Liberty Wines welcomes Henschke
Liberty Wines is delighted to be appointed UK agent for Henschke, one of Australia’s most renowned, family-owned wine producers. The wines will be launched at the Liberty Wines Annual Portfolio Tasting in London on 14th January.
Henschke celebrated 150 years of family winemaking in 2018. Fifth generation winemaker Stephen Henschke took over running the winery in 1979 and, together with his viticulturist wife Prue, they have taken their two single vineyards, ‘Hill of Grace’ and ‘Mount Edelstone’, and transformed them into two of Australia’s most sought-after wines. Their three sites in the Eden Valley and their ‘Lenswood’ vineyard in the Adelaide Hills are all farmed using biodynamic principles, with Prue at the forefront of re-introducing native plants to improve biodiversity.
Stephen Henschke comments: “We have had a long history of selling our wines to customers in the UK going back to the mid-1980s, leading the fine-wine story from Australia. We would like to thank Enotria&Coe for their hard work over the last decade establishing a strong base for Henschke in the UK. We are confident that Liberty Wines’ expertise with Australian wines and its broad customer base will enable us to build on our success to date.”
David Gleave MW, managing director of Liberty Wines, adds: “Henschke is a world-class addition to our premium Australia portfolio, perfectly complementing our existing South Australia producers and strengthening our offering from the Eden Valley. Prue and Stephen’s firm commitment to quality, sustainability and innovation, combined with their wealth of very old, low-yielding vines, is giving wines of exceptional quality, which we look forward to selling. It is also nice to see that the future of the estate is in safe hands as the next generation - winemaker Johann, marketer Justine and ambassador Andreas - is now actively involved in the family business.”
Photo: Old vine in the Henschke Hill of Grace Vineyard, Eden Valley