An insight into Penfolds Wine

10 January, 2017

By David Stevens-Castro | Wine & Beverage Manager, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise

The wine history of Australia is less than two hundred years and is short in comparison with the European. Since the first days of wine making, Penfolds has figured prominently and influentially in the identity of Australian wines. Without the influence of Penfolds, the modern Australian wine industry would be very different, as Penfolds has brought to the whole world, its great reputation of wines of high quality.

Founded in 1844, Penfolds has played a key role in the evolution of the Australian wine industry and throughout the world. The winery was established with an innovative spirit and continues the constant and endless task of producing better wines. This was how in 1951 it created ‘Grange’ and has been produced continuously since then, to be today the most emblematic wine of Australia and a world-class collectable item.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Magill Estate on the outskirts of Adelaide and attended a masterclass on Chardonnay led by Kym Schroeter, head of the white wine making at Penfolds. It is here where the historic centre of the operation is established and where everything began for the famous winery of today.


Kym joined the company in 1987 as a laboratory assistant and from here he worked in all production areas, before joining the red wine making team in 1995. Since 2003, Kym has been directing white wines and has been instrumental in the success of Penfolds wines recognised for their quality and style worldwide.

Having spent a day on the property and tasted through the Penfolds range at the state-of-the-art cellar door, I can truly attest the enormous talent, passion and dedication that the whole wine making team imparts to each of the bottles produced by them.

Penfolds brand is world renowned for its high quality and the numerous accolades received over the years and we believe in the synergies between them and Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise. That’s why we stock a number of Penfolds wines in our new dining venues, SIFU and Balthazar Wine & Dining.

Next time you are dining with us at SIFU or Balthazar Wine & Dining, be sure to pick your favourite Penfolds drop from the following range:

2015 Penfolds ‘Koonunga Hill’ Riesling

2014 Penfolds ‘Cellar Reserve’ Semillon

2012 Penfolds ‘Cellar Reserve’ Pinot Gris

2015 Penfolds ‘Koonunga Hill’ Shiraz

2013 Penfolds ‘Bin 389’ Shiraz-Cabernet

2014 Penfolds ‘Cellar Reserve’ Sangiovese

2014 Penfolds ‘Cellar Reserve’ Viognier

2012 Penfods ‘Grange’ Shiraz

2005 Penfolds ‘Grange’ Shiraz

2003 Penfolds ‘Grange’ Shiraz

NV Penfold ‘Grandfather’ Tawny Port