Worth a Trip: Currency Creek & Langhorne Creek Wine Regions

Once slated as the capital of SA, Currency Creek (www.currencycreekwineregion.com.au), 10km north of Goolwa, is now content with producing show-stopping wines. One Paddock Currency Creek Winery has around 160 acres under vine (brilliant cabernet sauvignon) plus a fab restaurant for Sunday lunch (mains $25 to $30). Bookings advised.

Further north, 16km east of Strathalbyn, Langhorne Creek (www.langhornecreek.com) is one of Australia's oldest wine-growing regions. It's home to 20-plus wineries, producing shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. Bleasdale Winery was the district's first, and has a wide range, historic cellars and an old red-gum lever press (don't get your fingers stuck). Run by two savvy sisters, Bremerton Wines is an innovative operator in an old-school region, producing top chardonnay and shiraz. For a solid Langhorne Creek wine overview, try the Winehouse, a collective cellar door for five wineries.