In 1985 Craig and Mignonne Wilson bought the Bremerton Lodge property in Langhorne Creek, within the Fleurieu region of South Australia, and Craig produced his first wine in 1988 from grapes purchased from a neighbour. After three years of experimenting and trial winemaking, farm analysis was undertaken and two blocks were identified as suitable for wine growing on the Bremerton land – and so over the next couple of years the first 7.5 hectares of vines were planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. In 1993 the decision was made to become commercial winemakers with the cellar door opening in 1994. Today Bremerton remains family owned, run by Craig's daughters: Rebecca the winemaker, and Lucy the marketing manager, and they have expanded to 120 hectares under vine. Langhorne Creek is a cool climate area, sitting on the rich soils of the Bremer River flood plain, and Bremerton produce a broad range of high quality and individualistic award-winning wines with intense cool climate flavours. For the past 11 years they have been awarded a 5 star winery rating by James Halliday, which rates them in the top 5% of all Australian wineries. In 2001 Winestate Magazine named Rebecca one of the top five winemakers of the year, and The Wine Society Top Winemaker of the Year for Cabernet Sauvignon.