Hot dry summers balanced by cool autumn nights make the Canberra region perfect for creating great wines. We raise our glass to one woman winemaker championing the cool climate wine country. Celine Rousseau from Eden Road Wines.
Hailing from Paris, trained in Bordeaux and honing her skills in Chateaux, Champagne and Languedoc, as well as in Western Australian wineries, one of Australia’s best winemakers has chosen Canberra’s cool climate wine country to call home. Highly decorated winemaker and manager at Eden Road winery in Murrumbateman, Celine Rousseau was plying her trade in High Country NSW, prior to making the switch to Canberra.
“I like making cool climate, high country wines – it’s close to the winemaking that I know best from France. Canberra is one of Australia’s smallest wine regions yet it produces the most elegant and subtle Riesling and Shiraz,” Celine says.
While Celine doesn’t necessarily believe in comparing Australian wines with European wines, she says, “there are similarities between Canberra Shiraz and the Rhone Valley Shiraz in France, such as Hermitage and St Joseph. Spicy and subtle, the Canberra Region is producing amazing Shiraz that will age beautifully.” Specialising in Shiraz and Riesling, Eden Road also makes wines from established vineyards in Gundagai, Tumbarumba, and the Hilltops; tapping in to wines from other cool climate vineyards that complement the Canberra Region.
Eden Road has been purchasing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Tumbarumba as well as making Sangiovese from Gundagai. In an exciting move for the winery and Celine herself, next year she plans to add Tempranillo and Fiano from Gundagai to Eden Road’s delectable collection.
On the future of the Canberra Wine District, Celine thinks diversity is key. She says “Canberra winemakers have already planted alternative varieties such as Tempranillo, Grune Vertliner and Graciano…ultimately, we’re going to start seeing even more choice for consumers. The icons of the Canberra Region will remain Shiraz and Riesling and we at Eden Road will continue to focus on making the very best of these varieties.”
Eden Road Wines
3182 Barton Highway, Murrumbateman NSW
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