They bought a plot of land in Coonawarra, planted cabernet grapes and called it Penley Estate. In 1989, Phoenix Cabernet won a Gold Medal at the Adelaide Wine Show. In 1995, a winery was built at Penley Estate – a full on, all the bells and whistles, impress me with your red sports car winery. Penley’s reputation had grown by then, and it made sense to have everything on site. More vineyards were planted, added Shiraz to the Cabernet, and increased the range of wine, producing classic Coonawarra reds that were full-bodied, to be kept and savoured.
In tandem with winemaker Kate Goodman Ang and Bec set about revitalising the estate and creating a new style of Coonawarra wines. With a softer, more elegant touch than is sometimes associated with the region. Today, Penley estate reestablished itself as the most exciting and progressive winery in Coonawarra.
Their history is a rich mix of endeavour, passion and vision with a touch of scandal and madness thrown in for good measure. They could write a book about it. Instead, we’ll leave you with the words of their glamorous mother; words that we hope you’ll taste in every bottle of contemporary Coonawarra wine… “Grow up and be fascinating.”
FUN FACT!Their great, great (add a few greats) grandmother, Mary Penfold, was the driving force behind the establishment of Magill Estate in 1844, and is now regarded as one of the most outstanding pioneering women in South Australia. Then there was Gladys Lethbridge, who married Frank Penfold Hyland in 1921. She was a flamboyant woman, the great granddaughter of Governor King and an enthusiastic collector of antiques. Yet, Gladys Penfold Hyland proved she could mix it with the best. Following Frank’s death, she oversaw the running of Penfolds (with the aid of Frank’s no-nonsense secretary, Miss Longhurst) and was Chairman of Board from 1948-61. She remained a director until 1964 – no mean feat when you consider the business world was pretty much run by men back then.
In the region of Asenovgrad the nature has created soil and climatic conditions suitable for the advent and development of viticulture as the occupation of the population. Viticulture is one of the most ancient occupations in the town. This we learn from the investigators of this period, who had summarized the data yet still from the Thracian antiquity. There is no doubt, that Thracians had had a knowledge of the vine and wine and skillfully cultivated them
The multi-generational growers, whose descendants arrived here nearly two centuries ago, are the backbone of Torbreck’s winemaking aspirations. Without their knowledge of the seasons and the soil, we would not have such a precious resource of fruit to work with.
Cooper, originally from Santa Bárbara (California), discovered Spanish wines when he was only 21 years old, on one of the trips he made to Europe with his family. Since then, his personal and professional career has been closely linked to Spain, where he has lived for more than a decade. His first experiences as a professional in the world of wine were as a writer for the Spanish Wines and More blog, from which he advised many amateurs.
The Perano estate is located in the heart of Chianti Classico in Gaiole and enjoys exceptional climate and soil. The vineyards are located 500 meters above sea level, well above the altitude common for red variety grapes, especially Sangiovese with its late maturation phase.
Luminosity and minerality with a touch of feminine elegance. A hidden gem, surrounded by sequoias, firs and chestnut trees which reveals itself to those travelling through the first woods of the Florentine mountains, with vines climbing to an altitude of 700 metres.