Ferdinand Vorwerk first settled in Eden Valley in 1860. He planted a small vineyard of Shiraz in 1880 and the Poonawatta story began. The property changed hands in 1890 and again in 1922, and in 1966 the property was acquired by the Holt family.

The Holt/Heggie family has a long history in Eden Valley, starting when James Heggie arrived from Scotland in 1855 and became a pastoralist and vigneron of note.

His great-granddaughter, Sue Holt and husband John purchased the Poonawatta property in 1966 and commenced the restoration of the 1880 planting of Shiraz vines, which had been neglected for many years prior.

147 years after the family first settled in Eden Valley, and with a history built on six generations of Eden Valley heritage, we released the first Poonawatta wines in 2002.


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