AT A GLANCE:
Name of wine estate: Henschke
Wine region: Barossa Valley
Standout points: Emblematic centenarian vineyards; the iconic Hill of Grace Shiraz
Winemaker: Stephen Henschke
Wine style: Single-vineyard Shiraz par excellence
In 2018 Henschke celebrated its 150th anniversary of family winemaking. Fourth-generation Cyril Henschke was one of Australia’s pioneers of single-vineyard Shiraz and Riesling, while today, fifth-generation Stephen (winemaker) and Prue (viticulturist) have propelled Henschke to the highest level of New World wine brands, marrying family heritage, vineyard know-how and firm sustainability principles – centred on using organic and biodynamic farming methods – to make some of the finest wines in the Eden Valley of Barossa and the Adelaide Hills.
Built to last
Housed in the family’s original 1860s Grain Barn in Keyneton, the timber-framed Henschke Cellar Door was built from field stone and mud by first-generation winemaker Johann Christian Henschke. The Woolshed which now serves as the Henschke winery, where underground wine tanks sit beside a shearing shed and sheep yards, was built alongside in 1952. Renovations of the barn to commemorate the family’s 150th anniversary were careful to protect the original dry-stone walls, create a space for guests which marries the family’s heritage with uncompromising quality standards.
Heritage and grace
Very possibly Australia’s most famous vineyard, Hill of Grace was purchased by Paul Gotthard Henschke in 1891. The Henschke Hill of Grace Experience is a must for the wine lover, offering exclusive access to this renowned vineyard together with a tour of the winery and the chance to taste 10 world-class wines, including the limited release single-vineyard Shiraz wines Mount Edelstone, Hill of Roses and the ultimate South Australian icon, Hill of Grace. This is the perfect opportunity to soak up the history of the Henschke family and their connection to the Eden Valley.