When you ask wine enthusiasts to pick one winery that represents Australia, they choose Penfolds hands down. The name gloats for being one of the wineries with the longest history in Australia. It all started when a doctor from England, Christopher Rawson Penfolds opened a hospital called ‘The Grange”
Ultimately Shield Estate was developed with Ed’s passion for wine alone. The source of Shield Estate’s pride comes from the 165-year-old grape vine. 165 years old means they have one of the oldest grape vines in the world. The grape type is Shiraz and their Shiraz wine is called Moorooroo, which is famous not only in Australia but also worldwide.
D’Arenberg’s history is quite complicated: it was established by Francis d’Arenberg Osborn in 1943 and he named it after his mother. His father and he were already quite famous for running vineyards and selling grapes, and Francis (Frankie) started to be interested in making wine once the business was going well.
The history of Angove Winery goes all the way up to 1854. It started when a British doctor William Thomas Angove immigrated to Australia and planted grapes and produced wine for medical treatment purposes. In the beginning it was more like hobby, eventually it turn into a business as the quality of the wine got better each year and the demand followed.
Their wine uses Barossa grapes and other McLaren grapes but its types are various. Not only do they have Shiraz, Australia’s prominent grape but they also blend with grapes I haven’t even heard of such as Temporanillo, Sangiovese, Aglianico and etc. I really liked the way they produce their wine purely out of their own passion for wine.