The origin of the Australian
Winery in the area Eden Valley
(South Australia) dates back to 1841, when Englishman Joseph Gilbert (1800-1881), who had immigrated two years earlier, purchased more than 6,000 hectares of land at great altitudes of over 500 meters. He planted a table grape variety and used it to make his first wine. In 1847 he began to experiment with several varieties and planted the first major vineyard in the Eden Valley. In the 1920s, there was a decline and later came the vineyard owned by Geoffrey Angas Parsons. He sold the vineyards to Wyndham Hill Smith (1909-1990), the head and chairman of the Hill Smith family, owners of the wine-making empire Yalumba
, Yalumba reactivated the vineyards and planted the vineyards with Riesling. This variety is ideal for the high altitude and the cool climate. They built on old clones that had their origins back to the famous viticulture pioneer James Busby
(1802-1871). The vineyards now comprise 25 hectares, which are planted exclusively with the Riesling. It produces long-lasting wines under the names "Riesling" and (from high altitude) "The Contours Riesling". The winery already used in the 1970s Screw caps
instead of natural corks and looks back in this respect on a long experience. Winemaker is Louisa Rose, who also works for the winery, which also belongs to the Yalumba empire Hill Smith Estate
(also Eden Valley) is responsible.