The origin of the Australian
Wineries in the area Eden Valley
(South Australia) was in 1841 when the Englishman Joseph Gilbert (1800-1881), who had immigrated two years earlier, bought over 6,000 hectares of land at great altitude up to over 500 meters. He planted a table grape variety and made his first wine from it. In 1847 he started experimenting with several varieties and planted the first major vineyard in the Eden Valley. There was a decline in the 1920s and later the vineyard came into the possession of Geoffrey Angas Parsons. This sold the vineyards to Wyndham Hill Smith (1909-1990), the head and chairman of the Hill Smith family, owner of the wine production empire Yalumba
, Yalumba reactivated the vineyards and planted Riesling on the vineyards. This variety is ideal for the high altitude and the cool climate. They built on old clones that date back to the famous wine pioneer James Busby
(1802-1871). The vineyards now cover 25 hectares that are planted exclusively with Riesling. Long-lasting wines are produced under the names "Riesling" and (from a high altitude) "The Contours Riesling". The winery was already in use in the 1970s Screw caps
instead of natural cork and has a long experience in this regard. Winemaker is Louisa Rose, who is also part of the winery that also belongs to the Yalumba empire Hill Smith Estate
(also Eden Valley) is responsible.