The Ashmead family has bought the highly acclaimed Wilton Hill Vineyard in Eden Valley from the Mattschoss family.
Second generation owners of Elderton, Cameron and Allister Ashmead, say they have “seized a once in a generation opportunity” that secured ownership of one of Eden Valley’s most extraordinary and unique vineyard sites.
The vineyard is one of the highest altitude vineyards in the Barossa, sitting atop Mengler Hill.
With 60 hectares of land and 23.75 hectares of vines, Wilton Hill has amazing views down through both the Eden and Barossa Valleys and has a track record of producing elite single vineyard wines.
“Planted over 100 years ago, the vineyard has an embarrassing array of viticultural riches and will complement Elderton’s other remarkable vineyard sites in both Nuriootpa and Greenock, which also boast centenarian vineyard blocks,” Elderton co-managing director Allister Ashmead says.
“With old vine Shiraz, Cabernet and Riesling, and some outstanding plantings of Grenache also on the property, Wilton Hill encompasses everything the Ashmead family love about the Barossa.
“Perched high upon the hillside of the Eden Valley, at around 500 metres, this beautifully positioned vineyard has shallow, skeletal, grey sandy loam with quartz gravel over weathered rock and yellow clay-based soils.
“The mix of these soil types, more rainfall than the Barossa average and the higher altitude allowing slow ripening, are highlights of the vineyard.
“Wilton Hill has a proven ability to create wines that are elegant, packed with flavour and full of finesse.
“We are fortunate to bring this amazing vineyard into our treasured estate holdings.
“Along with the talents of our experienced and passionate vineyard, winemaking and cellar door teams, we believe that this vineyard addition will cement our position as a real contributor to the Barossa’s future success story through growing and making some of Australia’s most delicious and sought-after wines.”