The land on which Langmeil Winery now stands was purchased by a 36 year old German blacksmith, Christian Auricht. He and his family arrived in South Australia in 1838 after emigrating from eastern-central Europe (Silesia) to escape religious persecution.
It was their fifth move in seven years - from Klastawe to Turowo in 1837; to Hamburg in 1838; to South Australia and Glen Osmond in 1839; to Klemzig in 1840. Finally, to Langmeil, their home for the rest of their lives. All their belongings were carried in a bullock dray.
Christian immediately established a smithy, began farming and, in the years that followed, built a bakery, a cobbler’s shop, a butcher’s shop and the first well, which became the trading centre of the village.
The main roadway to Kapunda and Burra, important copper mining towns, passed by the village and many travellers stopped to water their horses and gather provisions before continuing their journeys.
Christian planted his first acre of vines on the estate. The variety was Shiraz and the vines are still producing fruit today. Auricht’s old vineyard is the source of Langmeil Winery’s single vineyard Shiraz. This rare wine commemorates the pioneering spirit of the first settlers and, because of their willingness to endure so much hardship for the right to keep their faith, it has been named The Freedom 1843 Shiraz. The vineyard is believed to be one of the oldest known surviving Shiraz vineyards in the world.
The first winery on the property was established in 1932 by Theodor Hanisch. Theodor was the youngest son of Eleonore Auricht, the second daughter of Christian Auricht.
The winery operated under the Paradale label. Later it was managed by Theodor’s son, Arthur (pictured right). Theodor died in 1968 and Arthur died just a year later in 1969.
The property was purchased in 1996 by three local mates whose families have lived in the Barossa Valley for several generations: Richard Lindner, Carl Lindner and Chris Bitter. They restored the remaining old buildings and the village well and beautified the gardens. As a tribute to the early pioneers, the new owners refurbished the old winery and named it Langmeil, after the original village.
In addition, some of Christian Auricht’s original vines still remained, a small patch of 1840s Shiraz, albeit neglected. The most important task was to rescue them. After several months of tender loving care, The Freedom vineyard was successfully revived. The vines are dry grown and hand picked. After careful gardening, Langmeil’s first vintage was harvested in 1997.
In 2011, Langmeil was purchased outright by Richard and Shirley Lindner and their boys, Paul (Winemaker) and James (Sales & Marketing) ensuring the succession of the business for many years to come.
Langmeil’s award winning premium range is internationally recognized and has contributed towards the winery being regarded as one of the top premium wine producers in Australia. The young team is dedicated to the success of the winery, driven only by quality in every aspect. Langmeil is a must visit when you are in the Barossa, with stunning grounds and tours showcasing the notable history to thousands of visitors annually.
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