Wine Regions

Eden Valley Wine Region

The Eden Valley wine region is one of Australia’s foremost cool-climate wine regions. Eden Valley wines are characterised by powerful aromatics, a sen…

The Eden Valley wine region is one of Australia’s foremost cool-climate wine regions. Eden Valley wines are characterised by powerful aromatics, a sense of elegance and yet inherent complexity. Eden Valley Riesling has made an indelible mark on Eden Valley vineyards, but there is a raft of varieties planted, including some of South Australia’s oldest vines.

 

Many people ask is the Eden Valley in the Barossa Valley, and though the Barossa Valley is the immediate neighbour, the Eden Valley map shows a distinct region that covers an area bordered by both the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley. Eden Valley vineyards are set amongst thatches of gum trees, undulating farm lands and rugged landscapes, and are tended by a growing band of dedicated wine producers, focusing on wines of finesse that the Eden Valley weather, geology and winemaking nous brings about.

Get to the Eden Valley

Eden Valley wineries are best accessed by driving and are a mere one and a half hours from Adelaide’s CBD. The region is also accessible via private tours. Adelaide city is the closest capital city and hub to access the Eden Valley vineyards.

Climate and style in Eden Valley

Eden Valley weather is typified by warm days and very cool nights, with long periods of sunshine during the growing season. The Eden Valley wine region is known for long, slow ripening in its cooler climate and elevated vineyard sites.

 

Eden Valley wines are renowned for their elegance, potency and complex flavours, with many produced from old, Eden Valley vineyards vines. Style-wise, Eden Valley vineyards produce white wines of high aromatic profile, brisk acidity and refreshing feel. Eden Valley Shiraz is considered the benchmark red wine variety and is reflected in medium weight, juicy fruited, fragrant wines.

 

Wines from Eden Valley wineries tend to be elegant, gently savoury, imbued with some herbal complexity and inwardly concentrated. Eden Valley wine region produces wines that can be enjoyed in youth, but also will mostly cellar to mid-term, with exceptional examples long term cellaring prospects.

Key Eden Valley varietals

Eden Valley wine is mostly a conversation about Riesling and Shiraz. That being said, Eden Valley wineries have a host of traditional and alternative varieties to work with.

 

Eden Valley Chardonnay has long held attention for its generosity yet brisk acid profile that feels generous in the palate and refreshing at once. Eden Valley Pinot Noir has had some recent appeal, though is produced in smaller volume. By name, Eden Valley Grand Merlot is mostly linked to the success of one or two choice producers. In the aromatic white spectrum, Eden Valley Pinot Gris is increasingly interesting for its lush, textural personality, yet as with most Eden Valley wine, holds high natural acidity for refreshment.

Eden Valley Riesling

Eden Valley Riesling is world-class putting Eden Valley Australia on the international Riesling map. Eden Valley Riesling shows with potent, citrusy, floral and apple aromatics, and flavours that offer great concentration, yet vibrant natural acidity. Eden Valley dry Riesling is famed for its cellaring potential, and also its drinkability when young and fresh.

Eden Valley Shiraz

Eden Valley Shiraz is also considered Eden Valley’s other halo variety. Henschke Hill of Grace is made from a single, ancient vineyard of Eden Valley Shiraz and is considered one of Australia’s greatest wines. Eden Valley Shiraz is typically medium bodied, highly aromatic, very complex with layers of fruit flavour, tannin and cool acid profile. Eden Valley Shiraz is approachable in youth, but will, with best examples, cellar for decades.

Eden Valley wineries

The roll call of Eden Valley wineries is notably excellent with high profile producers like Henschke set alongside popular Eden Valley Riesling producers Pewsey Vale. While some of the best known are prolific in their wine production, there are also many smaller producer Eden Valley wines that garner attention. Look out for Pewsey Vale, Henschke, Heggies Vineyard Estate, Hartz Barn Wines, Poonawatta Estate, New Eden, Radford Wines, Flaxman Wines, Hill Smith Estate, Goodchild, Mountadam, Irvine Wines, Eden Valley Wines, and Barossa Valley producers like Yalumba who source fruit and produce excellent Eden Valley wines.

The future of Eden Valley

Eden Valley wines are in a great position to continue their high profile with old vines, notable varieties and high-end producers all working in favour of the region. That being said, the Eden Valley food scene is also bolstering interest, as are Eden Valley wines made from lesser-celebrated varieties.

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  • South Australia
  • Riesling
  • Shiraz
  • Eden Valley