Prue Henschke


As a current custodian of the Henschke vineyards, botanist and viticulturist Prue’s days are divided between various Henschke ‘gardens’. In the oldest garden, Hill of Grace Vineyard, the original plantings are over 160 years of age. The gardens include: 109 hectares of vineyard, 32 hectares of native trees and 150 hectares of bushland under conservation.

Prue has been a pioneer in restructuring the Henschke vineyards with new trellis types and better soil management using permanent swards, green waste compost and mulches, which has led to the adoption of organic and biodynamic practices.

Prue has used her botanical expertise from her university studies in botany and zoology to bring the native flora back into the vineyard by planting native grass swards and nectar-providing plants for beneficial insects.

Prue has received many accolades over the years for her outstanding contribution to the wine industry, most recently she was announced as the inaugural inductee in the James Halliday Hall of Fame.

Prue is a great leader for all of the wonderful women in the Henschke family business, and a proud mum and ‘Grannie-Prue’ to her children and grandchildren.

    Accolades and Awards


    James Halliday Hall of Fame (Australian Wine Industry): Inaugural Inductee


    Australian Society of Viticulture & Oenology: Admitted as a Fellow


    International Sustainable Winegrowing Award: Gold Medal Winner Delicious Produce Awards: Outstanding Viticulturist


    Australian Women in Wine Awards: Viticulturist of the Year


    InStyle Australia Women in Style Awards: Environmental Award


    Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine: Joint-Winemaker of the Year


    Selection for the Australian Rural Leadership Program Course 7


    Volvo/WINE Magazine: Nominee, Winemaker of the Year


    Barons of Barossa: Viticulturist of the Year


    Advance Australia Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Wine Industry SA Rural Women of the Year: Regional Finalist


    International Wine Challenge: Joint Red Winemaker of the Year


    Fifth and Sixth Generations