The Follett family has been grape growers in Langhorne Creek for 120 years and have been making wine for the past 25 years. They have rapidly built an enviable reputation for consistently producing outstanding wines. Lake Breeze has achieved an extraordinary level of success in Australian Wine Shows, including 25 trophies and over 100 gold medals since 1994. As a result, Lake Breeze is one of Australia’s most awarded boutique wineries, including being named Australia’s Champion Small Winery at the Australian Small Winemakers Show and has won the Best Red Wine of the Adelaide Wine Show – Max Schubert Trophy – on two occasions.
Winemaker, Greg was raised on the family farm (dairy and vineyard), and along with his two brothers and two sisters, is part of the 4th generation of Follett’s to work on the family property. In 1990, Greg graduated from Roseworthy Agricultural College with a degree in Winemaking, and over the next few years worked several vintages in Australia, as well as in California and France. He returned in 1992, to his parents Ken and Marlene’s, property to commence making wine and to take a more active role in the family’s newly established winery.
The first two wines Greg made under the Lake Breeze label from the 1992 vintage both won trophies. The 1992 ‘Bernoota’ and 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon went on to accumulate 12 gold medals and 3 trophies between them. Since then, Lake Breeze has gone from strength to strength to be one of Australia’s most awarded boutique wineries, with Greg’s wines amassing 25 trophies, 105 gold medals and numerous other awards. The winery designed by Greg, was built in 1998. It houses small open top fermenters which enables Greg to focus on a traditional style of winemaking. Lake Breeze selects only the best 30% of fruit from the older vines on the property, to create wines with amazing depth of flavour. Greg believes his greatest assets are the old vines on the property and the concentrated fruit they produce. This enables Greg to take a minimalist approach and allows the fruit to speak for itself. He takes a ‘hands on’ approach, responsible for all facets of the business, from fruit selection through to sales and marketing.
South Australia, Langhorne Creek