The last wine region to talk about that is still only a short drive from Adelaide, (approximately one hour south east of Adelaide) is Langhorne Creek. Langhorne Creek is an area with just as much history and heritage as the other wine regions close to Adelaide. The idea here, is to give you some information on the wineries in the region to give you an idea of where you might want to visit before you book a wine tour with us.
The Langhorne Creek Wine Region
Langhorne Creek is one of Australia’s oldest, most significant wine regions and regarded as one of the best kept secrets in Australian Viticulture. Langhorne Creek gets its name from Alfred Langhorne, a cattle drover during the 1840s who brought animals overland to a property known as Langhorne’s Station.
In 1850, Frank Potts settled in the area after travelling through the region and recognising the potential of the ancient flood plain. He planted the first grapes at what is now heritage listed Bleasdale Winery in the 1860s.
The 113 year old Shiraz vines on the Metala property are the oldest existing plantings in the area. These still produce premium wine grapes for Metala Black Label wines and Brothers in Arms, their own label.
The region has seen vast growth since the early 1990s where approximately 440 hectares of vines has grown now to almost 6000 hectares.
Established in 1850 by Frank Potts and now, 167 years later is still run by the Potts Family. Senior winemaker, Paul Hotker, recently was awarded the 2018 Wine Companion Winemaker of the year by James Halliday. The winery had retained its Halliday red five-star status for the fifth year in a row with several of their wines rated 95 or above in the 2018 edition of the Halliday Wine Companion.
Varieties include a Cabernet Blend, Shiraz Cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec, Rare Verdelho, Rare Tawny, Grand Tawny and other blends.
The same family has owned and grown grapes here for over 130 years and making their own wine since 1987. Since then they have won 43 trophies and over 140 gold medals at major Australian wine shows. With facilities for events, a bed and breakfast and the Handpicked Festival every November, there are lots of extra things to see and do here.
Several varieties are available, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Grenache, Chardonnay, Vermentino, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Merlot and blends.
Purchased in 1985, Bremerton Lodge was an irrigated Lucerne farm. In 1988 their first wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon, was produced. This was followed up in 1991 with a Shiraz. The first grapes were planted in 1991. After a major flood in 1992 where all the Lucerne was drowned, a decision was made to pursue the wine grape industry. The Cellar door opened in 1994. Today they have a range of up to 18 wines which are exclusive to the Cellar Door and Bremerton Wine Society.
There is a range of varietals including sparkling Chardonnay, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Vermintino, Fiano, Rosé, Barbera, Graciano, Malbec, Tamblyn, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Blends and Fortifieds.
Angas Plains Wines
Wine production began in 2002 with a Cabernet Sauvignon and every year since some sort of expansion has continued. From 2010 to 2016, Angas Plains Estate were awarded a 5 star rating from James Halliday. Due to a delay in bottling the red wines in 2017 (to ensure the best quality) the rating was dropped to 4 stars.
The varietals available here include Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tawny, Sparkling Chardonnay and red and white blends.
While not a winery itself, the Winehouse offers “a fantastic tasting experience”. With a collection of local labels you are sure to find something you like. Available for lunch from 11am to 4pm with a relaxed and tranquil setting. There are also a variety of function spaces available for weddings, conferences or private functions.
Wine labels available here are Ben Potts, Gipsie Jack, Heartland, John’s Blend and Kimbolton. The varietals include Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Moscato, Pinot Gris, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Dolcetto & Lagrein, Montepulciano, Chardonnay and many blends.
But that’s not all!
This is just a small selection of the wineries that are in Langhorne Creek. Maybe you have your own favourite you would like to visit, just tell us when you make your booking and our journey co-ordinators will make sure it is on the tour.
For something different, you could include a visit to the Meechi Brewery, a craft beer producer with tastings available.
Want to do a wine tour of the Langhorne Creek wine region and visit some of the wineries mentioned? Book now with SmartBus and have a great day out!