Once a derelict winery within an abandoned village of a bygone era, Langmeil was lovingly resurrected by three Barossa families in 1996. To this day, one of the families, the Lindners, maintains custodianship of the proprety’s historic sites, which in combination with the beautiful gardens makes a visit to the oldest shiraz vineyard a must-see for all wine enthusiasts.
Langmeil uses both new- and old-world equipment to capture the characteristics of each variety, while protecting the subtleties of its vineyards. Open fermenters and basket presses are used to create its premium red wines. Langmeil ‘The Freedom’ 1843 Shiraz is a consummate example of the winery’s ability to blend traditional resources with dynamic and modern winemaking techniques.
Accumulating a legion of accolades and awards both locally and abroad, Langmeil’s approach to winemaking has led to its recognition as one of Australia’s best producers of premium wine.
Taking its name from the second settlement of German emigrants to the Barossa Valley, the family-owned and -operated winery acknowledges the importance and influence of its long history by purposefully integrating it with modern ideologies.
For those wishing to fully immerse themselves in the history of Langmeil, ‘The Freedom Experience’ is an intimate tour for up to eight people that will take you on a journey through yesteryear to the present day. Starting with a guided tour of the village, you’ll then be able to pay homage to what are believed to be the world’s oldest surviving shiraz vines that were planted by the original founder Christian Auricht in 1843. This is then followed by a tasting of some of the vineyard’s limited wines in the Freedom Cellar.
Located beneath the original cobbler’s shop that was built in 1884, the recently restored Freedom Cellar is a highlight for those who would like to gain intimate insight into old winemaking practices. A long-standing James Halliday 5-star-rated winery, the award-winning cellar door bears the Barossa Trust Mark and has won multiple South Australian Tourism awards.
⇐ Langmeil ‘The Freedom’ 1843 Old Vine Shiraz
This rich, fruity wine is wonderfully balanced, featuring notes of briary and sweet spices. With lovely, silky tannins, this unique shiraz was sourced from The Freedom shiraz vines, which are believed to be some of the oldest and rarest plantings in the world. The shiraz vines were originally planted in 1843 by vigneron Christian Auricht, who had travelled to the Barossa Valley to escape war and persecution in Prussia.
⇐ Langmeil ‘The Orphan Bank’ Old Vine Shiraz
A testament to Langmeil’s commitment to preserving old and rare Barossa vineyards, this delightful shiraz was sourced from ten rows of pre-1860-planted vines that were saved and replanted on the banks of the North Para River.
⇐ Langmeil ‘The Valley Floor’ Shiraz
The Barossa is famous for its viticulture, history and winemaking dating back to the 1840s, and at its heart is the Valley Floor – a highly-prized strip of prime viticultural land that’s the very foundation and forms the essence of this wine. A true taste of the Barossa, this iconic shiraz has a rich palate of spicy red fruits, velvety tannins and a peppery finish.
⇐ Langmeil ‘Wattle Brae’ Langmeil ‘Wattle Brae’
Capturing the best of the region and variety, this dry riesling is sourced from the old vines of a single vineyard planted in the Eden Valley that’s affectionately known as ‘Wattle Brae’. This wine typically displays a delightful zestiness mouth feel that’s complemented by notes of lime and tropical fruits.
Corner Para and Langmeil Roads,
Open 10:30am–4:30pm daily
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday
Weddings & Functions
Small group and corporate events for up to twenty-two people by appointment only
Guided tours of the historic site and wine tastings at the cellar door are by appointment only