men, women and families who stand behind Eden Valley Wines are successful
grapegrowers and winemakers in their own right. Some are fifth- and sixth-generation
stalwarts of the Eden Valley wine industry; others are more recent arrivals,
lured by the success and beauty of a great Australian wine region.
Saviours”, the 12 principals of Eden Valley Wines, are:
Bob Berton, veteran of 22 years in wine company management
in NSW and SA, who planted his own Eden Valley vineyard in the mid-1990s.
John Dawkins, former Australian Government Minister,
has returned to the land at his Innisfree vineyard near Eden
David Hall, a consultant Adelaide spinal surgeon, who
in the 1990s established a vineyard near Springton and now produces wine
under his Eden Hall label.
Stephen Henschke, fifth-generation Eden Valley winemaker
and head of one of Australia’s most respected wine companies.
James Irvine, patriarch of Eden Valley winemakers with
than 50 years in the industry and a driving force in promotion of
Joanne Irvine, following in the footsteps of father James,
but making her own mark among Eden Valley’s innovative
Trevor March, former viticulture lecturer who has led
family in reviving the historic Heathvale vineyard and winery
south of Keyneton.
Peter Seppelt, fifth-generation member of the famous
Australian wine dynasty and now running the family’s Grand Cru Estate
south of Springton.
Richard Sheedy, using more than 15 years’ industry
to now make Glen Eldon wines from the family’s vineyard east
Brian Waples, long a leader in Barossa wine management
and now also an Eden Valley vigneron and small winemaker.
Richard Wiencke, former journalist who turned to grapegrowing
in the early 1990s and later launched the Eden Springs wine label.
Ian Zander, third generation vigneron who has worked
almost 50 vintages on the family’s Wroxton Grange vineyard near
duties for Eden Valley Wines are in the hands of Stephen Henschke and
James and Joanne Irvine. They are charged with selecting the best of the
members’ fruit and wine for the Eden Valley Wines label.