the 1953 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was produced in addition to the original vintage. This is now considered to be an extremely rare wine which is now part of Le Clos’ complete Penfolds Grange collection.
The story of the Penfolds Grange is one of personal triumph and extraordinary innovation, yet one that also bears a history, prestige and lasting quality that interconnect with the great wines of Bordeaux.
The legacy and vision that led Schubert to create such a masterpiece is upheld and continued on by Peter Gago, only the fourth Chief Winemaker since 1948. Peter Gago has most recently launched the Penfolds Grange 2010, completing the rare, unique and exquisite 60 years collection.