Farmers are no strangers to risk. But when you know your land and what makes it tick, such risks often reap great rewards. When Scott Longbottom and Cheryl Merrett took the leap to plant vines on their Padthaway land in 1993, they applied the know-how handed down from three generations of farmers. This place is part of their DNA.
Penfolds has a history and heritage that profoundly reflects Australia’s journey from colonial settlement to the modern Era. Established in 1844, just eight years after the foundation of South Australia, Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia – and across the world.
“Our family’s 190ha vineyard is located in the picturesque and historic Padthaway valley, 300 km south of Adelaide. Our rich, fertile terra rossa soils, environmentally friendly viticulture, low yield and exceptional fruit is how we consistently produce outstanding wines. Small parcels of the highest quality fruit are selected from our family vineyard and handcrafted to create wines with amazing depth of flavour, style and balance…” David Bryson, 5th Generation.
The Potawurutj Aborigines named this place Padthaway meaning “Good Water”
“Padthaway currently has one cellar door operating, with many of the other wines produced in the area available for tasting by appointment.”
As well as the brands produced by the major companies, there is an ever increasing number of smaller regionally branded Wine Producers who have recognised the potential and quality of fruit grown in the Padthaway Wine Region.
Padthaway currently has one cellar door operating, with many of the other wines produced in the area available for tasting by appointment.
The Wine Producers of Padthaway welcome enquiries.
Henry’s Drive cellar door is situated on the range overlooking the vineyards below providing spectacular views while you enjoy a glass of wine. Morning, lunch and afternoon tea is also available throughout the day. It is situated 3km south of Padthaway off the Riddoch Hwy. Open Daily 10am – 4pm. T: 08 8765 5251 for bookings and further information.