THE PIONEER ROAD STORY
Like many of Australia’s renowned wine regions, Langhorne Creek was founded by people with two important Characteristics: “The vision to see what could be and the passion to make it happen”. Pioneer Road is testimony to those who made the journey.
The Pioneer Road story reflects the transition of Langhorne Creek from a primarily farming and horticultural area south of Adelaide, to one of South Australia’s major wine producing regions. Pioneer Road pays homage to a bygone era, before the region’s idyllic grape growing conditions were fully realised.
Project Wine has partnered with two of Langhorne Creek’s most experienced independent growers to source the fruit for the Pioneer Road range.
Image above: Project Wine Winery
Pioneer Road works with growers to select specific premium vineyard sites, selectively prune and harvest them at optimum flavour ripeness, and have the fruit delivered to the Winery within 15 minutes.
Pioneer Road offers a selection of varietal wines, which carry the hallmarks for which Langhorne Creek has become renowned – consistent quality wines that offer varietal definition, fruit generosity and great value for money.
Image above: Vineyard of our independent grower
Pioneering the Langhorne Creek region
The Langhorne Creek region’s wine industry was born in the 1860s, however its presence was overshadowed by other agricultural ventures such as dairy, fruit, wheat and beef. It was a century after the first grapes were planted that Langhorne Creek’s prominence as a grape growing and wine producing region became recognised by winemakers and wine writers.
Over the last two decades, the area under vines has expanded rapidly and, while retaining its unique sense of history, “The Creek” has become recognised for producing consistent and affordable, quality wines.
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This sparkling wine exhibits delightfully lifted and fruity aromatics. Driven by early-picked Chardonnay, the palate is rich and full of flavour.
This Riesling combines lifted aromas of lychee and citrus undertones with crisp pear, lemon and lime flavours, producing a balanced wine with complexity and length.
This Pinot Grigio displays lifted aromas of pear and citrus, combined with an attractive array of floral and fruit flavours and crisp acidity.
This Rosé combines lifted aromas of cherry and guava with delicate fruit flavours and a hint of talc, producing a wine with a crisp dry finish.
Pioneer Road Langhorne Creek Sangiovese
This Sangiovese has lifted aromas of cherry and plums, with a full flavoured palate of ripe plum, raspberry and spice that finishes with smooth tannins.
Pioneer Road Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits aromas of chocolate and dark cherries, with a richly flavoured palate of spicy ripe plum that finishes with smooth tannins.
Pioneer Road Langhorne Creek Shiraz
This Shiraz exhibits lifted aromas of spice, dark cherry and plums, with a rich, full flavoured palate of forest fruits and vanilla.
This Sauvignon Blanc from the renowned Adelaide Hills presents lifted aromas of passion fruit, orange blossom and a hint of cut grass, combined perfectly with light tropical and citrus flavours. The result, a finely textured wine with balanced acidity, freshness and excellent length.
Peter was introduced to the wine industry at a young age and quickly developed a passion. While studying for a degree in Oenology at the University of Adelaide, Peter completed a vintage with Peter Lehmann Wines in the Barossa Valley. Intent on broadening his experience, Peter spent the first half of 2001 working as a contract winemaker with Simeon Wines at Loxton and then travelled to the USA to work the 2001 vintage with Geyser Peak Wines in Sonoma Valley, California. In 2001 Peter joined Langhorne Creek Winery as Assistant Winemaker. Peter continued to grow and challenge himself as the business has expanded and he is now Pioneer Road’s Senior Winemaker. In his spare time Peter enjoys his cricket and football and catching up with family and friends.
After spending her entire school life at Loreto College Marryatville, Alicia successfully completed Year 12 in 2008. During this time, she undertook numerous leadership roles and represented Loreto in a number of academic and sporting teams, including captaining the School Athletic team in her final year.
Alicia has always shown an interest in various elements of design, so it was no surprise that when she finished high school, she was accepted into Uni SA, where she continues to study.
Given her family background, Alicia’s interest in wine and particularly wine labelling is also no surprise. At the age of four she turned her cubby house into a cellar door and she became quite a label critic after hours of walking through wine shops and trying to find her favourite label.
As she begins to grow her label portfolio, Alicia hopes you will enjoy the Pioneer Road experience as much as she has.