National Geographic tells the Story of Australian Wine with Sam Neill

In a global first, National Geographic has produced an exciting one hour documentary special with internationally recognised actor and wine-lover, Sam Neill, at the helm. Given South Australia is the national leader in wine production and export, it’s no surprise that exceptional Penfolds label featured prominently.

Commissioned exclusively by National Geographic and two years in the making, Great Innovators: The Rise of Australian Wine premiered globally and in Australia last week.

Bringing his sublime voice, cheeky charm, international recognition and passion for wine growing to this Australian first screening, Sam Neill, travels the world with National Geographic as he explores the last century of Australian winemaking and the industry’s now undisputed respect in the global market. Together with a multitude of key wine opinion leaders and thorough research, he delves deep into a unique industry built on guts, ingenuity, imagination and science.

“This has been a blast”, says Sam Neill. “As a wine grower from New Zealand [Two Paddocks Wines] it was more than a privilege to spend time with a bunch of extraordinary winemakers and growers in Australia, and to learn about the struggle and innovation that is such a hallmark of the story of wine in Australia. The more I learnt, the more I realised there is so much more to know.”

Accompanying Sam Neill on the journey is South Australian Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago, who brings incredible insights and insider knowledge to the fore. Viewers will discover the unique passion and spirit Penfolds has brought to the Australian winemaking industry such as early wine stabilisation research, refrigerated harvesting and one of the world’s most collectible wines, Penfolds Grange, to the world wine stage.

Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago says: “What an honour to be invited to join National Geographic and Sam Neill on their exploration of Australian wine and the rich heritage this country supports on the world wine stage. We were pleased to play our small part in this Australian wine journey, one laden in passion & ingenuity.”

Great Innovators: The Rise of Australian Wine launched in Australia and globally on National Geographic on Thursday 18 October 2018. The London premiere was held with Peter English from Penfolds and was attended by staff from the Office of the Agent General.

Keep an eye out in coming months for a special screening opportunity for South Australia Club members!