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Wine Spectator: Penfolds’ Peter Gago Talks Blending California And Australia

February 25, 2021

The most famous Down Under winery has gone Up Above. Australia’s Penfolds recently unveiled its latest endeavor, a lineup of four California-based wines from vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, and Paso Robles. The move came as the company decided to combine the Penfolds know-how with the vineyards its corporate parent, Treasury Wine Estates, has accumulated around the globe.

These four new wines, with prices ranging from $50 to $700, expand the portfolio of wines Penfolds makes outside of Australia, which includes a venture in Champagne that debuted in 2019; the company is also exploring a possible upcoming collaboration in Bordeaux. Chief winemaker Peter Gago chatted with senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec about bringing an Australian approach (and even some blending wine) to the States and about how the California wines took shape.

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