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Wine and Art at Signal Point
There's a brand new place to visit in Goolwa, at The Goolwa Wharf, of course, where all good things are happening. It's Langhorne Creek's new Pop-up Cellar Door and it's a cracker.
You'll find it in the downstairs gallery at Signal Point. From the wharf, head up the steps, across the deck and through the glass doors. It's open every day until January 8, then Friday till Sunday throughout January.
I paid $10 for a 'wine flight' of generous pours comprising three whites and three reds. The wines are from the various wineries located in Langhorne Creek wine region including Bleasdale, Bremerton, Lake Breeze, Angas Plains, Temple Bruer, Windsong and more. The tasting wines are rotated so that you can visit more than once and try different brands and varieties. Guess who'll be going back again? For further study of course.
Goolwa is Australia's very first Cittaslow, or 'Slow Town'. Cittaslow is all about taking time out to think about what we should be doing and how we should be doing it. So I sipped slowly, read the wine notes and came to the conclusion I was doing exactly the right thing in the correct manner.
I tasted a special release Vermentino, an aromatic Pinot Gris and a sweet and sparky Moscato. The whites were followed, in due course, by my very favourite blend; Mataro, Shiraz and Grenache. Then a fruity Malbec and finally another blend of Shiraz, Cabernet and Malbec.
I knew that my $10 tasting fee was refundable on purchase so I felt a decision coming on. I planned to buy only one bottle since I knew I'd return for more but I enjoyed the Mataro, Shiraz and Grenache blend so much I bought two.
Allow yourself some time to settle in and enjoy the experience when you visit Langhorne Creek's new pop-up Cellar Door. You may well be enticed to visit the wine region itself. It's closer than you think.