Penley is a combination of the Penfold and Tolley families. Both families had been active in viticulture for a long time, but it was not until 1988 that the first scions acquired a plot of land and planted Cabernet Sauvignon on it. In 1989 they won gold at the Adelaide Wine Show and realized that winemaking had to become their life purpose. The passion continued and in 1995 an impressive estate was built that greatly increased the prestige of the wines. Penley Estate is a thoroughly Australian story that translates into accessible wines of superb quality.
Penley Estate is one of Coonawarra's leading wineries and one of the best makers of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and red blends in the country. Penley Estate winemaker Kate Goodman (pictured center) is considered one of Australia's finest contemporary winemakers. Kate makes wines with freshness and vibrancy - seeking structure and expression of fruit - while preserving the integrity of the varietal. All Penley wines are made from home grown grapes and registered by The Vegan Society.
Hans Loder takes care of the quality of the grapes and vineyard. He is a master of his craft. Hans seeks balance and takes a very holistic approach to viticulture practices, seeking a balance between the soil and the vine.