Langhorne Creek, Langers to its friends, may not be the highest profile of SA’s wine regions but it is certainly one of its most genuine. Written by Nick Ryan.
The fraction of extra effort required for a visit to either the Adelaide Hills or McLaren Vale is generously repaid by a region where the wines are as genuine and honest as the people.
Anyone with an interest in agriculture will marvel at the ingenious system of flood irrigation used to harness floodwaters from the Bremer and Angas Rivers for more than a century. Wine historians will understand the significance of the famous Metala Vineyard that surrounds Guy Adam’s brilliantly designed new winery and provides the heart of his excellent Brother’s in Arms wines.
“And stop by the Cleggett wines cellar door just so you can be one of the handful of people to say you’ve tasted the random mutations of cabernet sauvignon, shalistin and Malian, occuring only in this one vineyard.”
The importance of the Potts family can be seen at both the historic Bleasdale winery owned by the family for 160 years and the nearby Winehouse, where young gun Ben Potts shows his tasty wares.
Bremerton and Lakes Breeze are the must see cellar doors for anyone who wants to see just how good the Creek’s wines can be and Rusticana is a worthwhile stop not only for its very good wines but for the fact that it must be the only cellar door in the world that looks out over fields of horseradish rather than vines.
And stop by the Cleggett wines cellar door just so you can be one of the handful of people to say you’ve tasted the random mutations of cabernet sauvignon, shalistin and Malian, occuring only in this one vineyard.
Now it’s fair to say that a wide and varied range of accommodation options is not really a Langhorne Creek strong point. Perhaps the best advice I can give is at least one of you keep it together enough to head back to the Hills, or down towards the coastal towns of Goolwa or Victor Harbour.
Otherwise you might be spending a long night cuddled up in the car. Expect the unexpected in Langhore Creek
Lake Plains Road, Langhorne Creek (08) 8537 3182
Wellington Road, Langhorne Creek (08) 8537 3001
Bremerton Cellar Door
Strathalbyn Road, Langhorne Creek (08) 8537 3093
Step Road Langhorne Creek (08) 8537 3017
Lake Plains Road, Langhorne Creek (08) 8537 3086