Introducing Langhorne Creek
Langhorne Creek wineries enjoy a history that dates back to the 1860's. The Langhorne Creek map shows a flat, river delta landscape that showcases spectacular vineyard sites and collection of both generational wine growing families and more recent contributors to the winemaking culture of the region.
The regions cellar doors offer a unique insight into the staples of grape and wine growing and making, particularly with the iconic styles of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet at the forefront. The region is rich with generous wines and generous hospitality. Langhorne Creek food and local produce is an additional highlight of any visit to the region which keep people going back. The best place to enjoy both Langhorne Creek food and wine is at the inaugural Langhorne Creek Wine Show.
Where is Langhorne Creek?
Langhorne Creek is located just south of Adelaide, South Australia. Wineries are a relatively short drive from central Adelaide. Using major roads, the drive to Langhorne Creek cellar doors is under one-and-a-half hours in total.
Langhorne Creek Climate
Langhorne Creek wineries enjoy seasons that are affected by the onshore southerly winds blown directly from the ocean. The regions map will show the proximity to both the ocean and Lake Alexandrina, both significant in the premium growing conditions. Langhorne Creek wineries are known for warmer climates, fuller flavoured wine styles that often show elements of cooler climate winemaking in herbal notes and saline acidity.
Unique Characteristics of Langhorne Creek
Langhorne Creek wineries are known for producing wine that is approachable reasonably early, and for cellaring (approximately) to mid-term, rather than long term. That being said, some of the more traditional, generational Langhorne Creek wineries have marquee wines that are known to cellar for extremely long periods, with great drinking success. Langhorne Creek Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon tend to be generous in flavour, ripe in fruit profile and luscious in their expression of the region.
Wines to try from Langhorne Creek
Langhorne Creek Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are the red grape staples of the wine growing region. The Langhorne Creek wine show suggests that a breadth of grape varieties and styles are grown and made in the wine region, but good old Langhorne Creek Cab Shiraz is generally the highlight.
Langhorne Creek Shiraz produces bold, richly flavoured, generous red wines of moderate to higher alcohols and showcases dark fruit, spice, choc-berry characters and suggestions of mint or eucalyptus. Langhorne Creek Shiraz also typically finishes with a round softness, supple tannin, and occasionally saline acidity. Langhorne Creek Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are also often blended with Shiraz, to create wines of early complexity and additional dimension.
Cabernet Sauvignon and blends
Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz is arguably the iconic blend of the region, however Langhorne Creek Cab Sav also has a place produced as a single variety expression. The wines produced by Langhorne Creek wineries using Cabernet Sauvignon tend to be soft, silky, in the red berry spectrum with suggestions of mint, eucalyptus and green herbs. Langhorne Creek Cab Sav is often blended with Langhorne Creek Shiraz to create spicy, savoury, juicy red wines of great depth and interest.
Must see Langhorne Creek Wineries
Langhorne Creek wineries first appeared in the 1860's and the region continues to be one of Australia’s oldest wine growing areas. Langhorne Creek cellar doors can thank journeyman Frank Potts who recognised the region’s potential for grape growing and for establishing Bleasdale Winery and Potts Family Wines.
Fine wine lovers will also recognise names like:
- Brothers In Arms
- Burns and Fuller
- Dolan Family Wines
Key Langhorne Creek Wine Event
Langhorne Creek Wine Show
As a regional showcase for 10 years, it wasn’t until 2014 that it was turned into a full-blown wine show. It has become a well-oiled, smooth-flowing, wine judging event which keeps Langhorne Creek wine producers at their best. It has arguably become the biggest weekend on the Langhorne Creek calendar with over 190 wine entries judged by some of the best palates in the country including names like Nigel Dolan, Ian Riggs and Nick Ryan. The show includes many dates from March – May each year.
The future of Langhorne Creek
Langhorne Creek wineries offer a mix of traditional wine producers alongside vanguard winemakers. The tempting combination of wines is an ideal launching point for curious wine visitors to the region. The region has many inviting physical and tourist attractions in addition to the temptation of visiting Langhorne Creek cellar doors.
The wines are due for another renaissance, as drinkers realise the significance of the tried, tested and enjoyed Langhorne Creek Cabernet Shiraz blend. It is a vital part of the Langhorne Creek story and identity is also a bright part of the wine region’s future.