Ang and Bec bought a block of land in Coonawarra with their brother in 1988. They planted some Cabernet and the rest is history. In 2015 their brother Kym retired and they could have sold Penley Estate, but that would have gone against grain- it wouldn’t have been right to the Penfold women that came before them. Since then they have lead Penley to what it is today. Sisters sticking together and truly supporting each other ❤️
Kate began her winemaking career in 1992 as a cellar hand at Wirra Wirra and went on to work for wineries such as Tim Knappstein and Punt Road before starting her own wine brand, Goodman Wines. ⠀
What is lesser known about Kate is that in 2017 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is a fighter though, and kicked cancer’s ass. By the end of 2018 she was being awarded Winemaker of the Year for the 2018 Women in Wine Awards. ⠀
You are an absolute star Kate and we can’t wait to see what else you do!⠀
After many years in the Barossa she moved to Coonawarra with her winemaking husband and has continued to be involved in the wine industry, owning and operating an olive grove and raising her two children.
She is currently up to vintage number 5 with Penley.
The job opportunity at Yarra Yering was too good to refuse and Sarah made the move to the Yarra Valley joining the team in September 2013 to focus on one single iconic vineyard site. The vineyard is central to wine quality and Sarah considers the Yarra Yering vineyard to be the best she has ever worked with. The release of her first wines, the 2014 vintage saw her named James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year 2017.
Now in the role of Winemaker and General Manager, Sarah hopes to continue to build on the reputation that Dr BB Carrodus started in 1969 with the first vineyard plantings at Yarra Yering.
A local of the Limestone Coast, it was her cheeky comment at age 15 that gave Lauren the idea of pursuing a career in the wine industry. A desire to “drink wine, travel, and be outdoors” lead to two days’ work experience in the Clare Valley, which then lead to a gap year vintage, and gave her the love of wine to make it her career.
Lauren gained experience across a number of Australian wine regions, soaking up the nuances and subtleties of both soil and grape alike. A stint across the Tasman in New Zealand, followed by a vintage in the Kamptal, Austria furthered her understanding of what cool climate can look like. Returning to Australia, Lauren again looked to broaden her knowledge and experience with vintages at Brokenwood, Bannockburn, Madden’s Rise, and Adelina Wines, before moving back home to the Limestone Coast to work at Balnaves of Coonawarra, under the full time tutelage of Pete Bissell, as Assistant Winemaker in 2015.
Passionate about all areas of the wine industry, not just behind the scenes, Lauren was an Associate Judge at the 2017 Limestone Coast Wine Show, and has just recently completed the Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) through the AWRI to hone her palate and judging skills.