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Johann Gottlob Schrapel and his family arrived from Silesia on the George Washington in 1844. This was just eight years after South Australia was settled. Like many Silesian migrants, they travelled by ox cart to Bethany (Bethanien) and established the Barossa’s first settlement.
Johann planted the first vineyard in 1852 from cuttings carried from Europe. He built a wine cellar and had reputation as a winemaker. Despite this our family were grape growers for the next four generations.
In 1981, fifth generation brothers Robert and Geoff established Bethany Wines. They built a winery in the quarry where the early pioneers had hewn stone for their homes. They crushed 2 tonnes of Shiraz and Riesling, launching the next chapter of the Schrapel wine story.
Eden Valley is a cool climate region nestled between 400 and 600 meters above sea level and is part of the Barossa and Mount Lofty Ranges. It is rough, rocky country that belies its ability to produce wines of great delicacy and finesse.
The soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock with red clay soils and sandy, silty loams interspersed with schistic gravels. The cooler climate of the Eden Valley allows fruit to experience longer ripening periods which is perfect for flavour accumulation and intensity.
The Eden Valley grapes were harvested early at optimum maturity. The grapes were picked in the cool of the night and then gently pressed by an air bag press to collect the best free run juice for this wine with only minimal skin contact. The clean juice was then sent into cold fermentation to gain the optimum varietal fruit expression of the vineyard into the wine and gaining crisp acidity to reflect the dry style.
Picked from a single vineyard in Eden Valley, the pure fragrant nose of white peach, grapefruit and orange blossom is a celebration of Riesling. The palate is defined by flavours of green apple, chalky acidity and bright crisp natural acid.
Try it with oysters natural or grilled white fish.
Will continue to improve with careful cellaring for up to 5 years.
Don’t just take our word for it…
“Ultra-restraint here with a waft of florals, lemony bath salts, chalky-citrussy acidity and refreshing on the palate. Still tightly coiled, dry to the core and finishes long. “ – 93 POINTS, James Halliday Wine Companion 2018