We are very proud custodians of the family Estate, located in Nuriootpa, where all of Elderton’s icon wines are produced. In recent years we have been able to acquire other significant sites around the Barossa to further showcase the diverse regionality that exists within the appellation.
Our winemaking team works very closely with our vineyard team throughout the year, to produce premium quality fruit with a focus on long term sustainable production, low yields, low irrigation and minimal inputs.
Originally planted by the Scholz family in 1894. We are very proud custodians of the original Elderton estate in Nuriootpa, which grows the fruit for our icon wines Command Shiraz and Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon.
Location: On the banks of the North Para River in Nuriootpa
Soil: Alluvial river silt soils over red and brown clays with limestone beneath
Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Originally planted by the Helbig family in 1915. Purchased by the Ashmead family after vintage 2010. This vineyard sits in its own little valley on the northeast corner of the hamlet of Greenock, also bordering on the Moppa sub appellation of the Barossa.
Location: Just outside Greenock, on the western ridge of the Barossa
Elevation: 330m – 350m
Soil: Free draining and rich in ironstone, changing through to very sandy loam at lower points
Varieties: Shiraz, Grenache, Carignan, Mataro, Cinsault
Planted by the Obst family in 1990 and purchased by the Ashmead family in 2007. This vineyard lies just south of the small township of Craneford. Like other Eden Valley locations, the soil and climate varies quite considerably from that of the Barossa Valley floor. It is generally wetter and cooler and the soils tend to be skeletal and minerally. Aspect also varies significantly, with rolling hills and valleys providing much site variation.
Location: Deep in the Eden Valley ranges
Elevation: 390m – 425m, aspects vary significantly with rolling hills and valleys
Soil: Shallow loamy sand over granite bedrock
Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Chardonnay
Mengler Hill vineyard
Originally planted over 100 years ago by the Pohler family. This vineyard is one of the highest altitude vineyards in the Barossa, sitting atop Mengler Hill, with amazing views down through both the Eden and Barossa Valleys. Purchased from the Matchoss family in 2023, the Mengler Hill vineyard encompasses everything that the Ashmead family love about the Barossa.
Location: Atop Mengler Hill
Elevation: Around 500m, with varied aspects due to the topography
Soil: Shallow, skeletal, grey sandy loam with quartz gravel over weathered rock and yellow clay-based soils
Varieties: Shiraz, Grenache, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Viognier