John Edwards truly fell in love with wine while dining at a farmhouse restaurant on the banks of the Loire River. Reflecting on his time as a young cellar hand in Australia, he discovered what wine with a true sense of place tasted like. It was this encounter, as well as the romance of growing grapes, that led him to establish The Lane Vineyard.
Along with wife Helen, John led a two-year search for land with the aspect and soils they wanted for their vineyard. In 1992 they discovered Ravenswood Lane, high in the Adelaide Hills, just minutes from historic Hahndorf.
Planting their vineyard in 1993, they named their wine business The Lane Vineyard. Helen and John agreed from the beginning their story would be more of a message about place – about their spot of land and an irrepressible family passion for good food and great wine. Sons, Marty and Ben, have since joined the business, demonstrating that the talent for good winemaking runs in the family.
From the very first wines produced under the Ravenswood Lane label in 1996, John’s belief in the terroir was rewarded with exceptional wines. A joint venture with the Hardy Wine Company followed with John as the Vigneron behind the well-recognised Starvedog Lane label.
When an international beverage company bought Hardys in 2005, John seized the opportunity to fulfil his dream, leaving Hardys to build his own winery, cellar door and restaurant in the heart of the vineyard.
The Lane Vineyard sits 400 metres above sea level and consists of 70 hectares of vineyard. Shaped by the altitude and southerly latitudes, the cooler climate is ideal for growing grapes destined to become wines of distinction, with impressive structure, minerality and natural acidity. North-facing single vineyard sites maximise autumn sunlight for later ripening varietals, while south-facing sites favour aromatic whites and sparkling wines. Grapes grown include shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, semillon, sauvignon blanc and pinot gris.
With a philosophy of minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery, The Lane’s viticulture practices reflect biodynamic principles. They take their responsibilities as custodians of their precious parcel of land seriously, conserving water, protecting local flora and fauna and using renewable energy.
All the wines produced at the Lane are single vineyard drops, ensuring a consistent quality across the range. Heritage Wine “RG”, a tribute wine to Helen’s father Reg, is their flagship. The fruit is pressed to barrel and left to ferment naturally, with no additives. This results in a great length, impeccable structure and natural acidity as well as an even balance and textural complexity. It’s best paired with crayfish, spatchcock, seafood, chicken or Asian food.
Taste the full range at the Lane’s dining room, where chef James Brinklow, along with his team of chefs, produce elegant dishes that pair perfectly with the wines on offer. Coupled with a priceless view of the vines, it’s a dining experience to remember. You will understand why John said, “Luxury comes from something made with effort. It gives a pleasure out of the ordinary, one that heightens your senses and has a touch of the unexpected.”