The Follett family has been proudly growing grapes for more than 130 years and established Lake Breeze Wines in 1987. The beautiful vineyard now houses a charming Cellar Door that boasts stunning views across the grounds, as well as a beautiful multi-purpose function and eating space.
The original vineyard was established by Arthur Follett in the 1880s and is now run by Ken and Marlene Follett along with sons Roger, Greg and Tim. When Ken and Marlene recognised the potential of their fruit, which was at the time being sent to Penfolds in the Barossa, they were encouraged to embark on a winemaking adventure of their own, with their first vintage arriving in 1987.
Greg grew up on the family farm (dairy and vineyard) and along with his two brothers and two sisters, is part of the fourth generation of Folletts to work on the family property. In 1990 Greg graduated from Roseworthy Agricultural College before returning home in 1992 to commence making wine. Since then his wines have enjoyed enormous success
Greg takes a hands-on approach to the wine, responsible for all facts from fruit selection to sales and marketing. When it comes to actually working the grape, he is a minimalist, allowing the concentrated fruit to speak for itself. His passion shows, with Lake Breeze being labeled a 5-star winery by James Halliday and boasting 39 trophies, 140 gold medals and numerous other awards.
Cool afternoon breezes from Lake Alexandrina help create a surprisingly cool climate, which allows for a longer, more even ripening period. This is coupled with deep, rich alluvial soil that is deposited by the annual flooding of the Bremer River.
The longevity of the site means most vines are more than 40 years old, with the oldest planted in 1932. These grenache grapes are still being used today to produce Old Vine Grenache. The climate allows Lake Breeze to produce a diverse offering of wines, including Section 54 Shiraz, Winemaker’s Selection Shiraz, Old Vine Grenache, Reserve Chardonnay, vermentino and moscato.
Lake Breeze’s flagship wine is Arthur’s Reserve, a tribute to their great grandfather Arthur Follett. It’s a Bordeaux style blend, predominantly cabernet, with just 8% petit verdot and 8% malbec. It shows classic blackcurrant aromas with violets, subtle mint and savoury characters and a palate with great depth and silkiness. With correct cellaring, it will drink beautifully over the next 15-20 years and pairs perfectly with marinated lamb.
The old vineyards in front of the Cellar Door are bordered by immaculate lawns and shaded with magnificent river red gums. As the perfect backdrop to a delicious meal and glass of wine it’s no surprise it also hosts a range of events throughout the year.
If you’re there in November check out the annual Handpicked Festival, which attracts more than 3,000 people each year with local and national artists. The inaugural Handpicked Festival featured Jessica Mauboy, and Birds of Tokyo headlined the following year and all happened at Lake Breeze Wines.