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Langhorne Creek wineries to raise funds for Zoos SA with Grapes for Good Initiative

Wine lovers, rejoice! The Langhorne Creek region have joined forces with conservation charity Zoos SA to create the ‘Grapes for Good’ initiative.

Image credit: Geoff Brooks

Wine lovers, rejoice! The Langhorne Creek region have joined forces with conservation charity Zoos SA to create the ‘Grapes for Good’ initiative, which will let South Australians sip on premium drops of wine, all for a good cause.
Bleasdale, Bremerton, Kimbolton Wines, Lake Breeze, Gipsie Jack and Vineyard Road wineries have teamed up and clinked glasses to create a unique mix of wines to raise funds for vital conservation work.

Each has chosen a well-deserving species to champion at Monarto Safari Park, with the purchase and pouring of these six wines directly helping their conservation efforts.

Wrapped in beautifully crafted prints of the six featuring species – the African Painted Dog, Giraffe, Lemur, Meerkat, Zebra and Bongo – the drops are not only stunning in taste but the purpose and design too.

“We were elated when the idea to support species through the six wineries came about,” said Director of Community Engagement Sarah Brown at the launch.

“’Grapes for good’ is proof that wine can be a force for good. Every drop can go a little further and make a real difference.”

“While ‘Grapes for good’ supports our conservation work we hope it can be a two-way street. We will promote these neighbouring wineries and encourage visitation to their vineyards as part of a ‘conservation wine-tasting trail.”
“Community in action is a wonderful thing to bear witness to and we are very grateful to all the Langhorne Creek wineries involved.” 

Speaking on behalf of the Langhorne Creek wineries, Nicole Clark from Kimbolton Wines said the region is thrilled to be involved in the Grapes for Good initiative.

“If you care about animals and love wine, there has never been a more exciting reason to visit our wineries in Langhorne Creek.  Better still, make a weekend of it, a day at Monarto and a day wine tasting,” says Nicole.

South Australian Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex said the Grapes for Good program is a terrific example of collaboration in the visitor economy and is a win-win for South Australia.

“It’s sensational to see tourism operators working together to drive visitation and expenditure, and this partnership between Zoos SA and these Langhorne Creek wineries means this comes with an added, critical bonus of furthering conservation efforts,” says Harrex.

With more than 70% of the species at Monarto Safari Park threatened with extinction in the wild, support is vital and keeps the fight to save these species from extinction alive.

Wines will be on sale at individual wineries, online here. For more information on the initiative please visit the Grapes for Good website.

Grapes for Good Initiative Range

Bleasdale Wines | Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon | Supporting the Plains Zebra

For many, the name Mulberry Tree is synonymous with Bleasdale. Named after the century-old Mulberry Tree in the Bleasdale Wines vineyard, this is an ever-reliable Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of mixed berries, dark chocolate and violets, finishing with soft and subtle tannins.

With numbers decreasing in the wild, the Plains Zebras could soon be in a ‘stripe’ of trouble. As Langhorne Creek’s founding winery with over 170 years of history, Bleasdale is proud to be partnering with Monarto Safari Park and Zoos SA to contribute to help save Plains Zebra from extinction.

Bremerton Wines | Verdelho | Supporting Ring-tailed Lemurs

Verdelho is perfectly suited to the Langhorne Creek region’s climate and growing conditions. Bremerton Wines chose to make a fresh, vibrant style expressing the pure varietal characters. Using only free run juice, results in a clean, focused Verdelho with lifted perfumed citrus aromas, a bright and textural palate with fine acid balance and great length of flavour.

Cute they may be, but Ring-tailed Lemurs are in deep trouble in the wild. Classified as endangered with habitat loss and poaching the biggest threats to the wild population, Bremerton Wines says they are proud to support Monarto Safari Park and Zoos SA to help Ring-tailed Lemurs stay a leap ahead of extinction.

Kimbolton Wines | 2021 Fiano | Supporting Giraffe

An ancient Italian wine grape variety, well suited to the growing conditions in Langhorne Creek. This Fiano shows crisp, citrus characters with some delicious fresh pear, honey hints and a rich texture on the palate.  Drink now either on its own or with fresh seafood or a delicious goats cheese tart.

The gentle giants of the savannah, giraffe need your help. With less than 70,000 estimated to roam their home in Africa these animals are at risk of extinction. The population decline has been referred to as a ‘Silent Extinction’. That’s why Kimbolton Wines are joining forces with Monarto Safari Park and Zoos SA to stop the silent extinction and raise funds for giraffe conservation before it’s too late. 

Lake Breeze Wines | Bernoota Shiraz/Cabernet |Supporting Bongo

The ‘Bernoota’ Shiraz/Cabernet blend shows dark fruit characters of blackberry and plums, with a hint of choc mint. The palate encompasses all of the trademark Langhorne Creek fruit sweetness and soft tannins.

Bongo are facing an ongoing population decline with less than 100 individuals estimated to be left in the wild. Lake Breeze Wines says they are proud to contribute sales from this classic Australian blend towards helping Zoos SA and Monarto Safari Park save this species and many others from extinction

The Winehouse | Gipsie Jack Rose | Supporting African Painted Dog

Parcels of premium Dolcetto fruit from the Pasquin Vineyard in Langhorne Creek is the rebirth of the Gipsie Jack Rose. Lifted aromatics of rose oil and florals, with hints of hand crafted boiled lollies and strawberries and cream.

Gipsie Jack is a story of mateship, tales of helping out when times are tough and celebrating when they’re good. ​​They hope you enjoy this wine with your mates. Pour yourself a glass knowing you’re helping Monarto Safari Park and Zoos SA protect one of the world’s most endangered mammals, the African Painted Dog.

Vineyard Road | Langhorne Creek Shiraz | Supporting Meerkats

The signature Langhorne Creek Shiraz displays lifted aromas of spice, dark cherry and plum. The palate is rich full-flavoured forest fruits and vanilla finishing with delicate soft tannins. It was vinified using a combination of fermentation styles and American oak.

Just like a well-made Shiraz, you’ll be pressed to find someone who doesn’t love Meerkats. They’re social, full of personality and a little bit cheeky – just like the team at Vineyard Road. A reliable red to be enjoyed with your favourite partner in crime.

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