«Welcome to Eden Vineyard!»
Robert Eden – well-traveled winemaker and visionary
Practice makes perfect who wants to become a master. With wine, of course, this is somewhat difficult... But Robert Eden was lucky enough to have grown up in a vinophile family. And so, as a child, the legendary Johnson wine atlas fell into his hands. While Robert's friends were reading Mickey Mouse, he was learning about wine at the highest level. At the age of 12, he was allowed to sniff the wines that his father served to his illustrious guests under his father's guidance.
Barely of age, he was drawn – no wonder! – he was drawn to the wide world of wine. So he found himself in Australia as a so-called «cellar rat». From a jumper and assistant, however, he quickly worked his way up and finally learned the trade with the big names. After years of apprenticeship and travel in Tuscany, Burgundy, Bordeaux, America and Spain, he fell in love with the South of France. He knew immediately that he wanted to live there. But wine freak that he is, he left nothing to chance when choosing his domicile: he tasted hundreds of wines from different localities. Those from Minervois La Livinière were clearly the best. Robert Eden was lucky: a château was for sale, and at a ridiculous price. The Briton did not have to think long and acquired the estate in April 1994, but unfortunately there was a proverbial corpse in the cellar, of which he only got wind in October: The grapes tasted awful. Wine was out of the question. Okay, the weather conditions were miserable. It was just stupid when the story repeated itself the following year – under the best possible conditions. Now it was clear that Robert Eden would have to go in a completely new direction.