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 particular, it was whilst opening a bottle of Barolo that Stephanie began to consider a career in wine and after completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Melbourne, she relocated to Adelaide to embark on a Masters of Oenology.
Whilst completing her studies, Stephanie first joined Penfolds in 2007, working at Magill Estate Restaurant and the Penfolds cellar door. In the same year, Stephanie had the unique opportunity to attend the extensive tasting for The Rewards of Patience – the ultimate Penfolds form guide. It was here that she experienced a complete vertical tasting of Grange, a highlight that further fuelled her fascination for the history and depth of fine wine.
In 2010, Stephanie joined the Penfolds red winemaking team, based at the Nuriootpa Winery in the Barossa Valley and is now responsible for crafting Penfolds Koonunga Hill wines. Embracing the cyclical nature of winemaking, Stephanie looks forward to the opportunities and challenges that each vintage brings, noting advice given to her by former red winemaker, John Bird that ‘no two vintages are the same’ and that is what keeps the fascination for winemaking alive.
Alongside her fellow winemakers, Stephanie enjoys the opportunity to help guide Penfolds signature expressions through the winemaking process and relishes the prospect that the wines she helps craft are now being opened and enjoyed at restaurants and cellars the world over.