Haha. Joke is on us. Eden Valley actually isn't a valley, in fact its pretty much the high point of the hills that skirt the Barossa Valley in the Mount Lofty ranges. Can you believe it? Valley, but not a valley? Haha. Oh man, we kill ourselves laughing.
Meanwhile, the Eden Valley really is no laughing matter…in fact it's one of the best places to grow grapes in South Australia. Cool climate, perfect sloping vineyards, terrace rows of vines and a spectacular back drop of the Barossa Ranges all contribute to make one of the Australia’s great wine producing regions.
Just ask the famous Henschke family who have created some of Australia’s most iconic wines from the region's old vine vineyards, including their famed Hill Of Grace Shiraz. If that isn't an endorsement for the quality of the region, then the raft of high-end producers who scramble for Eden Valley fruit should be. It’s also a bonus that a lot of the plantings in the region are ancient vines. The Eden Valley pretty much has it all.
Shiraz is sensational. Fine, elegant and cool in its restraint, it's a variety that looks very different in Eden compared to the wines on the Barossa Valley floor adjacent. Other alternative red varieties are coming into form too, but the white wines, especially Riesling, Semillon and Chardonnay, are the best varieties to hunt down. In fact it is home to some of Australia's greatest Riesling vineyards and therefore produces some of Australia’s most delicious white wines.
Meanwhile, we're still getting our heads around the whole Valley-on-top-of-mountain thing. Time for another Eden Valley wine.