Max Schubert

Penfolds Chief Winemaker (1948-1975)

Max Schubert, the creator of Grange, was one of the most important Australian winemaking figures of the twentieth century.

Max joined Penfolds in 1931 as a messenger boy. He learned his craft by working with some of the most experienced chemists and winemakers of the time. He never formally studied oenology, but his practical experience, natural inquisitiveness and team leadership led to remarkable innovations in winemaking, many of which influenced the entire Australian wine industry.

Schubert was appointed Penfolds National Production Manager (Chief Winemaker) from 1948 to 1975. His greatest achievement was Grange - a wine that would alter the course of Australian wine history and pave the way for future generations of winemakers.