House debates

Monday, 15 February 2021

Statements by Members

Mayo Electorate: Langhorne Creek Wine Region

3:59 pm

Photo of Rebekha SharkieRebekha Sharkie (Mayo, Centre Alliance) Share this | | Hansard source

The wine region of Langhorne Creek sits on the rich soil of a flood plain in a cool-climate region, resulting in high-quality grapes that produce many sought-after varietals. Langhorne Creek, in my electorate, is approximately 6,000 hectares in size, making it the second largest wine region in South Australia. I'm going to talk about just a couple of wineries at Langhorne Creek that have recently held special events, one being Bremerton Wines. It was established in 1988, when the Wilson family produced their first wine grapes from a neighbour's grapes. They planted their own grapes in 1991 and opened their cellar door in 1994. Today sisters Lucy and Rebecca run their family business and have just unveiled a new cellar door and tasting room in a beautifully converted, rustic barn featuring recycled materials from all across South Australia.

Last week I attended the opening of the Barrel Room at Lake Breeze winery. Lake Breeze is a fine example of a thriving family business, with generations of the Follett family working together side by side. It's lovely to see a family—many generations—working with each other, deeply respectful and with a great love for each other. Lake Breeze first produced their wine in 1987 and opened a cellar door in 1991. The Barrel Room is a contemporary function space and has views across the vineyard. I'd encourage anyone to come and visit Langhorne Creek in my electorate. You won't be disappointed. It's a beautiful place to be.