The Eden Valley area was originally owned by William Lillecrapp, a wealthy Gumeracha farmer who had emigrated from England in 1837. In 1862 he sold land for £15 for the building of a church and school to a group of Prussian Lutherans who had left their homeland to avoid religious persecution.
They had arrived in 1838, having received monetary assistance for the voyage from George Fife Angas, and English businessman who later bought large tracts of land in the Barossa and Flaxmans Valley. With a wine making history dating back to 1847 Eden Valley is home to some of the world’s oldest Shiraz and Riesling vineyards.
Traditional grape growing continues with a focus on sustainability and authenticity, with fifth and sixth generations of the original settlers continuing to apply their craft.
Rolling, exposed hills with moderately steep gradients are commonplace and the correct match of site and variety is critical. As one might expect, given the varied terrain, there are a number of soil types. The most common range from grey to brown in colour, and from loamy sand to clay loams. Ironstone gravels, quartz gravels and rock fragments are present in the surface and subsurface.
Altitude, aspect and slope are all important in determining mesoclimate in this hilly region. Therefore, at an altitude of around 500 metres the Pewsey Vale, Heggies and High Eden vineyards at the southern end of the Eden Valley are considerably cooler than the more northerly Henschke vineyards at an elevation of 380 to 400 metres around Keyneton.
Premium Grape Varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Riesling
Total Vineyard Size
February – April