Penfolds was founded by a young English doctor who migrated to one of his country's most distant colonies over a century and a half ago. Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold was born in 1811, the youngest of 11 children. He studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, graduating in 1838.
Penfolds enjoys a strong international following - from wine collectors and wine lovers, to wine media and wine show judges. Its reputation has been well-recognised over its 165 year history and spans the entire array of wines produced, as well as the winemaking teams.
The accolades for Penfolds Grange have spearheaded Penfolds wine media and wine show success. 1955 Grange won more than 50 gold medals before its retirement from the show arena in the late 1970s. Grange as a wine style has been referred to as "one of the only true First Growths of the Southern Hemisphere" by English writer Hugh Johnson.