Eden Valley Wines
PO Box 642, Nuriootpa SA 5355
Telephone/Facsimile: 08 8562 4590
Contact: Kerry Ward
contactus@edenvalleywines.com.au

The 12 grapegrowers and winemakers
known as “The Saviours” are:

 
Bob Berton
Having spent 10 years in New South Wales as Chief Executive Officer of DeBortoli Wines and three years as CEO of Miranda Wines, Bob and wife Cherie established Berton Vineyards in South Australia’s Eden Valley in 1996. First vintage of Berton Vineyards in 1999 – all 1.75 tonnes! – was delivered to Miranda Wines. Subsequent vintages have been delivered to Mountadam, with the Bertons retaining a small parcel that they have dubbed Bonsai Shiraz and sold under their own label. Bob became CEO of Rossetto Wines in Griffith, New South Wales, in December, 2000, engineered its change to Beelgara Estate, and left in September, 2004, to concentrate on the Bertons’ newly established vineyard at Myall Park, NSW, and to develop the business of Berton Vineyards Pty Ltd in Eden Valley.
Contact: Berton Vineyards bberton@bertonvineyards.com.au


 

John Dawkins
After 11 years as a Minister in the Australian Government, John Dawkins and wife Maggie started planting their vineyard “Innisfree” at Eden Valley. Named after the Yeats poem, the vineyard has become a refuge and a welcome return to agriculture after a long, enforced separation. Innisfree’s three hectares each of Chardonnay and Shiraz now produce fruit typical of Eden Valley, which has readily found a home with some of the notable wineries of the Barossa. The Dawkins say their involvement with Eden Valley Wines is a way of helping the world to appreciate the outstanding qualities of this wine-growing region.

 

David Hall
A consultant spinal surgeon in Adelaide, capital city of South Australia, David followed many other medicos in developing a taste for fine wines. He and wife Mardi fell in love with the Eden Valley in the mid-1990s and bought the historic Avon Brae pastoral property. David and Mardi have now realised a dream by planting their own vineyard and producing wines under the Eden Hall label – and contributing grapes and wine to the Eden Valley Wines range.
Contact: Eden Hall Wines www.edenhall.com.au

 
Stephen Henschke
Fifth-generation Eden Valley winemaker and a descendant of an original German Silesian Lutheran settler, Johann Henschke, who arrived in South Australia in 1841.
Winemaker and Managing Director of Henschke Winery since 1979 and, in partnership with viticulturist wife Prue, oversees one of Australia’s most respected family grapegrowing and winemaking enterprises.Stephen has a passion for producing exceptional Eden Valley Riesling and Eden Valley Shiraz, such as from the 100-year-old Mount Edelstone and Hill of Grace vineyards.
Contact: Henschke Wines www.henschke.com.au

 
James Irvine
With more than 50 years in winemaking and wine marketing, James has seen and been part of many changes in the Australian wine industry. He was involved with Hardys, Dalgety Wine Estates and Saltrams in their formative years. James has been responsible for a number of icon wines, both directly and through his wine consultancy business. With wife Marjorie, he has played a key role in promoting the Eden Valley region and the wider Barossa zone. Recently relinquished the running of his wine consultancy to daughter Jo, to allow him to concentrate on the family company, Irvine Wines.
Contact: Irvine Wines www.irvinewines.com.au

 
Joanne Irvine
Born and educated in the Barossa, Jo was a theatre nurse for 16 years before deciding to enter the world of winemaking. Jo graduated with an oenology degree from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, and has worked in a number of Australian and American wineries, developing a particular affection for the Zinfandel variety and making it part of the Irvine Wines portfolio. Now helps father James with viticulture, winemaking, marketing and distribution for Irvine Wines, as well as helping others through the Irvines’ Wine Wise consulting company.
Jo was awarded the International Wine Challenge Red Winemaker of the Year in London in 2006.
Contact: Irvine Wines www.irvinewines.com.au

 
Trevor March
Trevor is a former Lecturer in Viticulture and now heads a family business which includes wife Faye and children Sally and James. Between them, they have revived the historic Heathvale vineyard and winery in the eastern Eden Valley. Trevor takes an experimental approach to grapegrowing, striving for a balance of “terroir” and wine quality by using different trellis and pruning systems. Co-director of Heathvale Wine Pty Ltd with son James, the author of “The Winemaker’s Essential Phrasebook’, published by Mitchell Beasley in 2004.
Contact: Heathvale Wines www.heathvalewines.com.au

 
Peter Seppelt
Peter is a fifth-generation member of the famous Seppelt wine family and, with his partner Roz Tatton, is running the Grand Cru Estate vineyard and winery in Eden Valley.  Peter graduated with a degree in agricultural science and an associate diploma in wine marketing from the acclaimed Roseworthy College.  At Grand Cru he is responsible for viticulture and winemaking, as well as general sales and marketing.  Peter produces small quantities of premium white and red wines, ports and sherries under the Peter Seppelt Wines label, and also contributes fruit and wine for the Eden Valley Wines range.  Peter and Roz have recently opened their new cellar door and Grand Cru Wood Oven Pizza Restaurant.
Contact: Peter Seppelt Wines www.peterseppeltwines.com.au

 
Richard Sheedy
Richard is the proprietor/winemaker of Glen Eldon Wines, using more than 15 years’ experience in the wine industry to produce very limited quantities of truly regional wine.
His involvement in Eden Valley Wines is to protect the regional name and to ensure that only the best wines of the district are released under the Eden Valley Wines brand. Richard says he wants to help raise the profile of Eden Valley, which already has international recognition for its high-quality wines.
Contact: Handcrafted Wines www.handcraftedwines.com.au

 
Brian Waples
Brian says he and wife Virginia have been involved with the wine industry “for ever”! Brian has worked for Penfold’s and as General Manager of Grant Burge Wines, and is now Chief Executive Officer of the Lindner Group; Virginia is a lecturer in small business management and legal studies, and manages the family’s Swingbridge Wines business. The Waples’ vineyard north of Eden Valley township includes Shiraz planted in the 1920s. The vineyard’s micro-climate produces elegant fruit for small volumes of wine bottled under the Swingbridge label. Brian’s summary: “The Eden Valley – magnificent country, history, premium wine, quality lifestyle and regional pride makes this ‘home’ for our family.”
Contact: Swingbridge Wines, PO Box 555, Tanunda SA 5352

 
Richard Wiencke
Richard and his wife, Meredith Hodgson, saw themselves as mere pups in the ranks of members of Eden Valley Wines – having been in the region for only 12 years when the group was formed. When journalist Richard and newspaper proprietor Rupert Murdoch parted company in 1992, Richard and Meredith bought the property known as Eden Springs. They rejuvenated 30 acres of old vines and planted another 20 acres, and began their Eden Springs label in 2000. Richard and Meredith joined the “Saviours” because of their faith in the Eden Valley’s future as a premium Australian wine region. Sadly Richard passed away in 2005 whilst tending the vineyard he so much loved, and the property has now been sold.

 
Ian Zander
Ian is a third-generation vigneron and has worked almost 50 vintages on his family vineyard property, Wroxton Grange, near Angaston, which dates from 1845. The grapes that Ian and wife Jo have contributed to the Eden Valley Wines Riesling came from their 60-year-old vineyard on the cool eastern slopes of the Barossa Ranges. The couple also selects the vineyard’s premium fruit for Riesling and Shiraz wines to offer to the guests of the bed-and-breakfast business which Jo runs in the Wroxton Grange homestead. Ian and Jo are handing on their heritage to son Ben, who now works the vineyard with his father after graduating
from university.
Contact: Wroxton Grange www.wroxton.com.au