Make your own blend of Wine at Penfolds cellar door in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. By Neil McMahon.
South Australia’s Barossa is world-famous for its wine and now you can join the ranks of its winemakers, if only for a day. At Penfolds’ cellar door, wine-lovers with a penchant for discovery can enter the inner sanctum – the wine lab used by Penfolds winemakers. There, you don a lab coat and set about juggling beakers, funnels and measuring cups in pursuit of your very own personal blend.
The basis for the experiment is Penfolds’ Grenache Shiraz Mataro – the Bin 138 – and your task is to create a blend that comes close to the original while satisfying your own palate. You get three attempts to get it right and head home afterwards with a 375ml bottle of your creation.
“It’s very popular. People love it,” says cellar door manager Cyra Treloar. “You’re in the actual winemakers’ lab doing what the winemakers do.”