Having already established itself as one of Australia’s most celebrated premium wine marques, Penfolds now have another reason to celebrate as its chief winemaker Peter Gago gets recognised in the Queen’s birthday honour list.
Gago has been made a Companion of the Order of Australia – one of the highest royal honours in Australia. Notably, he’s also the first member of the wine industry to receive such a high honour in recognition of his services and contributions to the wine industry.
“I think to put wine and the industry alongside theatre and the arts, the judiciary, the military, it really has taken it to another level,” said a jubilant Peter Gago to local Australian press about receiving his honour.
The British-born winemaker moved to Australia as a child had initially trained as achemistry and maths teacher before his passion for wine and winemaking ultimately led him to retrain at Adelaide’s Roseworth College wher ehe obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science in Oenology.
After which, Peter Gago joined premium winemakers Penfolds in 1989 and moved up the ranks. He then succeeded John Duval as the firm’s chief winemaker in 2002, this making him the custodian of Australia’s widely recognised red wine – Grange.
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