Nepenthe: described by Homer in The Odyssey as an Egyptian herbal drink so powerful that it eases grief and banishes sorrow from the mind.
In 1994, the Tweddell family purchased a premium property in the sub-region of Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills. The property was carefully selected and planted to 24 hectares of vines with the intent of producing premium wine. Proven varieties such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc were planted, as well as interesting varieties such as Zinfandel and Pinot Gris. In 1996, Nepenthe received approval to build its winery, only the second in the Adelaide hills at the time (the first being Petaluma in 1978).
BUSHFIRE UPDATE: Posted on the Nepenthe Wines facebook page on December 25, 2019.
Our hearts are heavy for those who have been affected from the fires across the country, particularly those in our backyard. So as the sun rises on this Christmas Day, our thoughts are with those who are working hard to protect and keep us all safe during the holidays, including our winemaking, viticulture and cellar door team who are working around the clock to assess, nurse and tend to our own vineyards. Be safe, and we hope you have some happy moments on this Christmas Day as we look forward into the new year.
Show your support for the Adelaide Hills region and Nepenthe Wines by visiting their cellar door in Balhannah or purchasing their wines direct.