South Australia’s Barossa Valley is one of the world’s finest wine producing regions. Find out more about the area and the Henschke Winery with Matt Moran.
South Australia’s Barossa Valley is one of the world’s finest wine producing regions. There are over 150 wineries and 70 cellar doors. Barossa Valley is renowned for its diverse growing conditions. Characterised by warm to hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters, it’s ideal weather for growing rich, intensely flavoured grapes.
The Henschke family, one of Barossa Valley’s most distinguished wine makers has been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard on his diverse farming property at Keyneton in 1862. He was one of many Silesians who had fled their homeland in search of religious freedom, and he arrived from Kutschlau in 1841. The wine was initially intended for consumption by family and friends, but with the first commercial release in 1868, believed to be principally Riesling and Shiraz, the wheels were set in motion for greater things to come.
Today, it is fifth-generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue at the helm, passionately upholding the family name and reputation. They call themselves “the guardians of the vines” and hold some of the oldest vines in the Barossa.
Mount Edelstone Shiraz is the oldest wine in Australia that’s made from a single vineyard variety. 2012, marked its 60th anniversary and the 100th year anniversary for the vineyard itself. Mount Edelstone is unique as it has a connection to the settlement of South Australia. The Angas family, George Five Angas was the founder of South Australia. His Grandson, Ronald Angas studied at Oxford University and through the years tasted some greats wines. When he arrived back in the Barossa Valley he wanted to have his own wine estate. In 1912, he planted his first vineyard but sadly two years later World War I broke out and he sold his grapes and passed it onto his son Collin. Stephens’s father, Cyril Henschke ended up leasing the vineyard from Colin and made his first Mount Edelstone in 1952.
Today, Mount Edelstone Shiraz is still considered one of South Australia’s most iconic wines.