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The History and Significance of Elderton Wines

The story of Elderton Wines traces back to 1894 when the Scholz family, early German settlers, planted the vineyard on the banks of the North Para River in Nuriootpa. However, it was not until 1916 when Samuel Elderton Tolley acquired the property that it was named 'Elderton.' Tolley, recognizing the potential of the estate, built a grand homestead and sold the fruit to his family's winery. For many years, the vineyard flourished, but it fell into disrepair during the vine pull era around 1975.

The Revival: A Remarkable Endeavor

In 1980, Lorraine and Neil Ashmead were presented with an enticing proposition: "If you buy the house, I will give you the surrounding 72 acres of old vines for nothing." Seeing the potential of the sprawling homestead for their growing family, the Ashmeads tirelessly embarked on a journey to salvage and restore the magnificent treasure that was the Elderton vineyard.

Finally, in 1982, the first wine under the Elderton label was crafted. Despite facing challenges, the unwavering vision of the founders prevailed, leading to Elderton's emergence as a key catalyst in the rejuvenation of the Barossa Valley. The pinnacle of their success came in 1993 when Elderton won the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy, earning national acclaim.

A Global Reputation for Excellence

The international wine community quickly recognized the richness, vibrancy, and distinctiveness of Elderton wines from the Nuriootpa vineyard. They have become renowned as quintessential examples of the finest wines the Barossa Valley has to offer. Elderton's dedication to producing traditional wines has earned them a loyal following around the world.

A New Generation: Preserving Tradition and Expanding Horizons

In 2003, the baton was passed to the second generation as brothers Cameron and Allister Ashmead took the helm of the Elderton business. They shared a strong commitment to upholding the traditions established by their predecessors on the Nuriootpa vineyard. In their quest to elevate the family company, the brothers formulated a plan to acquire exceptional vineyards in significant sub-appellations of the Barossa.

By embracing sustainable practices, they ensured a bountiful legacy for future generations of the Ashmead family. In 2007, Elderton acquired a remarkable vineyard in Craneford, located in the Eden Valley. This was followed by the purchase of a vineyard on the northeast corner of Greenock in 2010. In 2023, the family expanded their holdings with the acquisition of a fourth vineyard at Mengler Hill.

A Captivating Cellar Door Experience

In 2017, the Elderton Cellar Door made a transformative move from a small cottage on Tanunda Rd to the iconic Elderton Homestead. This relocation allowed visitors to immerse themselves in the rich heritage of Elderton wines. The Cellar Door offers a beautiful space, featuring a main tasting room for a relaxed style of tasting, as well as private rooms for curated tastings, Commander experiences, and more. Situated amidst the Nuriootpa vineyard, the Elderton Cellar Door promises unforgettable experiences for all who visit.

Experience the Timeless Elegance of Elderton Wines

Indulge in the exquisite craftsmanship of Elderton wines, a testament to the rich history and unwavering dedication of the Ashmead family. Explore the distinctive flavours and character of Barossa Valley wines by discovering Elderton's collection today.

Visit The Reserve Cellar now to explore Elderton wines and create lasting memories.

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