Eden Valley is a famous fine wine Southern Australian
region, nestled at 400 metres among the Barossa Ranges on the eastern boundary
of the Barossa
Valley, approx 500 ha.
Samuel Smith planted vines here in 1849. Johann Henschkes farm near
present-day Keyneton, then called North Rhinedates back to 1862. However
until the 1950s the region reverted back to livestock to make a living (as
irrigation impractical). The 1950s saw a resurgence in the regions fortunes,
thanks to the likes of Cyril Hencshkes promotion of Riesling. Yalumba
acknowledged the regions high quality fruit by relocating its winery to
Angaston in the early 1970s; they had already planted the now famous Pewsey
Vale vineyard in 1962. In 1972 they planted their Heggies vineyard with
Chardonnay & then in 84 with Viognier.
At between 380 550 metres, the region displays nutrient poor yellow
podzolic/sandy & pink quartz soils over decomposed (gneiss) granite. Due to
the rocky nature of the soils, irrigation is largely provided by dams &
planting densities are higher than average. Compared to Clare Valley, Eden
Valley is a marginally higher in altitude, if notably cooler zone with similar
sunshine hours but slightly lower levels of continentality.
As expected, the style of these Riesling, Chardonnay and Viognier wines is one showing
fine elegance & floral, stony purity; none of the wines should
Vale, Heggies Vineyard,
Hewitson and Henschke are
all top producers.