Henschke is a wine estate in South Australia that produces a range of wines from the Eden Valley and surrounding subregions. It is particularly known for the intense, full-bodied Hill of Grace, made from Shiraz vines that are up to 150 years old, and its sibling from the Mount Edelstone vineyard. The former is one of the most expensive wines to be made in Australia, whilst the Mount Edelstone Shiraz is often thought of as being similar quality at a more affordable price.
Founded in 1862 by Silesian immigrants, Henschke is one of the oldest wine producers in Australia, and remains under the ownership of the family. Winemaker Stephen Henschke, educated at the Geisenheim Institute in Germany, and his viticulturist wife Prue are generally considered to be among the leading wine authorities in the country.
A wide range of wines are made from a handful of different vineyards, which are farmed according to biodynamic principles. Three of these are in the Eden Valley, in the cooler part of the Mount Lofty ranges just to the east of the Barossa Valley. The Hill of Grace vineyard is regarded as the hallowed ground of the Australian wine industry and has 20 acres (8ha), of which half is planted to low-yielding vines on their own rootstocks. The oldest block is known as the Godfathers; these vines date from the 1860s and are amongst the oldest in the winemaking world. While the Hill of Grace wine is made from Shiraz, the vineyard also has Sémillon, Riesling and Mataro (Mourvèdre) which go into other labels in the portfolio.