Adam Clay

Penfolds Red Winemaker

Penfolds Winemaker Adam Clay

Born and raised in South Australia, Adam Clay spent his childhood in the Riverland and Adelaide Hills. With a keen interest in science, Adam completed his Honours Degree in Biotechnology, before beginning a PhD researching grapevine disease resistance.

What began as a theoretical interest soon became a desire to engage with the practical side of winemaking, with Adam completing his studies in Oenology and joining Penfolds in 2007 as a vintage winemaker.

Now working across the red wine portfolio, Adam has completed eight vintages at Penfolds and embraces the seasonal and diverse nature of his role. With a passion for crafting wines that allow for enjoyment in their youth, whilst also providing the opportunity to age and cellar, Adam employs both traditional and innovative winemaking techniques, reflective of Penfolds 170-year old philosophy.