Okay, okay it's called Beer Airways but sometimes a wine-related story is good enough to jump the fence and today's opening of the new tasting facility at Penfolds Magill Estate in Adelaide surely qualifies. Located in the foothills of the Adelaide Ranges, the estate is one of Australia's most remarkable (and intact) 19th Century industrial complexes – and the birthplace of Penfolds Grange. As part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the site the company has created a new Cellar Door and Magill Estate Kitchen. The stunning new facilities were designed by architects Denton Corker Marshall and took two years to complete. The new facilities will be opened officially by Peter Gago, head winemaker at Penfolds, next Thursday (June 4). Penfolds' chief marketing officer Simon Marton says the designers have blended heritage values and the spirit of innovation to create a world-class tasting facility within the city limits of Adelaide.
“The changes to Magill Estate include a state-of-the-art Cellar Door space repositioned at the front of the winery and a new Kitchen concept with indoor and outdoor dining," he says. "The new spaces have achieved the delicate balance between preserving the charm and historical character of the site while incorporating a modern, world-class experience for visitors that reflects Penfolds exciting future as much as it does our 171-year history.”
Visitors to the new-look visitor centre will be able to enjoy tutored tastings and guided tours, purchase rare and vintage Penfolds wines and sample a glass of the company's flagship red at the Magill Estate Kitchen overlooking the original Penfolds vineyards. The Back Vintage tasting room houses back-vintage wines cellared by Penfolds in ideal conditions and available for purchase.
Penfolds Magill Estate is 15 minutes from the centre of Adelaide. The cellar door is open daily, 9am to 6pm. For more information visit www.penfolds.com