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.
Brooke Howell has tended our vines in Eden Valley for ten years. She is passionate about growing grapes and working with the land to produce the best possible fruit. She is an avid researcher and industry leader and advocate, sharing her knowledge with those she works alongside to tackle issues in Australian viticulture collectively. Brooke’s extensive trial work in vineyards across South Australia has equipped her to individually manage each micro-site within the unpredictable Heggies Vineyard site. 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. Brooke works with these challenges, allowing the vines to develop their own character and personality that become evident in the wines.
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.