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Above: Lake Breeze winemaker Greg Follett decanting some 2012 Lake Breeze Cabernet straight from the barrel for Dan Kemp, Ross Roach and Von Mangahas of Adelaide.

AS ONE OF the region’s newer events, the Langhorne Creek Out of the Barrel day set out to establish itself as an event which guests will lock in their calendar for years to come.

On Saturday 9 November visitors from far and wide travelled to Langhorne Creek to taste the newest releases of the region and experience some wines taken directly out of the barrel.

As the first regional event to extend into the twilight timeslot, visitors loved the fact that the longer opening hours allowed them to visit more cellar doors to get the most out of their day.

The event also gave visitors a sneak peek of what the region hopes to be the next batch of award winning wines for Langhorne Creek.

Anne McLennan of Cleggett Wines said visitors “relished the opportunity to try something special and enjoyed learning more about the wines from the winemakers themselves.”

Saturday afternoon saw Bremerton host a beginner’s master-class in their cellar door with winemaker Rebecca Willson on hand to teach an eager group of attendees about the influence which different barrels have on wines.

The class received fantastic feedback with Paul Carroll of Adelaide saying it was an “absolutely awesome tasting experience”.

“Not merely a red and white wine production line but a genuinely educational and fun experience,” he added.

With barrel samples on offer at a number of cellar doors, visitors were delighted with the opportunity to compare barrel samples with the finished wine product, as well as learning more about the technical aspects of winemaking from the mouths of those who make it.

The event offered an enticing occasion to taste great food and wines from brands such as Ben Potts Wines, Bleasdale, Bremerton, Brothers in Arms, Cleggett Wines, Gipsie Jack, Kimbolton, Lake Breeze and Rusticana.

Out of the Barrel is just one of Langhorne Creek’s great annual events to attend with the next being Love Langhorne Creek from 8-9 February 2014.

Visit www.langhornecreek.com for more information.