Casual dining at revamped Penfolds cellar door

By / 3rd of June, 2015

Penfolds Magill Estate opened a new cellar door and restaurant to the public last week after a multi-million-dollar redevelopment of the 171-year-old winery.

The winery, which is one of the few single vineyards in the world located within city boundaries, is home to the famous Grange blend, and will now offer greater accessibility to local and international visitors.

Penfolds' flagship wine will be available for purchase by the glass at the new Magill Estate Kitchen - a casual dining offering designed to complement the formal service at Magill Estate Restaurant, the highest-ranked South Australian establishment in a recent list of Australia's top 100 restaurants.

“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,” says Simon Marton, Penfolds chief marketing officer.

“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.” 

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Max Schubert's personal Grange Collection. Photo: supplied

The redevelopment includes private and open-plan spaces dedicated to wine education, access to previously hidden treasures, and a more casual dining environment presented by head chefs Scott Huggins and Emma McCaskill as a “sister offering” to Magill Estate.

“Wine is at the heart of all elements of Magill Estate, from tutored tastings to tours to the perfect pairing of wine with local produce,” says Marton.

“As a homage to our flagship ‘red’, visitors can now enjoy Grange by the glass in the Magill Estate Kitchen overlooking the original Penfolds vineyards, and view Grange creator Max Schubert’s personal Grange collection, which spans from the experimental 1951 to the current 2010 vintage and is personally signed by Max up to 1988.

“Visitors can discover one of the secret hiding spots used by Max for the ‘hidden’ Grange vintages of 1957, 1958 and 1959, which is located in the Back Vintage tasting room. This room also houses back-vintage wines from our museum cellared by Penfolds in ideal conditions and available for purchase.”

Architects Denton Corker Marshall, who are responsible for the project, also have the Melbourne Museum, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the Australian War Memorial in their portfolio.

Magill Estate Cellar Door and Kitchen will be open daily from 9am