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Eden Valley’s winemakers have strengthened a long-­‐held belief that riesling is the region’s most complementary variety with the creation and use of an Eden Valley Riesling proprietary bottle.

Launched in 2011 with the support of 12 small winemakers, the collaborative effort continues with the release of riesling’s from the 2012 vintage into the national retail and direct sales markets. A South Australian first, the bottle is generating interest and enquiry about its origins from consumers.

Fifth generation Eden Valley winemaker Stephen Henschke was one of the first to sign up for the proprietary bottle, commenting: “Eden Valley has a rich winemaking history dating back to 1847 so it’s only fitting we continue to support the message and encourage our fellow riesling winemakers to join the cause”.

The relief design of contoured rows and rolling hills synonymous with Eden Valley connects region to variety and brings an enquiring touch to the traditional antique green riesling bottle. “This elegant ‘stamp’ signifies pride of association and pride of region, and hopefully gives our loyal and future Eden Valley Riesling enthusiasts confidence at linking this distinctive riesling style to its origins,” says Henschke.

For James March, Communications Manager of the Barossa Grape & Wine Association, seeing this concept come to fruition is testament to a tight-­‐knit community of winemakers prepared to back their regional identity. “David Barnett of Hartz Barn Wines was one of the key drivers of this project that started many years ago. It has been a great collaborative effort since to find a marque of sorts to signify wine quality, provenance and community.”

“The wine businesses who were prepared to invest in the region and its branding, to take the risk and investment in a challenging market should be commended for this insightful move,” he continued.

Eden Valley is home to some of the oldest riesling vineyards in the world, now in the hands of fifth and sixth generation custodians, who continue to use traditional grape growing practices of sustainability and authenticity.

In some instances – and as best as can be determined – the origin of these riesling vines, and in later years its clones, can be attributed to the James Busby collection brought to Australia in 1832.

The collaborative group of 12 Eden Valley winemakers is:

- Brockenchack

- Chateau Tanunda Estate

- Edenmae

- Flaxman Wines

- Hartz Barn Wines

- Henschke

- Poonawatta Estate

- Radford Wines

- Riley’s of Eden Valley

- Seppeltsfield Wines

- Tim Smith Wines

- Thorn-­‐Clarke Wines