I am a writing Novelist from Austria - www.bettinabuechel.com/entangled_souls.asp - I am living in South Australia since December 2010 and enjoy it a lot. Besides this I look after a small vineyard - www.lot333wines.com.au
Published July 9th 2012
The Langhorne Creek wine region is located in the Fleurieu Peninsula, only about an hour drive from Adelaide city. The region is famous for their old grown Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Especially during the winter season we like to visit this calm place, where most of the cellar doors are so close to each other, that you have to cover only short distances. Not that well-known as the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale, the wine region Langhorne Creek is also much more manageable. With enough rain fall, a cooling evening breeze from Lake Alexandrina and dry warm summers, it's a perfect place for growing wine grapes.
The following three vineyards with their unique cellar doors are in my opinion worth a visit.
The Bleasdale Vineyard is home of Frank Potts. Read the whole story about this famous farmer and winemaker on their homepage. It is really interesting. The wine-tasting in their historic shed is somewhat different to others. The wide range of wines are placed on barrels, where you can take your glass and pour yourself a drink. But don't be shy, there is always a person behind the counter, with whom you can talk about their wines. In addition to their premium wines, they offer a range of very affordable red wines, which are perfect for every day drinking. The cellar door opens its door 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm.
Two young ladies are managing the vineyard and won with just 25 years their first trophy for their premium Cabernet. We really enjoyed the wine-tasting, because it was very informative and they made their entire range of wines available for tasting. We took a bottle of the "Coulthard Cabernet Sauvignon" with us and stayed for lunch. If you can arrange this, just do it. They offer local produce platters and homemade pizzas in a friendly atmosphere and you have the choice to sit outside (if the weather is fine) or inside. The cellar door opens its door 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm.
The slightly different wine cellar. Located in a detached house we were not sure, whether we are allowed to enter. But a friendly lady beckoned us. And so we learned a lot about the difference of the Clegget Wines. They produce the first (and perhaps the only) WHITE Cabernet Sauvignon registered as Shalistin. To be honest, a very special wine, but for sure a good one, if you like the taste. We decided instead to take a couple of bottles of "The Pearl Rose" with us. The cellar door opens its door 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm.