Named after the proprietor of the 19th century mail coach service which once ran through their property, Henry's Drive Vignerons is the wine operation of the Longbottom Family of Padthaway. Today Henry's Drive Vignerons have extensive vineyards of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot with small plantings of Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Providing choice and complexity, the vineyards are on both terra-rossa soils over limestone and sandy loamy soils over limestone with the majority single cordon spur pruned and high trellised to allow airflow and to avoid frost damage. The Henry's Drive Reserve Shiraz is sourced from a single vineyard. This Reserve block is slightly elevated, situated on a hillside surrounded by towering eucalyptus. The soil is sandy loam interspersed with limestone outcrops - perfect for producing fruit of the highest calibre.
Kim Longbottom, who has been the sole owner of Australia’s Henry’s Drive Vignerons since the death of her husband Mark ten years ago, announced that she has turned the page to the next chapter of her wine life with the creation of Vintage Longbottom.
This new enterprise formally introduces Kim’s daughter Margo Longbottom to the wine industry, though she is no stranger to it. Margo was raised alongside the vines that her parents owned and is a witness to her mother’s successful running of the family’s winery and brands after her father tragically lost his battle with leukemia.
Vintage Longbottom will shift the focus from their home-base property and vineyard in South Australia’s Padthaway region to McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. It is from these two regions that the Longbottom women will source sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz for their wines that will continue in the Henry’s Drive and “H” label