Explore LANGHORNE CREEK THE OLD FASHIONED WAY
KELLY GOLDING JUMPS ABOARD...
Don’t you love it when you get invited to go on a relaxing winery tour? And I don’t mean, jump on a bus and squeeze in as many wineries as you can tour, I mean pure relaxation.
The destination, Langhorne Creek in the fabulous Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. Our ride? Horse and Cart. Yes, you heard right.
We arrived at The Bridge Hotel and were greeted by the delightfully dashing Tabby and Nibbles, and their wonderful captain Shaye from Carriage of Occasion. After an introductory nose rub and a pic, we climbed aboard. A bit excited just quietly too, as us school mums don’t get to indulge like this too often all together. Unlike the winery tours of our 20s, with double that now under our belt (shhh don’t tell), this one was much tamer and more indulgent. With the meditative clip clopping underfoot and the wind in our hair, we got to catch up and soak in our surrounds while someone else took the reins.
Sporting big gums and fresh spring growth on the vines, Langhorne Creek is beautifully serene with a friendly face around every corner. Especially when you’re getting chaperoned by two graceful horses, and experiencing a queen like fantasy.
“We can normally fit in up to five wineries on an afternoon tour.” Shaye mentioned. “But it’s flexible and you can go at your own pace.” Our pace today, was slow and steady.
First stop. Bremerton Wines.
Towards the end of an exciting renovation when we visited, Bremerton’s cellar door boasts a divine entry. Think stone walls, timber, lush lawns and the perfect place for us to pull up out the front. The interior is warm and inviting, and the staff portray the same personality. You can go through a number of different tasting options, or sit and sip your wine slowly while enjoying lunch and gazing at the art on display. The Fiano was refreshing and a bottle of the Wiggy Sparkling Chardonnay came home with me, along with some locally made Kalamata olive tapenade from a cute produce section. The sister led winery also have a London Dry style Willson Small Batch Gin on offer, in honour of their father’s 70th which is a sweet addition to the Bremerton line up.
After hearing so much about the wines and gardens at Lake Breeze, that was our next stop. A nice 20-minute commute thanks to Tabby and Nibbles, and a chance for more laughter filled banter, we approached the graceful entrance. This truly was an experience pulling up slowly and absorbing the pretty cottage like gardens out the front. Poppies, roses, petunias, and the delightful Robyn to greet us. After a tour of the extensive modern renovation and event space, we took the internal stairs up to the balcony and settled in with a bottle of 2020 Rosato and local cheese platter, with the dappled sun creating a scene. Familiar to many through their event, The Handpicked Festival, Lake Breeze is a destination of its own, with expansive lawns, shady trees and peaceful surrounds.
We took the ‘go at your own pace’ quite literally, as we only made it to two of the many Langhorne Creek venues on our afternoon tour.
It’s a must visit region for your next winery adventure, and for the beer lovers there is also a brewery over this way too. Meechi Brewing, which you can taste at The Winehouse along with four other wine labels if short of time.
Langhorne Creek is only 16 kilometres from the beautiful township of Strathalbyn and only an hour from Adelaide. If you choose to stay the night in Langhorne Creek, Lake Breeze also have a bed and breakfast available in the township. Be sure to check out langhornecreek.com for the full listing of cellar doors and wineries.