At over 500 metres above sea level, Heggies Vineyard is a single site vineyard in the high country of Eden Valley, producing truly individualistic cool climate white wines.
The close-planted vines are grown in a thin layer of grey sandy loam over clay and decomposed rock. The vines compete vigorously for moisture and nutrient in this ‘lean’ soil, encouraging roots to dig deep where it is moist and cool throughout all seasons. The high altitude and year-round cooler climate of our Eden Valley vineyard also allows the leaf canopy on our vines to grow thicker and provide more shade for the fruit for longer. The grapes are then able to ripen slowly and develop the sublime flavours Heggies Vineyard wines are renowned for. Equal attention is given to the areas surrounding the vines and the actual vineyard itself. Replanting native vegetation to create conservation areas adjacent the vines has created a sanctuary for birds, insects, kangaroos and other wildlife, and ensures the sustainability of the natural environment.
Darrell Kruger has been tending vines in the Barossa and Eden Valleys for near on 40 years. He is passionate about growing grapes, fighting the elements and working with the land to produce the best possible fruit. He says that tailored vineyard management and the flexibility it affords are essential. "At times Heggies Vineyard is a challenging and unpredictable site, so we manage each micro-site or block within the vineyard individually." He adds, “Trellising and canopy structure is varied from vine to vine, as are pruning regimes and row spacings, depending on aspect and soil type within the vineyard. This allows the vines to develop their own character and personality.” You would think that Darrell would see enough vines at work, however he also has a small vineyard at home. Such is his passion for viticulture.
As approachable as the wines she creates, Teresa Heuzenroeder is the award-winning winemaker of our Heggies Vineyard wines. Intelligent, funny and dedicated, Teresa has an extensive scientific background, initially specialising in food and wine chemistry before entering the wine industry as a microbiologist. Her progression to winemaking was inevitable, and she now has more than 11 years of senior winemaking experience under her belt. A graduate of the 2001 Forum for Young Australians, which handpicks 100 young adults who can demonstrate a level of excellence beyond their professional work, Teresa now specialises in the cool climate wines of the Heggies Vineyard portfolio.