Howlin’ Gale Wines was originally formed to assist with satisfying our own family’s drinking habits. Our mother Jen and late father Mick have been tremendous contributors to the cause.
Ack & Tom whilst being buffered sitting in the upper bar, drinking copious Lake Breeze reds, at Ack’s house on the shores of Lake Alexandrina and, after a lifetime of observation, noticed the winds around the lake were not gentle breezes.
The winds were in fact very strong, were always blowing and they were more like gale force!
The thought then entered our heads and hence the creation of the label Howlin' Gale
The first Vintage was in 1998 with a Shiraz from Lake Breeze Wines who kindly allowed us to rebadge a 'cleanskin' they had available.
Since then we have developed into a unique boutique wine company, distributing our wines throughout Australia.
We make our wines from single vineyard fruit, all sourced from the Langhorne Creek area and as close as possible to the shores of Lake Alexandrina.
We believe the closeness to the Lake frontage ensures a higher quality of fruit. It appears the closer the fruit is to the Lake the earlier the fruit ripens.
The winds (and Howlin' Gale) appear to ensure a lower yield but produce fruit with more intense flavours and varietal characteristics.
All our wines are made to be enjoyed - with or without food - we don’t care how you have them.
We drink plenty of the stuff ourselves and therefore we are our own number one critic.
We hope you enjoy the experience!
Some may say it is unfortunate we do not put more detail about each wine on the label.
We ask you taste it and judge for yourselves, rather than us putting ideas into your heads.
Ack is the budding poet and he uniquely provides a new poem on the back of each and every new variety and vintage.
After thousands of hours sitting on a tractor his creative juices start to flow!
Please amuse yourselves over the poems on the back label of each bottle or they are all listed under Gale Tales for your convenience.