Langhorne Creek’s Top Wineries Combine For A Picturesque Winemakers’ Picnic

A highlight on the Spring Racing calendar, this stunning event sees the best of the region come together for a fabulous day full of food, fun and, of course our fave, all of the wine…

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A Winemakers’ Luncheon and the opportunity to picnic at one of South Australia’s most picturesque racecourses are among the highlights of this year’s Langhorne Creek Vingerons’ Day.

The 2015 event is on Sunday, November 22, at the Strathalbyn Racecourse and allows racegoers to indulge in some of the region’s top wines from Gipsie Jack, Bleasdale, Bremerton, Lake Breeze and Howlin’ Gale as they take in the action on the track.

The Winemakers’ Luncheon is a new addition to this year’s event and includes a three-course menu by Strathalbyn’s Appleseed Café, highlighting the Fleurieu’s best produce. Bleasdale brand ambassador Robbie Potts, whose great, great grandfather Frank founded Bleasdale Vineyards in 1850, will host the luncheon and provide great insight into the region and the wines handpicked to match the menu.

“We’ve been involved with Langhorne Creek Vignerons’ Day since the mid-1990s. It’s got a relaxed country sort of feel but still seems quite glam. It’s a unique mix and something we enjoy being a part of,” Mr Potts said.

“I’m passionate about the region and am excited to share my knowledge about it and have a few laughs over lunch.”

For the past two decades, picnics and Langhorne Creek Vignerons’ Day have gone hand-in-hand and 2015 will be no different. Pack along your own picnic basket full of goodies and unwind on the manicured lawns. Wine and cheese are another trusted match – and the latter will feature prominently at the event, thanks to the Cheese Please stall.

The Murray Bridge cheesemakers ensure there’s more than enough of their artisan award-winning delicacies to go round. Other stalls on the day will include Squid Ink, Natura Ice Cream, Finns Fine Foods, Coffee Bean, Little Adelaide Catering and Fair N Sweet for those who prepare to buy their meals on the day.

Strathalbyn Racing Club Secretary Rick Dutton said Langhorne Creek Vignerons’ Day celebrates its 22nd birthday in 2015 and each year gets bigger and better.

“We’re in the midst of the spring racing season and Langhorne Creek Vignerons’ Day is something you should definitely put in your diary,” Mr Dutton said.

“It’s become synonymous with the food and wine of the Fleurieu region and it’s something we’re proud to continue with our Winemakers’ Luncheon and the other great food and wine available.

“Located just 40 minutes from Adelaide, Strathalbyn also has the great advantage of being a beautiful, country town that’s an easy day trip from the city.”

Langhorne Creek Vignerons’ Day

Date: Sunday, November 22
Time: Gates open at 10am
Location: Strathalbyn Racecourse
Cost: General admission tickets are $20, concession $15. Children aged under 15 receive free entry.
Packages: The Winemakers Luncheon is a three-course meal with suggested Langhorne Creek wines for each course. The luncheon includes a race book and race entry and costs $135 a person. The Burgundy Room Cocktail Package includes cocktail food as well as beer, wine and soft drink, racecourse admission and private betting facilities. Tickets are $100 a person.
Contact: To book a package or find out more, visit the website or call the Strathalbyn Racing Club on 8536 2248.

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