BOOKED OUT – Talking History: Penfolds – 1844 to Evermore!

Talking History is a series of monthly lectures hosted by The History Trust of South Australia. Each month you can hear about a different aspect of South Australia’s history. We have a range of speakers from various disciplines, from history and prominent people to architecture and community research.


BOOKED OUT – Talking History: Penfolds – 1844 to Evermore! – Join the waitlist here

Tuesday 15 June, 5.30pm – Penfolds: 1844 to evermore!

Join Penfolds Global Ambassador Jamie Sach, and State Library of South Australia’s Community Engagement Librarian Carolyn Spooner, in conversation with wine, food and lifestyle journalist journalist Tony Love, as they discuss the history and heritage of Penfolds and the broader South Australian wine story.

From their beginning in 1844 to today, the merging of science, art and innovation has driven Penfolds to become one of Australia’s most famed and respected winemakers. The State Library of South Australia’s collection of wine-related materials can be traced back to 1834. With thousands of items including books, pamphlets, wine labels, menus, company records and more, it is now the largest collection in the southern hemisphere, if not the world. Join us for an intimate evening celebrating the history and heritage of Penfolds and South Australia’s internationally renowned wine industry.

When: Tuesday 15 June, 5pm for a 5.30pm start.

Where: Meet at Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door (from 5pm) for a welcome drink and canapes. Event will be held in the ‘Tunnels’ and will begin at 5.30pm sharp. 

Tickets: $10 per person. 

Tickets are limited for this special in person event at Penfolds Magill Estate. The session won’t be recorded so please book your place soon to avoid disappointment!


Jamie Sach is the Global Ambassador for Penfolds. An established member of the Penfolds family, Jamie first joined the winery in 1999, when he was appointed Sommelier at Magill Estate Restaurant. Upon completing his studies in 2004, Jamie was appointed to the role of Penfolds Ambassador – a cross-functional role which capitalised on his extensive knowledge of the winery’s portfolio. His experience in tasting and assessing Grange since first arriving at Penfolds, makes him one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject. In 2013, Jamie became the Global Ambassador for Penfolds, leading an international team of educators and advocates to continue sharing the heritage, history and wines of Penfolds the world over.

Carolyn Spooner is a Community Engagement Librarian at the State Library of South Australia, where she has worked for some 40 years. She gives presentations on the Library’s collections, and assists the community in their research quests at the Information Desk and Telephone Service. As part of the WEA’s Saturday morning wine tasting events at the Library, Carolyn shows highlights from the wine collections, such as the prototype wine cask from 1965, wine labels, menus, and winery tasting notes. Rare books include the first South Australian wine book from 1843, and a French ampelography from 1857.