TWO DELICIOUS DAYS IN LANGHORNE CREEK

Pack a bag - we’re headed for an overnight stay in the charming Langhorne Creek wine region. It’s just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, and we’ve crafted the perfect weekend itinerary so there’s no research required. Warning – copious amounts of cheese and wine are involved!

 

SATURDAY

10:00 – Depart Adelaide for Langhorne Creek

Travel time: approximately 60 minutes (from CBD)

 

11:00 – Vineyard Road for chocolate, wine and olive oil
697 Langhorne Creek Road, Belvidere

First stop - chocolate. Naturally! Fleurieu Chocolate Company - sister business to the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company - opened its delicious doors in the Vineyard Road cellar door in late 2019. Sample their handmade chocolates then peruse the olive oil and skincare products from artisan producer Vasse Virgin, housed under the same roof. Try the wines, too – there’s a massive range, and they’re very reasonably priced. This one-stop-shop is the perfect place to stock up on gifts. Our pick is the chocolate ‘neck collars’ that fit around the neck of a wine bottle. Genius.

 

12:00 – Depart Vineyard Road for your accommodation

Travel time: 5-minute drive to Langhorne Creek’s main street

 

Fleurieu Chocolate Company at Vineyard Road Cellar Door
 

12:05 – Time to ditch the car

We’ve got a few wine tastings lined up today, so let’s lose the wheels. This afternoon’s activities are all within walking distance. So, don a decent pair of boots (leave the cute white sneakers at home, gals) because we’re on foot from now on. Drop your car at your pre-booked accommodation in town. Options include the historic limestone Creek Cottage, new garden-view culinary retreat La Maison du Vigneron, lovingly restored former horse stables at The Stables BnB or three-bedroom holiday home Bremer Stayz. Tip: Request an early check in so you can drop your bags, too.

 

12:20 – Head to Bremerton Wines

Travel time: 5 – 10-minute walk

 

12:30 – Lunch at Bremerton Wines
14 Kent Town Road, Langhorne Creek

Pull up a pew for lunch at Bremerton Wines, Australia’s first sister-run winery housed in a beautifully renovated 1866 stone barn. Settle in by the cosy wood fire and enjoy a gourmet pizza or regionally inspired platter packed with local produce. Try the thyme-infused baked brie with a glass of bâtonnage chardonnay, and finish with a cheeky nip of their house-made gin. Skip dessert, we’ve got something lined up at the next venue.

 

14:30 – Depart Bremerton Wines

Travel time: 20-minute walk
 

Bremerton Wines cellar door. Image courtesy of Bremerton Wines

 

15:00 – Wine and cheese flight at Kimbolton Wines
29 Burleigh Street, Langhorne Creek

After a refreshing stroll through the countryside, we’ve arrived at Kimbolton Wines – a modern cellar door nestled among the gum trees, made from repurposed shipping containers and recycled timber. We hope you’ve saved room, because wine and cheese matching is what Kimbolton does best. Their wine flight showcases four local artisan cheeses meticulously paired with four Kimbolton wines. On school holidays, there’s even a kids’ flight featuring cordial and cheese. Dangerous!

 

16:00 – Depart Kimbolton Wines

Travel time: 5-minute walk

 

Kimbolton Wines cellar door. Image courtesy of Kimbolton Wines.

 

16:05 – Cleansing ale at The Winehouse
1509 Langhorne Creek Road, Langhorne Creek

Right next door is The Winehouse – but we’re not here for wine. Sure, if you’re not wined-out yet you can sample a few drops from the four local labels on offer, but we vote for a pint of pale ale from Langhorne Creek’s first craft brewery, Meechi Brewing Company. ‘Meechi’ is the Aboriginal name for the River Bremer which flows through Langhorne Creek, and these handcrafted, small batch beers are as proudly local as the name suggests.

 

17:00 – Depart The Winehouse

Stroll back to your accommodation and when you’re ready, head to the pub for dinner. The Bridge Hotel is conveniently located on the main street and dishes up generous portions of pub grub alongside an extensive local wine list.

 

The Winehouse. Image courtesy of The Winehouse.

 

SUNDAY

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your accommodation. All options (except Bremer Stayz) include locally- sourced breakfast provisions. If you’d rather avoid the washing up, La Maison du Vigneron offers a home-cooked brekky as an optional extra. Someone needs to stay sensible and drive today, so designate a driver by playing scissors, paper, rock and check out by 10:00 am.

 

10:10 – Depart accommodation

Travel time: 5-minute drive

 

10:15 – Winery tour and tasting at Bleasdale Vineyards
1640 Langhorne Creek Road, Langhorne Creek

Established in 1850, Bleasdale has been making wine for generations but current winemaker Paul Hotker has really raised the bar. Crowned James Halliday’s 2018 Winemaker of the Year and taking out the coveted Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for the 2018 Wild Fig SGM, this is one winery you won’t want to miss. Arrange a guided tour (check availability during COVID-19 restrictions) or take a self-guided tour to see the historic ‘Old Press’ built in 1892 – a phenomenal redgum press with a lever arm weighing 3.5 tonnes. Finish with a tasting of the award-winning wines.

 

11:25 – Depart Bleasdale Vineyards

Travel time: 5-minute drive

 

Bleasedale old redgum press from 1892. Image courtesy of Bleasedale Vineyards.
 

11:30 – Newman’s Horseradish and Rusticana Wines
262 Lake Plains Road, Langhorne Creek

You haven’t experienced horseradish until you’ve tried Newman’s homegrown stuff – it’ll knock your socks off!  Family owned and operated, this venerable business carries out all stages of production onsite and makes a range of products including horseradish dip, beetroot relish and mustard. You can sample the product, along with Rusticana Wines’ range of shiraz, zinfandel, cabernet and durif, which will whet the appetite for our next stop.

 

12:25 – Depart Newman’s Horseradish and Rusticana Wines

Travel time: 5-minute drive

 

Newman's Horseradish Farm and Rusticana Wines.

 

12:30 – Picnic lunch at Lake Breeze Wines 
319 Step Road, Langhorne Creek

Yep, lunchtime already! Today, it’s picnic-style, but there’s no need to pack your own. The lovely Lake Breeze Wines offers picnic hampers, rugs and a peaceful setting under the gum trees. Choose a Ploughman’s or Classic picnic and a bottle of wine - we recommend the grenache Rosato, because rosé is the ultimate picnic wine, if you ask us. Wet weather? No stress – there’s a restaurant onsite, too.

 

14:30 – Depart Lake Breeze Wines

Travel time: 10-minute drive

 

Lake Breeze Wines. Photographer Robyn Follett.
 

14:40 – Dessert and coffee at Angas Plains Wines
317 Angas Plains Road, Langhorne Creek

Last stop for the trip is Angas Plains Wines. This charming cellar door and café is the ideal spot for a cuppa and cake. The cellar-baked goods are the specialty. We’re talking seasonal fruit crumble, homemade apple pie, chocolate chunk brownies and even gluten-free house-made icecream. Try a warm scone with PJ’s cabernet crush jam and a dollop of cream, and a cappucino for the drive home. Food’s served until 4:30pm and wine tastings are available until 5pm, so there’s no rush.

 

Angas Plains Wines restaurant. Image courtesy of Angas Plains Wines.
 

Head home at your leisure. We hope you enjoyed your visit to Langhorne Creek - see you again soon!

TOP TIPS:

  • If you’d prefer to be chauffeured around, pre-book the Creek Cruiser as your personal transport for the day.
  • Pre-book as many activities as possible, especially while restrictions apply during COVID-19.
  • Be kind to local businesses – they’re working hard to deliver the best possible experience within government social distancing and hygiene regulations.

 

 

Guest blogger: Victoria Johnson.
Header images: Lake Breeze Wines. Photographer Robyn Follett.

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