One of the first Australian wines to enter the Six Nations Wine Challenge this year is McLaren Vale’s Battle of Bosworth. They have entered one of their red wines (Huon Hooke’s choice) hoping to take on the Americans, Chileans, Argentineans, New Zealanders and the South Africans for a trophy. The judging is in Sydney during August and Huon Hooke is Australia’s judge. Read.
Located in Willunga, to the south of the McLaren Vale township, Edgehill Vineyard was established in the early 1970s by Peter and Anthea Bosworth. Willunga itself was settled in approximately 1837 and Bosworths have been growing grapes in the district on and off from the late 1840s. Son Joch Bosworth took over the management and day to day running of the vineyards in 1995, and set about converting the vineyards to certified organic viticulture from this time.
Traditionally a region of mixed agriculture from the earliest pioneer days, Willunga grew wheat, sheep, stone fruits and barley, as well as dairy cattle and almonds. Almonds were an important part of the local economy in the 1950s and 1960s, but Willunga was unable to compete with the Riverland region’s unrestricted access to water for irrigation and cheap land for almond growing, and the industry fell into decline. Many of the commercial almond groves became derelict as a result, and Edgehill Vineyard was established on one such property.
Battle of Bosworth Wines was established in 2001 by Joch Bosworth and partner Louise Hemsley-Smith and wines are made from vines that were planted in the early 1970’s by Joch’s parents.
Visit their web site which includes a blog – interesting reading.