McLaren Vale, Australia



John Duval

John Duval has long ruled the world of wine in the land down under. After nearly 29 years with Penfolds, one of Australia's most celebrated wineries, he left the company in late 2002 to fulfill his ambition of making his own wine. Over the years, John has earned a series of awards, certificates and trophies around the globe, distinguishing himself among the winemaking greats of all time.

2003 Sygnet
Bottle: 750ml

He grew up on fertile lands just south of Adelaide, where his parents cultivated a small vineyard and ran a world famous sheep stud. After completing his studies in agriculture and winemaking, he started with Penfolds in 1974 and was appointed Chief Winemaker in 1986.

John led the winery through a dynamic period of development, ultimately establishing Penfolds as one of the world's great wine brands. He attributes part of his success at Penfolds to his family, who coincidently supplied their finest Shiraz grapes and vine cuttings to the renowned winery.

Looking back on his career to date, John lists the following highlights: In 1989, he was awarded the Robert Mondavi Trophy for Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London; in 1991, and again in 2000, he was named Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in London; and in 1995, he accepted the Wine of the Year award from Wine Spectator Magazine for the 1990 vintage of Penfolds Grange.

John currently resides in the Barossa Valley, one of Australia's most famous wine regions, particularly known for its old vine Shiraz. An experienced wine judge, John also serves at many Australian and international wine shows.