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Langmeil Historic Winery

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published December 30th 2012
Finding Freedom in the Barossa Valley
Langmeil Historic Winery Barossa Valley
Gate to history

Langmeil Winery in the Barossa Valley offers both fine wines and a heritage setting.

The property was first settled in 1842 by pioneering settler Christian Auricht thus forming one of the district's first villages.

You can still see the remnants of this old settlement as thankfully the area has not been overly modernized for tourists.

Rather the rough hewn heritage is everywhere you look: in the tiny blacksmith's shop, the old hooped barrels and even the ancient vines.

langmeil winery barossa valley
Shoes off and feet washed please

During the downturn of wine sales in the 1980s the vineyard was neglected and falling into ruins then in 1996 it was bought by local residents, the Lindner and Bitter families.They restored the old buildings and tended the neglected gardens and vines.


Three and a half acres of the original Shiraz vines were revived and the first hand picked vintage was in 1997.

I'm a history lover rather than a wine connoisseur so while others toured the vineyard and poured into the tasting room I spent my time photographing the atmospheric old farm buildings.

As well as old homes there seemed to be an original bakery, cobbler's shop and a butcher's shop.

Lots of farmyard heritage
Lots of farmyard heritage

As the disease phylloxera wiped out the vines in Europe, Auricht's vines planted from cuttings are thought to form the oldest surviving Shiraz vineyard in the world from this period.

History is interesting in all its many guises

Wonderful old stone buildings

There was also a boarded up well which was once the centre for trade in the village. One can imagine the olden days of trading and gossip.

Pump at old well

Joining the others in the rustic tasting room I did get a few glorious samples. Those with better taste buds than mine will be happy to know that James Halliday awarded the 2008 vintage of Langmeil's The Freedom 1843 Shiraz, 97 points, one of the highest scores ever awarded by this esteemed critic.

Fittingly it was named The Freedom 1843 Shiraz because the Aurichts came to Australia from Prussia to avoid religious persecution -- like the many who have come after them they wanted the freedom to worship as they saw fit.

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Why? To imbibe in fine wine and sip history
When: The Freedom 1843 Shiraz Vineyard Tour & Tasting available most days, please book ahead to confirm availability Cellar Door open 7 days 10.30am to 4.30pm
Phone: 8563 2595
Where: Langmeil Road, Tanunda
Cost: Free to have a look around
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Very well researched while you are on tour Nadine.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11309) 3549 days ago
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