Bleasdale’s vineyards were founded in 1850 by Frank Potts, making Bleasdale one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries.
Having just celebrated its 150th anniversary, it is the second oldest continuously operated family-owned winery besides Yalumba located in the Barossa Valley.
Bleasdale, which has 50 hectares under production, produces around 100,000 cases in total. The principal varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec and the white varietal Verdelho. All the red wines produce the distinctive style of upfront fruit with a soft
textural feel to them.
They also produce in limited quantities a red blend that is named Frank Potts after the founder and uses all five
Bordeaux varietals. It is the winery's flagship wine and for the money represents one of the better values in all of Australia. It is definitely
a statement wine and illustrates the high quality of fruit that comes out of the Langhorne Creek area.
Although Bleasdale is firmly connected to its past, it is nonetheless forward-looking with its eye on the 21st century. A new cellar is just now being completed with state-of-the-art technology, alongside a new hospitality area. The old part of the winery is on the National Trust and National Heritage register.