Langhorne Creek has a history of viticulture dating back to 1860 and is known for its flat, river delta landscape. One of the best-kept secrets in Australian viticulture, Langhorne Creek is one of Australia's oldest wine regions.  The region is nestled among gum trees on the Bremer and Angas rivers. Langhorne Creek is less than a two-hour drive from Adelaide. Here you can escape to picturesque vineyards and spend a day among the vines tasting sumptuous food, drinking premium wines and meeting the winemakers.  Langhorne Creek Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are valued contributors to many red blends and a number of Australia’s larger winemakers are represented in the region.  

There are an increasing number of smaller wineries now based in the region. These wineries are enhancing the diversity of the region, bringing new levels of quality and innovation. The main wine styles produced include Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, which are also commonly used as blends. 
  

Regional Checklist:

  • Langhorne Creek was established as a wine growing region in 1860.
  • The region is currently home to around 30 wineries.
  • One of the best-kept secrets in Australian viticulture, Langhorne Creek is one of Australia's oldest wine regions. 
  • The region is nestled among gum trees on the Bremer and Angas rivers.
  • Langhorne Creek’s fertile soils are predominantly deep, alluvial sandy loams.
  • The main wine styles produced include Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, which are also commonly used as blends. 

Regional website:
www.langhornewine.com.au 

Climate:
The growing season climate is predominantly shaped by the onshore southerly winds blowing directly from the Southern Ocean across Lake Alexandrina. The prevailing southerlies reduce daytime temperature fluctuations. These southerlies also decrease sunshine hours and overall summer temperatures, while increasing the relative humidity. The majority of rainfall occurs in winter and spring. Irrigation is universally practised, in part by the unique method of diverting the Bremer River and deliberately flooding the land in late winter.

Soil:

Langhorne Creek’s fertile soils are predominantly deep, alluvial sandy loams that vary in colour from red-brown to dark grey, with patches of black, self-mulching clays. All soil types promote vine vigour, generous canopies and cropping levels.

Wines:
Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends:
Generally the wines are immediately accessible, soft and fragrant. Flavours are in the red berry spectrum, often with gentle minty and chocolate overtones. As in the Clare Valley, Malbec adds a particular dimension when added to the blend, providing a juicy wine with loads of cassis and dark berry flavours.

Shiraz and Blends:
Often released as a single varietal but also blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Malbec, Shiraz produces strikingly fruity wines with flavours/aromas of cherry and mint. Its hallmark regional softness finishes with a hint of spice.

Vital Statistics:
Map Coordinates:                                       35° 15'S 
Altitude:                                                    30 metres (98 feet) 
Heat degree days, October - April:               1520 (cut off at 19º C (66. º2 F) but otherwise not adjusted) 
Growing season rainfall, October - April:      140 millimetres (5.5 inches) 
Mean January temperature:                         19.9°C (67.8°F) 
Relative humidity, October - April, 3 pm:     Average 47% (Strathalbyn Gladstones) 
Harvest:                                                    Early February - late April


 

Vicki Greaves, Step Road, Langhorne Creek, South Australia

Langhorne Creek was selected as the site for the Step Rd Winery as it is such a unique region.  Situated on an ancient flood plain created by the Bremer and Angus Rivers, the rich alluvial soils and temperate climate provide ideal conditions for ripening and producing red wines rich in body and velvety texture the region is renowned for.  It is a surprisingly cool region due to its proximity to Lake Alexandrina and the Southern Ocean.  The regular cool, southerly breezes drop the temperatures markedly resulting in long, warm ripening periods balanced by mild nights aiding the development of exceptional varietal and regional characters.

 

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