Eldredge Vineyards – Opened December 1994
Eldredge Vineyards cellar door opened in December 1994 after many months of renovating an 80 year old stone cottage.
Situated on the Spring Gully scenic drive route it has become one of the best kept secrets of the Clare Valley due to not only it’s unique location but also the National & International award winning wines.
Located directly west of Sevenhill, we are on the boundary of the Clare valley at 440 metres above sea level overlooking the Blyth Plains, with vineyard rising to 530 metres at its highest point. It is an excellent tourist destination and vineyard site which produces high quality Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, Malbec and Riesling.
Eldredge wines are produced from 100% Clare Valley fruit, our focus being to create affordable wines of premium high quality that reflect not only our character, but also that of the wonderfully unique Clare Valley.
News and Milestones
Recently Decanter Magazine (UK) voted the Eldredge 2009 Blue Chip Shiraz in the Top 10 from 160 Australian entries.
In 2004 the Eldredge Blue Chip Shiraz was also chosen amongst 500 entries by leading wine writer and Chief wine tasting panelist for Qantas Airlines Len Evans, as the Shiraz to be proudly served on all Qantas International Business Class flights in 2005.
As a fifth generation member of a Blyth Plains family which once specialised in mixed farming, Leigh has extensive knowledge of the Clare Valley and its surrounding areas. In 1997 Leigh was acknowledged for his deeply complex and well structured Cabernet Sauvignon at the Adelaide Wine Show, awarded the Professor A J Perkins Trophy and Top Gold for his 1995 Eldredge Cabernet Sauvignon. In doing so he left a wealth of Australia’s top Cabernet producers and boutique vineyards envious of his achievement.
In 1993 along with Andrew Pike, Leigh planted the first Sangiovese vines in the Clare and in 1998 produced his first commercially available Sangiovese. His appreciation for old world styles and winemaking techniques coupled with his ability to inject innovation and capitulate the terroir has carried him through to becoming a top Clare Valley wine grower.
In the 2004 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge, out of 264 entries and judged by the highly credentialed and experienced panel of James Halliday, John Duval, and Stephen Henschke, the Eldredge Vineyards 2002 Blue Chip Shiraz was awarded a Gold Medal beating such highly acclaimed names such as Kilikanoon, Wolf Blass Grey Label, Fox Creek and Grant Burge among others. Significantly, this Clare Valley red was a gold medal winner at the Melbourne Wine Show in 2003 and also figured in the highly sort after taste-off for the Jimmy Watson Trophy.