That’s the beauty of this region. No tourist traps or tacky cafes selling mediocre coffee, just cellar doors surrounded by towering gums, floodplains, horseradish crops (Rusticana wines and Newman’s Horseradish), and a handful of winery restaurants offer wonderful meals – seven days a week.
Lake Breeze winemaker Greg Follett believes part of the region’s charm is its humility. “It’s what going to South Australian wine regions like the Barossa and McLaren Vale were like 20 years ago,” Greg says. “Come here and you’ll probably end up talking to the winemaker or a member of their family.”
Ask the locals about ‘The Lake Doctor’ – the name given to the wind that whips across nearby Lake Alexandrina (a 600-square-kilometre freshwater beauty) and kisses the vines, moderating summer heat, and mitigates winter frosts. Lake Breeze Wines was named after the natural phenomenon and is a must-visit when exploring the region.
The Follett family has grown grapes on the same patch of Langhorne Creek dirt for more that 130 years. The impressive Lake Breeze cellar door (a renovated 1930s limestone shed) opened in 1991 and looks out over the old vines. It’s a great place for what is arguably one of the best platters in the state and a stellar menu prepared by head chef Ben McRae. Be sure to try the Lamb and stout pie (made with local Meechi Brewing Company).