Eden Valley Wine Region

The Eden Valley Wine region shares a boundary with its more famous neighbour the Barossa Valley, and there is considerable overlap in the operations of the two regions. Many wineries in each of these regions have vineyards, or source grapes from, the other. But these regions themselves are quite distinct in topography, altitude, temperature and therefore viticultural potential.

Petit Meslier is one of the alternative varieties grown in the Eden Valley Region of South AustraliaPetit Meslier is one of the alternative varieties grown in this region

The official GI classification for these two regions is that the Barossa Zone includes the Barossa Valley and the Barossa Valley regions. The GI System has some logic but it is often a little difficult to see it.

As a very rough generalisation the Barossa is more suited to red wines, the Eden Valley for whites, but there are a couple of glaring exceptions as we shall see below.

The word "valley" in the name is quite a misnomer when applied to the Eden Valley. It is more a series of jumbled, windswept hills and steep slopes of varied aspects giving each site a different microclimate. Vineyards are scattered throughout the region to make the most of what nature has to offer. By contrast, the Barossa Valley is flatter allowing the landscape of rolling hills to be dominated by neat rows of vines.

In some ways the Eden Valley region has more in common with the Adelaide Hills wine region immediately to the south, than to the Barossa.

Riesling is the variety of choice in this region; it rivals its more famous neighbour the Clare Valley in the production of high quality white wines from this variety. As usual the red wine variety profile is dominated by Shiraz and Cabernet

Henschke have achieved world wide fame for their red wines headed by their iconic red wine Hill of Grace. If you have less than $500 to spend on a bottle of wine Henschke also have a range of other wines including some superb reds, Rieslings and the more recent addition of several other alternative varieties.

Yalumba's winery lies just within the the boundaries of Eden Valley although they are more closely associated with the Barossa.  They have an impressive history of Introducing new varieties, most notable Viognier in the nineties and noughties, but the lis below shows that they are doing much more.

Another notable product of the region is Irvine's Grand Merlot, which is the flagship wine for that variety in Australia. 

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Alternative varieties in the Eden Valley

  • Chaffey Bros Wine Co Kerner
  • Eden Hall Gruner Veltliner, Sangiovese
  • Fernfield Wines Gewurztraminer
  • Hartz Barn Wines Lagrein
  • Heathvale Sagrantino
  • Henschke Barbera, Gewurztraminer, Graciano, Gruner Veltliner, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo
  • Irvine Petit Meslier, Savagnin, Tannat, Zinfandel
  • Kyara Montepulciano
  • Matilda's Estate Denmark Chenin Blanc
  • Levrier Petit Meslier, Zinfandel
  • Lonely Vineyard Arneis, Montepulciano
  • Max and Me Gamay
  • Radford Wines Alicante Bouschet
  • Rileys of Savagnin
  • Springton Hills Montepulciano, Nero d'Avola
  • Stage Door Gruner Veltliner
  • Torzi Matthews Negroamaro, Prosecco, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Trebbiano
  • Wroxton Wines Gewurztraminer
  • Yalumba Wine Company Marsanne, Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Verdejo, Vermentino
Updated 8 Jan 2024

Visiting the Eden Valley

This region is just to the north of Adelaide, bordering its better known neighbour the Barossa Valley.

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