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Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant creates a top-rate dining experience in the land down under
a s if the Great Barrier Reef and perpetually sunny climes weren’t reason enough to venture to the land of Oz, Penfolds—one of Australia’s oldest and most respected winemakers—provides yet another compelling incentive: its eponymous Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant, located in the southern Australian city of Adelaide.
The restaurant sits perched above more than 12 acres of lush Shiraz vines, which are used exclusively for the winery’s Magill Estate Shiraz. The building’s modern architecture is a striking contrast to the historic estate that dates back to 1844 and serves as the restaurant’s scenic backdrop. With floor-to-ceiling glass walls, diners enjoy a panoramic view that extends beyond the vineyard to the city skyline and the Gulf of St. Vincent. But it isn’t the spectacular architecture or picturesque scenery that have turned the restaurant into a multi-award-winning establishment—it is, of course, the food and wine that are responsible for the property’s success.
The menu, described as Australian with French and Italian influences, changes with the seasons. Diners choose from either the degustation (tasting) or à la carte menus. What makes it a unique