Last October, Peter Gago, Chief Winemaker at Penfolds received one of the highest honours in the wine world: admission to the Decanter Hall of Fame, awarded just once a year to a wine great. Gago has been chief winemaker for 19 years and is the fourth Australian to be bestowed with the honour. During his tenure the company, which is owned by Treasury Wine Estate, has reached new heights of excellence.
Before him, Max Shubert, his predecessor at Penfolds and the father of the Grange series of wines, was inducted in 1988; Len Evans in 1997 and Brian Crosier in 2004. The hallowed halls at Decanter are lined with portraits of giants – Jancis Robinson MW, Steven Spurrier, Robert Mondavi, Emile Peynaud, Aubert de Villaine, Angelo Gaja, Piero Antinori and Miguel Torres, to name
just a few. And now Gago is one of them.
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