Wine regions - Currency Creek
Currency Creek South Australia
With its close proximity to both Adelaide and the coast, the Currency Creek region is strategically positioned. Well made and well priced wines provide the perfect accompaniment to the local cuisine.
Pelicans, one of many bird species making
Currency Creek and the Coorong their home
If you like to explore then you will know that which lies between what is well known and popular can be a gem to discover. Currency Creek is one such wine region lying between Langhorne Creek and the whale watching port of Victor Harbour on the Fleurieu Peninsula. It is also the gateway region to the magnificent Coorong, an area of stunning natural beauty famed for its indigenous culture, birds and fish.
The region is surrounded by water to the extent that it moderates the Mediterranean climate. Lake Alexandrina on its eastern border, with the Murray River winding through to Murray Mouth joining the Southern Ocean. The climatic effect is to cool the region in summer and keep temperatures moderate in winter. Frosts are rare. The cool maritime climate slows grape ripening, resulting in wines that are well balanced.
Rainfall is low, with only 173 mm falling during the growing season necessitating irrigation from bores and dams. Soils on this gently undulating country vary from sandy to loam over clay.
Currency Creek is a young region with vineyards being established in the past 40 years. The main grape varieties are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. The region produces both table and sparkling wines.
Enjoy both the rural and cellar door experience whilst travelling through the region. At Deep Creek Wines you can sample red, white and sparkling wines with freshly baked breads while children can busy themselves feeding the winery’s alpacacs - and at Two Dragons you can try their wines in the company of two tone Dorper sheep.
Ulithorne have their cellar door located at the ‘The Mill’ (an old flour mill) right on the coast at Middleton. Their wines have received accolades from local and international wine writers.
Currency Creek Wine Region extends to
the historical Port Elliott in the south west
Ballast Stone Estate, the largest vineyard in the region has a comfortable tasting room were you can sample a number of award winning wines made for both local and export markets.
If you are a fan of wood fired oven pizzas with your wine, visit Currency Hills Wines along Deep Creek Road.
At Currency Creek Winery you can taste the wines, dine with sweeping views of the gardens and vineyards and take an after dinner stroll through the Black Swamp. They also provide self contained villas for those who enjoy a vineyard stay.
Currency Creek with its maritime climate and extensive waterways is a region to visit all year round. Kayak on Lake Alexandrina, sail around the islands of Hindmarsh, Mundoo and Long, surf and swim at Middleton and other beaches along the coast, and fish in a range of waters - and in winter take your position along the coast for some serious whale watching.
The river port of Goolwa is the largest town in the region. To celebrate all things maritime Goolwa hosts the biennial Wooden Boat and Music Festival which will be next held in 2011. Other smaller towns include, Middleton, Currency Creek and Finniss.
Surfing at Middleton Beach
Harvest time: early February to late April
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