Currency Creek’s newly-pioneered wine region is raising a glass to produce exciting varietals and a choice of styles in South Australia.
The region’s mild Mediterranean climate has prompted growers and winemakers to embrace a wide variety of grapes throughout Currency Creek with encouraging results. Discover the many hidden cellar doors gems and activities that will keep visitors entertained fringed by an incredible coastal setting. Innovating traditional styles of food-friendly cabernet sauvignon or medium-bodied shiraz reflect delicious fine cassis fruit flavours. Small winemakers have also found success with the delicate palate of sauvignon blanc in particular.
This laidback region offers an amazing and diverse getaway. Within an hours' drive, southeast of Adelaide lies a tapestry of spoil including wineries, bush trails and stunning beaches as part of the Fleurieu Peninsula. In addition to Currency Creek’s incredible wines, don’t miss the opportunity to taste local produce – think fresh fruit and vegetables, game meats, cheeses and more.
James Halliday on Currency Creek
The region was first explored by Captain Charles Sturt, who travelled down the Murray River in 1829–30, and whose last campsite was near the present town of Goolwa, which was the first (or last, depending which way you were travelling) port on the Murray River. In 1837 Hindmarsh Island and the town of Currency Creek were officially named, and an elaborate town plan for Currency Creek was laid out in 1840.
Agriculture, river transport and recreation developed over the next 50 years, but it was not until 1969 that the first vines were planted, by Wally and Rosemary Tonkin: one acre each of Riesling, Grenache, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Despite local cynicism, the vines flourished and the first vintage followed in 1972, for what was then called Santa Rosa Winery (now Currency Creek Estate). In that same year the first vines (2.6 hectares) were planted at what is now Middleton Winery, and were likewise successful.
Hindmarsh Island, the subject of a celebrated and long-running battle over Aboriginal ‘secret women’s business’ and the government’s desire to build a bridge linking the island to the mainland, is part of the region, and home to one of its best wineries, Angus Wines.
The mouth of the Murray River has been rightly given much publicity in the current century, for it is often blocked and has a water level lower than the sea. Lake Alexandrina has shrunk dramatically and has become too saline for viticulture. This relatively little known region is thus facing all of the challenges of the much larger regions along the Murray River, and of its bigger and better known neighbour Langhorne Creek.
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Early March to mid April