Langhorne Creek owns over 150 years of grape growing and wine making heritage and is one of Australia's oldest wine producing regions. Grapes have been grown here since the 1850s. It is also home to the world's oldest recorded Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, dating back to 1891. Langhorne Creek was originally a watering stop and then a cattle station for drovers moving cattle across country. It is named for two such drovers, Alfred and Henry Langhorne, who went on to raise cattle here in the 1840s. Ten years later Frank Potts discovered the potential for grapes and the regions identity transformed with his discovery.
Today the region remains small, largely undiscovered and far from the tourist trail. The tight-knit community is bonded by a determination to grow the finest grapes. Their consistent ability to do so has been proven by the demand for Langhorne Creek grapes by producers both large and small. Fruit from Langhorne Creek has helped to created multiple Jimmy Watson Trophy winners, Australia's most prestigious wine award. Langhorne Creek is tasted [if not seen] in some of the countries most iconic multi-regional blends.
80 kilometres south-east of the capital of Adelaide, Langhorne Creek, the landscape of Langhorne Creek is quintessentially Australian with River Red Gums running along the Angas and Bremmer rivers. These rivers form a traditional flood plain and this long flat country runs down to the nearby Lake Alexandrina.
Langhorne Creek is a decidedly cool climate with heat degree-days below both Padthaway and the Clare Valley. This is partly due to what the locals call the Lake Doctor. The Lake Doctor is a wind coming off the nearby Lake Alexandrina. It moderates the summer sun and helps to ward against pests and winter frost. This wind carries its cooling effect from the Antarctic and Southern ocean and sees no land to warm it before it reaches our vines. The difference to the climate is dramatic.
Owing to long standing friendships, Heartland has unrestricted access to some of the regions very best family run vineyards. This is supported by our own Angas Vineyard and means we not only get the best fruit, but we have a voice in how it is grown.