Avon Brae vineyard.

The Eden Hall vineyard was established in 1997 in the high country of the beautiful Eden Valley.

In total there are 33 hectares under vine with red varieties consisting of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot and white varieties including Riesling, Viognier and more recently Grüner Veltliner.

The ancient soils at Eden Hall vineyards consist of deep sandy grey loams over fractured rock conducive to growing top end grapes. The vineyard is scattered with majestic red gums that are a key feature and quite unique to the Eden Valley area.

Eden Hall employ innovative land management practices where native perennial grasses, predominantly wallaby grass (Danthonia Species) have been established in the vineyard mid-rows to provide a drought tolerant approach to viticulture. The deep rooted characteristics of native perennial grasses improve soil profile and permeability, thus reducing the dependency on irrigation. The presence of native grasses help to achieve a significant reduction in the abundance and distribution of undesirable pest plants. This in turn reduces the use of chemicals to control weeds while assisting with soil stabilisation and enhancing vineyard biodiversity.

Eden Hall utilise straw mulch and compost under vine to help improve the overall quality of the fruit. Mulch reduces the reliance and dependence on irrigation while improving soil biota and significantly reducing the use of herbicide. The straw provides many benefits by retaining soil moisture and reducing soil temperature during extreme heat events.

As a mixed farming enterprise Eden Hall utilise sheep in the vineyard during the winter months. Sheep are grazed on a rotational system thus reducing the reliance on tractors and diesel consumption.

Eden Hall’s commitment to the environment has been considerable with the revegetation and fencing of a creek line that flows into the Marne Saunders catchment. The planting of thousands of native trees and shrubs endemic to the area in woodlots and around the vineyard, has enhanced the aesthetics and provided habitat for various native bird species that frequent the vineyard.

We embrace the philosophy of producing high quality wine grapes using eco-friendly, sustainable land management practices that ensure both long‐term landscape and viticultural viability.

The Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are all excellent, the red wines outstanding…

James Halliday Wine Review
James Halliday – Wine Companion