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Winemaker – 2004 to 2018

Christa Deans commenced wine studies in 1976 at Roseworthy College, during which time she gained valuable winemaking experience in Germany, France and Austria. In 1982 she joined the winemaking team at Wolf Blass wines, rapidly developing her talents in white wine and sparkling wine production.

Christa is a white wine specialist and acknowledged by her winemaking peers as a forerunner and innovator in the production of premium quality Eden Valley Riesling. Christa’s winemaking style clearly stamps the footprint of the vineyard, to maintain the fruit’s identity and integrity through to the finished wine – terroir, structure, fruit purity and the ability to evolve and improve with aging are the hallmarks of her craft. Eden Hall’s Eden Valley vineyard produces consistently outstanding fruit and has been entrusted into the safe hands of Christa Deans since our first Riesling vintage in 2004.

Whilst Eden Hall is known for its high quality noble varieties, we also believe that the Eden Valley can provide an ideal environment to nurture some particular alternative varieties. With this in mind we have led the way by grafting Gruner Veltliner in 2012 and it has been particularly gratifying to see it thriving adjacent to its natural soulmate, Riesling. With Christa’s European experience she has enthusiastically embraced the challenge of a new variety for the Eden Valley with outstanding results on the release of our first Eden Hall Eden Valley Gruner Veltliner in 2015.

There is no winemaker in Australia better credentialed than Christa Deans to produce elegant white wines of purity.