Henschke is regarded as one of Australia’s most prominent wine producers. In 1841, Johann Christian Henschke emigrated from Silesia, settling in South Australia. He purchased land in 1862 in Keyneton within the Eden Valley, planting vines, which later became the home of Henschke wines. The first vintage was produced in 1868, amounting to over 1,000 litres. In 1891, Paul, Johann Christian’s son, purchased the vineyard, which would later be known as the Hill of Grace vineyard. Fast forward 60 years, to when Henschke decided to change focus from fortified to table wines, due to the changing tastes of Australian drinkers. The year 1958 saw Cyril Henschke create the first vintage of Hill of Grace, Henschke’s iconic Shiraz, from low-yielding vines planted in the 1860s. The Henschke family is now up to its sixth generation of winemakers, fifth generation winemaker Stephen Henschke has been responsible for introducing many improvements to the winery, due to working vintages overseas. Johann, Stephen’s son, now also works at Henschke as a winemaker, along with his wife, Angela, a Henschke ambassador.
The range of wines available from Henschke is immense, with vineyards in the Barossa, Eden Valleys and the Adelaide Hills. Whilst Shiraz remains a core focus, Henschke also offer wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Riesling, Chardonnay and many others, at a range of price points, from budget to luxury. At the lower end are delicate wines such as Tillys Vineyard Dry White, a blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and the Croft Chardonnay. The real stars of the show are the reds, such as the Mount Edelstone Shiraz, a vibrant, spicy wine, and of course the Hill of Grace, named after the German region of Gnadenberg. The Hill of Grace vineyard is farmed biodynamically, with compost, cow manure and egg shells that help to enrich the soil. The wine has consistently gained near-perfect scores due to its aromas, depth and length.
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