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Stephen and Prue’s daughter Justine is born
Johann Christian Henschke
Paul Gotthard Henschke
Paul Alfred Henschke
Cyril Alfred Henschke
Stephen Carl Henschke
Johann Stephen Henschke
Christian and family travel from Kutschlau, Silesia, aboard the Skjold, to South Australia. Sadly his wife and two of his children do not survive the 98-day voyage.
Christian settles in Lobethal, Adelaide Hills with his two remaining sons, marrying Dorothea Elisabeth Schmidt the following year.
Taking the Oath of Allegiance allows Christian as a naturalised citizen to buy land in his own right. He purchases 70 acres in Krondorf in the Barossa Valley.
August Henschke, Christian’s son, leases land at Parrot Hill in the Eden Valley, donating a corner of his acreage for the Gnadenberg (Hill of Grace) Lutheran Church.
Nicolaus Stanitzki plants the vineyard at Parrot Hill, which would become known as Hill of Grace.
Christian purchases a further 80 acres in the Hundred of North Rhine (Keyneton) for his son Gotthard – this becomes the home of Henschke.
The first recorded sale of Henschke wine. The early vintages from a small vineyard on the property produce 300 gallons.
Gotthard marries Johanne Mathilde Schulz.
Christian passes the Henschke farm and winery on to Gotthard, for a transfer fee of 5 shillings.
Expanding his vineyard holdings, Gotthard purchases the Hill of Grace vineyard.
Henschke now producing 1,600 gallons of wine, but with vintage variation, 1902 saw a lower yield of 1,400 gallons.
Alfred marries Johanne Ida Selma Stanitzki, granddaughter of Nicholaus Stanitzki.
Ronald Angas plants a 16 hectare shiraz vineyard near Henschke called Mount Edelstone.
Paul Alfred took over the property
Cyril Alfred was born
Cyril made several additions to the winery and built a fermentation cellar
Alfred officially hands over the business to Cyril.
Louis purchased the Hill of Grace vineyard from his father
Paul Alfred retired and Cyril took on the role of winemaker
Mount Edelstone 1956 Shiraz wins first prize at Royal Agricultural Society Grand Easter Wine Show in Sydney
First Hill of Grace shiraz is produced
Cyril builds underground tunnels for storing bottled wine
Cyril purchased the Thyer Eden Valley property
Centenary celebration of Henschke cellars
Cyril Henschke is the first Australian winemaker to be awarded a Churchill Fellowship
Cyril becomes a founding member of the Barons of the Barossa
Stephen completes a Bachelor of Science degree at Adelaide University
Stephen and his wife Prue spend two years working at the Geisenheim Institute of Viticulture and Wine Technology in West Germany
The first vintage of Cyril Henschke was to be released
Stephen took over the reigns of the family winery
Stephen and Prue purchase a 13 hectare apple orchard at Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills.
Stephen and Prue’s son Johann is born
Following devastation of the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires, vineyard planting begins at Lenswood
Stephen and Prue’s daughter Justine is born
Prue commences mass selection to select the best genetic material from the Mount Edelstone and Hill of Grace vineyards
Prue takes on current role as viticulturist for Henschke
Qantas Cup is awarded to Cyril Henschke 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stephen and Prue spend vintages in Burgundy and Bordeaux
First Lenswood vineyard wines are produced
Stephen and Prue’s son Andreas is born
Sydney International Wine Competition Air New Zealand ‘Pride of the Paci c’ Trophy for Lenswood Abbotts Prayer 1989
Double Gold Medal InterVin International for Mount Edelstone 1990
Henschke celebrates its 125th anniversary
UK International Wine and Spirit Competition Trophy for the Best Shiraz Worldwide for Mount Edelstone 1992
Prue awarded Viticulturist of the Year by Barons of the Barossa
US Wine & Spirit Wineries of the Year Hall of Fame Inductee
Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year Award
Advantage SA Barossa Regional Awards Sustainability Award
Business Australia (SA) Hall of Fame Inductee
SA Wine Industry Association inaugural Environmental Excellence Award
Henschke Hill of Grace is awarded a Barossa Trust Mark
Primary Industries & Region SA, Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment, Wine Award
Prue awarded Australian Women in Wine Award Viticulturist of the Year
Hill of Grace 2012 is named Best Shiraz and Wine of the Year, Halliday/Qantas epiQure Wine Companion Award
Henschke celebrates 150 years of family winemaking
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