Awash with history and character, and the spiritual home of Grange – Australia’s most revered wine – Penfolds Magill Estate is a bucket-list cellar door for wine aficionados all over the world. Here are five reasons why this South Australian icon should be on your must-visit list, too.
It’s right on Adelaide’s doorstep
Forget signing up for a wine tour or driving out of the city for hours to catch your first glimpse of the vines. Magill Estate’s location in the neighbourhood of Magill – a mere 15 minutes’ drive from the Adelaide CBD means unprecedented easy access to a vineyard. Order an Uber and you’re set.
It’s a step back in time
It was 1844, when a little-known English couple arrived in Adelaide, bought 200 hectares of land for a mere £1200, built a cottage and planted vine cuttings they had carried all the way from England. That couple was Dr Christopher Rawson and Mary Penfold. Those vine cuttings gave way to Australia’s most famous wine. And that cottage? It’s still there. Preserved in its original 19th-century glory. Join the two-hour Ultimate Penfolds Experience to walk through the cottage, replete with antique furniture and rugs.
It’s a true-blue cellar experience
What lies above ground at Magill Estate is just half the story. What hides beneath is the real draw card – a network of moodily lit tunnels lined with barrels full of Grange. Each barrel contains about 400 bottles, worth a quarter of a million dollars. Walk through the esteemed cellar as part of the aforementioned tour, before arriving in a private tasting room where you can sample some of the most sought-after Penfolds wines.
It has topnotch restaurants
No cellar door is complete without an outstanding restaurant and this one’s got two. Magill Estate Kitchen is the one to visit when you’re after something casual – blonde timber confines, Grange by the glass and a brunch menu that includes everything from eggs your way on toast to duck hash waffles. But if you want to experience the estate’s full culinary prowess, book a table at the architecturally stunning Magill Estate Restaurant and let chef Scott Huggins enthrall you with his ever-changing dégustation menu, paired of course with top-notch wines, including the recently launched 2013 Grange.
It’s just so goddam beautiful
Even if you’re not into wines, the estate is worth a visit for its sheer beauty. Set on five hectares of land with lush vines and exposed-brick buildings, the estate looks over the glorious Mounty Lofty Ranges in the distance, and it’s the spot to be at sunset for that envy-inducing Insta shot.