Amble through the majestic grounds of Longview Vineyard to the highest point, and you’ll find yourself 430 meters above sea level. Before you is one of the longest, uninterrupted views that you’ll find anywhere in the state, including the shimmering Lake Alexandrina, the spectacular dunes of the Southern Ocean to the east, and the rolling hills of the Fleurieu Peninsula to the west. Take it all in – you may just be in paradise.
Ancient gum trees, colourful birdlife, thoroughbred horses and Suffolk sheep live and breathe amongst the thriving grapevines at Longview. Spanning 70 hectares within the valley, Longview is surrounded by spectacular undulating hills covered in vine.
Since its inception in 1995, Longview Vineyard has become so much more. The site also boasts 12 four-star bed and breakfast suites and a large homestead overlooking the breathtaking views, as well as a popular function area within a painstakingly restored barn and dairy. A charming and atmospheric Cellar Door can also be found in one of the original homesteads, and locals flock here every Sunday for fresh, seasonal menus paired with estate-grown wines.
Located just outside the historic township of Macclesfield, Longview is owned entirely by brothers Mark and Peter Saturno. The brothers have been surrounded by wines since birth, growing up in the family’s wine store, restaurant and hotel businesses. Then, individual experiences both in Australia and the US, teamed with their mutual love of the Adelaide Hills and beautiful, cool-climate wines, lead them to Longview.
Since the first vintage was released in 2001, Longview has collected 16 trophies, more than 75 gold medals and countless silver and bronze medals in Australia
and abroad. In 2009 Longview was inducted into the South Australian Hall of Fame for Wine tourism, so you don’t want to miss this place if you’re vineyard hopping.
Not only does each of Longview’s wines harness distinct characteristics of individual varietals but throughout the entire portfolio there is an unmistakable expression of the vineyard’s terroir.
While the vineyard produces gruner veltliner, pinot grigio, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, semillon, riesling, barebera, nebbiolo, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir, the flagship drop is the shiraz. The Piece Shiraz is a limited edition wine (less than 2400 bottles are made), with an elegance and complexity that is hard to beat. Once opened, it has rich aromas of white pepper, maraschino cherry, liquorice and mocha, coupled with restrained pencil shavings of French oak. The palate displays a tightly wound balance of cherry, red currant, blueberries and a fresh acidity. Dusty tannins complement the finish, which is dry and clean with tremendous length.
If you’re visiting on Australia Day you will bear witness to the graffiti art project – The Piece. Each year four artists vie for a chance to be featured on the label of Longview’s The Piece Shiraz, creating an original canvas in just five hours. Guests can stroll through the vineyard, sipping on award-winning wine while witnessing live art, dance and musical celebrations.
Longview has an out-of-the-way charm that makes you feel like you’ve discovered something new, and a “wow-factor” that will have you returning for more.