After several years searching unsuccessfully for an established McLaren Vale vineyard, Tony and Susie Parkinson eventually, in 1988, bought bare land upon which to establish a vineyard. Located on the rolling foothills east of McLaren Vale, the 32 ha (80 acre) property, long used for grazing, gave commanding views over the waters of Gulf St. Vincent and the promise of a great vineyard.
The property was named Penny’s Hill Vineyard, after the hill at the foot of which it is sited. After due consideration to finding a real point-of-difference, vines were planted to a unique narrow-row configuration from 1991.
Further vineyard acquisition followed. In 1993, the newly planted Malpas Road property was acquired, followed in 1996 by purchase of an adjacent highly prized hay-producing paddock that was immediately planted to vines and named Goss Corner.
In 1998, the original Goss family homestead, ‘Ingleburne’ was added to the Malpas and Goss properties to reconnect what had originally been one entire holding.
Now many years on, Tony Parkinson maintains ownership and management of the business with a dedicated team which includes younger son, James who is learning the vineyard ropes and taking care of property maintenance. Son David is also working on site, but as a filmmaker and graphics contributor to the wine enterprise.