Langhorne Creek - South Australia
Langhorne Creek (formerly Langhorne's Creek) is a town and wine region in South Australia. It is less than an hour's drive from Adelaide on Fleurieu Peninsula.
Langhorne Creek has a wine history dating back to 1850. Traditionally a red wine growing district well known for production of outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. These two red wine grape varieties constitute approximately 70% of the total vineyard plantings in the region. Over recent years considerable experimentation has occurred and a wide range of grape varieties are now grown. The vineyards harvest from early March to late April. Some of the largest vinyards in Langhorne Creek are Orlando Wyndham, Fabal and Wolf Blass vineyards. Perhaps the most well known winery in the region is Bleasdale, founded by Frank Potts in the early 1800's. One of the most promising vineyards in Langhorne Creek is Lake Breeze. The winery produces high quality whites, including the White Frontinac and 'Moscato', and robust red's. Lake Breeze also operates a smaller winery on Kangaroo Island, the holiday residence of the Lake Breeze corporates.
The town is on the banks of the Bremer River which flows into Lake Alexandrina. In winter, the river frequently floods across the vineyards, contributing to the terroir of the region.
One of the primary features, excluding vinyards and wineries, is the Football Club. The Langhorne Creek Hawks play in the GSFL (Great Southern Football League), and have some of, if not the best facilities in the league. Also, they have some of the most talented footballers in the league. The club last won a premiership in 2002 and, with a strong team, are looking forward to another one in 2010.
The township has three central eating places restaurants; The Wine House, the Langhorne Creek General Store and the The Bridge Hotel; all good places for a tasty meal. Frank Potts Reserve and Alfred Langhorne Park are popular places to picnic and are excellent areas to observe native flora and fauna.