Our Winemakers

Key to the success of Penfolds has been a lineage of visionary winemakers. There have only ever been four Chief Winemakers at the helm of Penfolds – Max Schubert, Don Ditter, John Duval and Peter Gago, each a custodian of a rich winemaking tradition that goes back for more than 170 years.

Our current Penfolds winemaking team has more than 100 years between them as Penfolds winemakers. They are constantly refining and improving their work, whilst honouring the winemaking techniques of their predecessors.

“All winemakers should possess a good fertile imagination if they are to be successful in their craft.”

Max Schubert

Penfolds First Chief Winemaker

Peter Gago

Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Peter joined the winemaking team in 1989, initially in the craftsmanship of sparkling wines, before moving on to reds as Penfolds Red Wine Maker. In 2002 Peter became the fourth ever Chief Winemaker for Penfolds. Together with his fellow winemakers, Peter’s careful custodianship has ensured that Grange and the other ‘older’ members of the Penfolds family, have continued to set the benchmark for their style and quality, while new additions to the range push the boundaries ever wider.

Penfolds Winemaker Peter Gago

Andrew Baldwin

Penfolds Red Winemaker

Andrew Baldwin’s passion for winemaking is unquestionable. Born and raised in wine country, South Australia, Andrew spent his formative years immersed in the vineyards of Eden Valley, earning pocket money by working amongst the vines on neighbouring properties.

After training as a distiller, Andrew joined Penfolds as a cellar supervisor in 1988, before joining the red winemaking in 1991 and has become integral to the continued evolution of some of Penfolds most sought-after expressions.

In 2014 Andrew celebrated his 30th vintage at Penfolds.

Penfolds Winemaker Andrew Baldwin

Kym Schroeter

Penfolds White Winemaker

Kym’s father, uncle and brother were all Penfolds winemakers, so it was almost inevitable he would join the Penfolds family. Kym joined in 1987 as a laboratory assistant before moving on to red winemaking in 1995 and white winemaking in 2003.

His Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2009 was awarded ‘Best White Wine in the World’ at the 2011 International Wine Challenge and at the 2015 awards Penfolds went on to be named ‘International White Winemaker of the Year’.

Penfolds Winemaker Kym Schroeter

Stephanie Dutton

Penfolds Red Winemaker

Born and raised in a city renowned for its love of food and wine, Stephanie Dutton discovered her passion for fine wine, whilst working in some of Melbourne’s signature restaurants. In 2010, Stephanie joined the Penfolds red winemaking team, based at the Nuriootpa Winery in the Barossa Valley.

Penfolds Winemaker Stephanie Dutton

Matt Woo

Penfolds Red and Fortified Winemaker

Raised in country New South Wales, Matt Woo grew up in a family passionate about food, wine and celebration.

In 2010, Matt became a proud member of the Penfolds winemaking team and is now in the unique position of taking responsibility for both the red table wines and the daily craftsmanship of Penfolds fortified collection – a series of beautifully concentrated and complex tawnies that celebrate the origins of Penfolds winemaking history.

Penfolds Winemaker Matt Woo

Past Winemakers

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