The Henschke family is one of the longest-established wine names in the Barossa Valley. Johann Henschke fled for the new colony of South Australia from Germany in the 1850s, to escape religious persecution from the Lutheran church. A skilled farmer, he planted a small vineyard and an orchard, and after initially making wine for family consumption, produced his first commercial vintage in 1868, believed to be principally Riesling and shiraz.
Each generation has built upon the reputation of quality but it was the fourth generation Cyril Henschke who in 1958 created a wine, which has most captured the wine worlds attention – Hill of Grace. His first vintage of this Shiraz was produced in 1958.
Today, the fifth generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue, uphold the family name and reputation as winemaker and viticulturist respectively. The highly revered and much sought after Hill of Grace is at the apex of the range however the Mount Edelstone Shiraz and the Cyril Cabernet have forged their own niche with red wine lovers everywhere.
Prue’s meticulous vine management has sparked a new life into the venerable vineyards as well as proffering a new direction in producing world-class white wines as evidenced by the immaculate Julius Riesling and Lenswood Pinot Gris.