The Adelaide Hills is one of South Australia’s favourite wine region, not only because it is so close the CBD, but because of the quality of wines from the region. Better known for its Chardonnays, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines, our key interest this month… Riesling.Here we discuss the regions history and a little about our Adelaide Hills Riesling “Ein Riese”.
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Traditionally the Adelaide Hills was home to the Peramangk people, and the lower foothills the Kaurna people. And in 1802 Mount Lofty, the highest point in the Adelaide Hills was named by Matthew Flinders. Between 1836 and 1839 many European settlers arrived, establishing Adelaide Hillsvillages, such as Stirling, Crafers and Hahndorf. In 1836 the first South Australian vineyard was planted in North Adelaide, however John Barton Hack, the owner, pulled the vineyard and replanted in Echunga Springs. In 1843 Hack sent a case of wine made from the vineyard to Queen Victoria.
We source our grapes for our “Ein Riese” from Scott and Kerry Hicks vineyard, Yacca Paddock. Located in the Kuitpo region of the southern Mount Lofty ranges in the Adelaide Hills, Yacca Paddock is approximately 360 metres above sea level and on average 2.5 degrees cooler than McLaren Vale. It is planted on very old podsolic soils over an ironstone/gravel base. The Ein Riese is made as an off-dry German Style Riesling, “Ein Riese” is German for “a giant”. Perfect for this Riesling and perhaps one of Ben (Mr.) Riggs favourite creation.
Clare Valley Riesling, or more specifically Watervale Riesling. Such few words that can immediately make you think "world class wine". The reputation of Clare Valley is outstanding among wine destinations. Being one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, the Clare Valley has so much history to it. But for us it’s all about Watervale, a little town south of Clare, where we source our fruit for our Watervale Riesling.
So for those interested, here we have compiled some information regarding the history and terrain of Clare Valley and Watervale.
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Originally Clare Valley was home to the Ngadjuri Aboriginal People. The Ngadjuri have a rich history of art, as is visible by the many cave paintings around the area, storytelling and stargazing. In 1839 the first European settlement was established. Many of the settlers came from England, Ireland, and Poland. In the 1840's the first vineyard at Sevenhill, a sub-region of Clare Valley, was planted. Watervale’s place in the history of the Australian wine industry is significant. The first five acres of grapes for commercial use were planted by Francis Treloar in 1853. Most of the Clare Valley’s grapes are grown between 400 and 500 metres. The higher altitude of the valley means cooler nights, even in summer. The season starts and finishes earliest in the southern part of Clare Valley. Budburst usually occurs by mid-September and Harvesting in early/mid-March.
There you have it a little information for you about the history and climate of Clare Valley and Watervale.