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The Elderton Wines Blog

Welcoming Wilton Hill to the Family


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We continue to invest in the future of Elderton.

Late last year the Ashmead family was ecstatic to hear the news that we were the successful bidder on one of the Barossa’s most remarkable vineyards.
Perched high up on the Eden Valley side of Mengler Hill, the vineyard has existed for over 100 years and has a long track record of producing exceptional wines that have equal amounts of richness and grace.

With old vine Shiraz, Cabernet and Riesling, and some outstanding plantings of Grenache also on the property, Wilton Hill encompasses everything that we love about the Barossa.

Since announcing the news, we have been inundated with congratulatory notes from many of Australia’s and the world’s most highly regarded wine publications, and from much of the esteemed winemaking community here in the Barossa.

With the highest points of the vineyard sitting around 550 metres above sea level, the manicured vines have an enviable view over stunning sunrises down through the Eden Valley and majestic sunsets looking down and across the Barossa Valley.

The 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.

old vine bush vine grenache Mengler Hill Vineyard Elderton Wines

Bush vine Grenache at our new Mengler Hill 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. Both Al and Cam believe this vineyard will help in our vision to be one of the world’s most revered producers of full-bodied red wines that are proudly Barossan. This vineyard will become a cornerstone, along with our Greenock vineyard, and of course our original Estate vineyard in Nuriootpa.

Along with the talents of our experienced and passionate vineyard, winemaking and cellar door teams, Wilton Hill will also 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.

While we will continue to honour contracts for the people who have supported this vineyard in the past, we are looking to release small amounts of great things in the coming year. Watch this space!


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Story from our newsletter, the Elderton Buzz – March 2023 edition

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