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.
Living and breathing the vineyard lifestyle from a young age, Andrew’s upbringing was the perfect prelude to pursue a career in the industry, training initially as a distiller, before moving across to wine and joining Penfolds as a cellar supervisor in 1988. With a natural affinity for the intricacies of winemaking, Andrew joined the red winemaking team in 1991 and has become integral to the continued evolution of some of Penfolds most sought-after expressions.
Over the years, Andrew has met and worked alongside some of Penfolds finest winemakers including Max Schubert, Don Ditter, John Bird and of course his current winemaking colleagues – all of whom are equally invested in the Penfolds ethos and approach to making wines.
In his current role, Andrew is tasked with honouring the Penfolds winemaking traditions of the past whilst also forging ahead and challenging industry convention to ensure Penfolds red wines continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Naming the 1955 Grange and 1962 Bin 60A amongst his personal favourites, Andrew enjoys discovering the evolution of red wines and attending the Penfolds Re-corking Clinics and engaging with collectors continues to be a highlight.
2014 sees Andrew celebrate his 30th
vintage with Penfolds. It is his love for the Penfolds approach and unique position in Australian winemaking that continues to make him passionate about his craft.