Bleasdale Winery from Langhorne Creek celebrates 170th birthday and Frank Potts 205

The great-great-grandson of Frank Potts, Robbie Potts, with one of the wines that showcases the quality from the winery.
The great-great-grandson of Frank Potts, Robbie Potts, with one of the wines that showcases the quality from the winery.

Langhorne Creek is well known for its distinctive grapes and wineries. It is also well known for its successful football team that plays in the Great Southern Football League and won the past two A grade premierships.

But in 2020, Langhorne Creek's oldest winery, the award-winning Bleasdale Vineyards will celebrate 170 years.

The milestone anniversary marks a celebration of rich history and award-winning wines with Bleasdale receiving more than 50 awards since 2013.

Award highlights include James Halliday Winemaker of the Year 2018 (awarded to Senior Winemaker, Paul Hotker), The Max Schubert Trophy for Most Outstanding Red Wine at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show and the coveted Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Young Red Wine at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards.

To keep the celebrations happening at Langhorne Creek and in particular at Bleasdale and among the Potts family, a special birthday will occur on July 11.

On July 11, 1815, the pioneer who started the dynasty in the region, Frank Potts was born. On July 11, Frank Potts would have turned 205.

The Potts name is synonymous with wine making in Langhorne Creek and it still stands tall after 170 years.

Fifth generation Robbie Potts said the long-term success of Bleasdale was testament to the values and philosophy that founder Frank Potts established in 1850.

"The foundations of Bleasdale Vineyards were laid by chance as Frank Potts passed through Langhorne Creek after he saw an opportunity with the landscape to build something truly visionary for its time," Robbie said.

"He continues to be a legend of the Creek and I, for one, feel very fortunate to have been born into this industry and part of such a highly-regarded wine family."

Barrels of wine. Langhorne Creek's Bleasdale Winery has a rich and proud history.

Barrels of wine. Langhorne Creek's Bleasdale Winery has a rich and proud history.

Bleasdale continues to be known for its Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, all of which are strengths of the Langhorne Creek Wine Region.

"We're extremely confident in not only the quality of the wine that we produce but also the value that we provide to our loyal customers. When you're producing award-winning wines for under $40, it's a great outcome for everyone involved."

Bleasdale has over the years faced industry challenges, however, today holds a strong position in both global export and the domestic market.

"Bleasdale has a great presence across Australia and throughout Germany, Canada and China," Robbie said.

"For those living in South Australia or visiting the region, we welcome them to experience our Cellar Door, which showcases a moment-in-time with our original barrel room and historic Old Press, which was hand built in 1892."

Winning the 2019 Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Melbourne Wine Show, Best Red Wine at the Perth Wine Show in 2018 and Best Red Wine at the Sydney Wine Show also in 2018, is testament of the quality of wine that flows from Langhorne Creek's Bleasdale Vineyards.

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