Penfolds Winemaker Named Wine Enthusiast Winemaker of the Year

Peter Gago, Chief Winemaker of Australia's Penfolds Winery (right) receives the Wine Enthusiast Winemaker of the Year Award from Adam Strum, Publisher and Editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine at the magazine's 6th Annual Wine Star Awards Dinner. Held at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, the ceremony honored outstanding achievement in the wine and spirits industries. It is the first time the award has been bestowed upon an Australian winemaker. (Photo: Harald Franzen)

NEW YORK--()--Jan. 24, 2006--Peter Gago, Chief Winemaker for Penfolds, one of Australia's most famous wine brands, has received one of the highest accolades in the international wine community -- Wine Enthusiast Magazine Winemaker of the Year 2005.

Gago is the first Australian winemaker to ever receive this honor from the annual Wine Enthusiast Magazine Wine Star Awards, which awards nine titles. He received the award at a gala, black-tie awards ceremony at the New York Public Library in New York, Monday, January 23, 2006.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine had this to say about Gago: "Peter Gago has been making wine at Penfolds, arguably Australia's most famous winery, for 16 years. But he has been responsible for several of the country's most iconic wines only since 2002, when he was promoted to the post of chief winemaker. Polished and endearing, modest yet confident ... Gago, 48, is a man with a job he says he wouldn't trade for anything."

Penfolds wines are recognized throughout the world, with the flagship Penfolds Grange widely regarded as one of the greatest wine styles created in the 20th century. The South Australian based winery has collected a number of significant international accolades including:

1989         Awarded International Winemaker of the Year at the 
             International Wine and Spirit Competition, London

1991 & 2000  Named Red Winemaker of the Year at International Wine 
             Challenge, London

1999         U.S. Wine Spectator magazine names 1955 Grange Hermitage 
             as one of the "Top 12 wines of the 20th Century"

2004         U.K. wine magazine Decanter names 1962 Penfolds Bin 60A 
             Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Kalimna Shiraz in the 
             number seven position in its "100 Greatest Wines of All 
             Time"

Peter Gago's Wine Enthusiast Magazine Winemaker of the Year 2005 award comes hot on the heels of another milestone. In September, Penfolds set a new Australian record for the price of a new release wine. At Christie's Fine and Rare Wines Auction in New York one six pack of 2004 Penfolds Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Kalimna Shiraz set the record when it was sold for $4,935 USD. Prior to that point, no new release Australian wine had achieved over $1,000 for a 750 ml bottle.

Contacts

Penfolds
Lisa Klinck-Shea, 707-963-8989 ext. 2011

Contacts

Penfolds
Lisa Klinck-Shea, 707-963-8989 ext. 2011