Langhorne Creek is a quiet little corner of the Fleurieu Peninsula, home to rolling vineyards, small lot farms, and a prized collection of barrel ends, painted by some of Australia’s most renowned artists.
You’ll find the collection hanging on the ground floor stone walls at Bremerton Wines – a favoured watering hole for local artist and owner of the collection, David Dridan.
Bremerton Wines Marketing & Direct Sales Manager Lucy Wilson said David and her mum Mignonne share a love of silver-smithing, attending classes in Adelaide together.
“David was looking for a home for his collection, he didn’t want to see it put away into a container where no one could enjoy it,” Lucy said.
“We loved the idea of being home to his collection but we were initially a bit worried that the size might be a bit overwhelming… but it’s fitted in perfectly.”
The collection of 23 painted barrel ends includes some of Australia’s most famed artists including names such as Drysdale, Olsen, Pugh, Jack, Hick, Blackman and Gleghom.
David himself is one of South Australia’s most eminent painters, and the octogenerian continues to paint and show his art – with an additional exhibition of his and fellow Bremerton friend Geoff Weaver showing at the cellar door later this year.
“Geoff [Adelaide Hills’ winemaker and artist] is a close friend of our family and he comes to help as part of our wine tasting panel during vintage. He’s also close friends with David – so that exhibition will be a pretty special one,” Lucy said.
“We have a revolving exhibition of mostly Fleurieu artists upstairs, which changes monthly. When we started doing this a couple of years ago we’d have to go in search of artists but now we have a calendar that’s pretty much booked six to 12 months ahead.”
As well as art, Bremerton Wines cellar door has a restaurant, tasting bar and a wide range of regional produce for sale.
“We’re not trying to be all things to all people but having the cellar door is a great way to show off all the wonderful things we do have at our fingertips here on the Fleurieu,” she said.
In July Bremerton Wines will be showing an exhibition by the Shady Ladies – a group of nine Fleurieu artists who use a mix of mediums, including watercolour, gouache, charcoal, coloured pencil, acrylic, pastel, lead pencil, pen & ink and egg tempera.