Eden Valley – Barossa’s Beautiful High Country  

 The high country of Eden Valley is one of Australia’s premier cool climate wine regions, characterised by its rugged beauty and varied topography, with vineyards scattered across rolling hills, sharing the terrain with grazing land, rocky outcrops, remnant bushland and ancient gums. Eden Valley is the Barossa’s Garden of Eden. 

Defined by cool climate, ancient soils and later ripening, Eden Valley wines are distinctive in their character, displaying wonderful aromatics, elegance, complexity and finesse. Most famous for its Riesling, Eden Valley also produces world class Shiraz and a range of traditional and alternative varieties. This is cool climate Barossa. 

With a wine making history dating back to 1847, Eden Valley is home to some of the world’s oldest Shiraz and Riesling vineyards. Fifth and sixth generation descendants of the original settlers continuing to apply their craft, joined by a new generation of settlers, with a common focus on sustainability and authenticity. 

The influence of altitude 

 

Eden Valley’s elevated topography and resulting cooler climate influences wine character in a number of ways. The longer season sees the final stages of ripening occur in mid to late autumn, in much cooler conditions.

The resulting varietal flavours and structure are influenced by the higher acidities, resulting in wines that are fresh, vibrant, delicate and elegant. Red varieties tend to display more herbal and savoury characters; red to blue fruits, spice, pepper and earthiness. Whites are typically vibrant and fresh, with dominant citrus characters and minerality. Harvesting in these cooler conditions ensures the grapes are at their very best prior to crushing. 

Eden Valley’s elevated topography and resulting cooler climate influences wine character in a number of ways:

  • The longer season sees the final stages of ripening occur in mid to late autumn, in much cooler conditions.
  • The resulting varietal flavours and structure are influenced by the higher acidities, resulting in wines that are fresh, vibrant, delicate and elegant. 
  • Red varieties tend to display more herbal and savoury characters; red to blue fruits, spice, pepper and earthiness.
  • Whites are typically vibrant and fresh, with dominant citrus characters and minerality. 
  • Harvesting in these cooler conditions ensures the grapes are at their very best prior to crushing. 

Eden Valley’s defining characteristics 

 

Beautiful: The wines, the vineyards, the captivating landscape, the picturesque scenery, the preserved natural environment, the old homesteads and churches, the character of the people. 

Cool: The elevated cooler climate of Eden Valley is what defines the region and the wines as a unique part of the Barossa. 

Elegant: Characteristic of the wines; balanced, inviting and captivating, expressing their sense of place with purity and style. Charming and delightful surroundings. 

Unspoilt: Not exploited or overdeveloped, with vineyards, grazing land and natural bush in balance with the environment. 

Hidden Gem: Off the tourist track, a place of beauty waiting to be discovered – Barossa’s Garden of Eden. 

Authentic: No fancy frills, real people, down to earth, hard work, tradition of generations, plenty of passion, the culture and heritage of the region. 

Sustainable: Traditional grape growing, dry grown to minimal irrigation, caring for and protecting the environment, increasing move to sustainability, organics & bio-dynamics. 

Finesse: In the wines, delicate and elegant, pure and structured, balanced and focussed. In the people, the pursuit of perfection in applying their craft. 

Artisan: Single vineyards, craft, passion, the enchanting cottage industry feel of the grape growing and wine production. Big in Eden Valley is small everywhere else. 

Eden Valley Statistics 

 

Eden Valley and Barossa Valley collectively form the Barossa wine region. Located east of the Barossa Valley, Eden Valley forms part of the Barossa Ranges, with an altitude ranging between 380 to 629 metres. The area is not a valley as such, but a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, rocky outcrops, remnant bushland, river valleys and big red gums. Its topography is such that it consists of many micro-climates and is ideal for smaller single vineyards that can capitalise on the special terroir.  

Eden Valley is a part of the Barossa Zone Geographical Index (G.I.) 

Map Coordinates 

 

34° 35’ S 

Altitude 

 

380-629m (1247-2063 feet) 

Heat degree days, Oct-Apr 

 

1390 

Mean January temperature 

 

19.4°C (67°F) 

Relative humidity, Oct-Apr, 3 pm 

 

Average 44% 

Harvest 

 

Mid Mar-End Apr/Early May 

Source: Barossa Vintages 

 

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