In 1964, Karl Seppelt pioneered viticulture in Henty,
envisioning it as an optimal cool region for crafting sparkling and delicate
aromatic wines. Nestled in undulating terrain, and renowned for prime grazing
and quality wool production, Henty has become a haven for wine enthusiasts
seeking elegance and craftsmanship.
The gentle autumn ripening period, coupled with low but
high-quality yields, gives rise to wines that reflect the unique character of
the region. Positioned to the east of South Australia's Coonawarra, Henty
boasts a standout variety in Riesling, with each winery showcasing its
Situated in the far south-west corner of Victoria, Henty
offers a culinary experience where local produce—lamb, beef, seafood, cheese,
and more—perfectly complements the exquisite wines. Named after the first
family to settle in Victoria in the early 1800s, the Henty wine region spans a
vast area from the Hopkins River to the South Australian border, concentrating
wine production in Hamilton, Tarrington, Heywood, Condah, and Drumborg.
Key Facts about Henty:
Total Vineyard Area: 139 hectares
Latitude: -38.433 (southernmost point)
Altitude: 0-458 meters
Growing Season Rainfall: 291mm
As one of the coolest wine-growing regions on the Australian
mainland, Henty produces quality wines in cold temperatures. Abundant sunshine
hours create growing conditions reminiscent of the Canterbury Plains in the
South Island of New Zealand or European climates like Burgundy. Notably, Henty
is making a distinct mark with varieties such as Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay,
and Pinot Noir.
Vineyards predominantly feature older Basalt soils:
weathered basalt with gravelly loam topsoil over red clay. Recent plantings
incorporate rich black volcanic clays, maritime sandy loam over limestone, and
patches of Terra Rossa over limestone.