The historic Bleasdale vineyards were founded in 1850 by Frank Potts, who arrived in South Australia from Portsmouth, England in 1836. Potts spotted the potential of the rich alluvial soils of the area and the impact of the Bremer River on which the isolated, tiny town of Langhorne Creek region depends for flood irrigation. His sons and grandsons operated and built up the winery, and Bleasdale is now solely owned and run by fourth and fifth generation members of the Potts family. Their property, much of which enjoys conservation status, offers a fascinating insight into the history of Australia’s early settlers.
The cellars at Bleasdale are a national monument, constructed from red gumwood and limestone, and some of the original winemaking equipment is still occasionally used. Nevertheless, the emphasis here is on using modern technology to produce wines of consistently high quality. Until the 1990s much of the region’s fruit went into multi-regional blends and it was only when a group of long-term family growers – including Bleasdale – started promoting 100% Langhorne Creek wines that the region became recognised in its own right.
We are proud that The Society’s Australian Shiraz-Cabernet and The Society’s Spicy Australian Red, both robust and generous blends, true to the Bleasdale spirit, originate from these family vineyards.
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