McLaren Vale Visitor Centre
The McLaren Vale Visitor Centre is an ideal place to plan your visit to the region. The friendly staff can recommend food and wine experiences, art and craft experiences, stunning local beaches and much more: www.mclarenvale.info
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The McMurtrie Mile
Six good neighbours along McMurtrie Road have joined together to offer the best in food, wine and art. Purchase a McMurtrie Mile passport card for $15 and when you spend more than $25 at a participating venue, you will receive a Spieglau wine glass valued at $15.
Two new experiences have recently been added. A self drive tour for $99 and a hosted tour for $195 that includes local or city pick up. Both include lunch at Red Poles plus exclusive winery, vineyard and tasting experiences at each of the other five participating sites; Wirra Wirra, Hugh Hamilton, Primo Estate, Sabella Wines and the Vale Inn. Bookings are essential. Click here to visit their website.
Wirra Wirra, one the regions best known wineries is only one kilometre from the Cottage. The cellar door and wines are simply world class. Learn about the late Greg Trott, a legendary figure who helped shape the wine industry in McLaren Vale. Click here to visit their website.
Hugh Hamilton Wines
Hugh Hamilton is one of the regions great characters. Although Hugh does not take himself too seriously, his wines are seriously good. The view from the cellar door is spectacular, click here.
Pertaringa Wines cellar door is only one kilometre from the cottage at the intersection of Rifle Range and Hunt Roads, hence the name of their premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Rifle and Hunt. The two Shiraz wines, Undercover and Over the Top are both world class and for those who prefer sweeter styles, the Moscato and Full Fronti Fortified are highly recommended. Click here to visit their website.
Red Poles Chef Chris Chilvers offers a delicious selection of local and imported produce, at reasonable prices.
The ever-changing menu is a delight, enjoy the quiet surroundings and sample the wines for which the Southern Vales are renowned.
Kitchen Door at Pennys Hill
The Award winning Kitchen Door within the Penny’s Hill cellar door complex is one of Australia’s best restaurants. The superb degustation menu is matched with Penny’s Hill and Mr Riggs wines and changes every eight weeks. Open for lunch every day, guests of Peppermint Farm Cottage receive a 10% discount. Click here to visit their website.
Ekhidna Ekhidna is one of the new breed of wine and dine experiences in McLaren Vale. The complex on Kangarilla Road between McLaren Vale and McLaren Flat is a fine dining restaurant, cellar door and micro brewery all in one. The food is superb with premium wines and beers to match. Try the Thai chicken noodle balls with Ekhidna Grenache, exquisite! The Paper Eagle Linchpin Shiraz is one of the Vale’s most impressive wines. Go to www.ekhidnawines.com.au or http://www.papereagle.com.au/.
The beautiful McLaren wine region is just a 45 minute drive from Adelaide Airport or the Adelaide CBD. The region is not only famous for its world class wines, but also for its sensational restaurants and cafes. As a bonus, some of Australia’s best beaches are only ten minutes away.
Best known for its wineries and welcoming cellar doors, McLaren Vale also produces fruits and is an extensive almond growing region. Little wonder that it has an abundance of cafes and restaurants whose chefs happily showcase local produce.
The main street of McLaren Vale is a charming showcase of cellar doors, local produce, art and craft stores, cafes and more.
The first McLaren Vale vines were planted by John Reynell in 1838 and by 1850 the well known Hardy and Seaview wineries were in operation.
Walk or cycle along the old railway alignment between Willunga and Seaford – through vineyards, wild olives and old gum trees – to get a feel for this gorgeous countryside.
The McLaren Vale region is dotted by more than 50 wineries, most of which are small to medium-size boutique operations but also including such major Australian players as the BRL Hardy group and Rosemount. About 270 independent grape growers can also be found here.
Shiraz is a specialty, as are Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, while Merlot is becoming increasingly popular as a varietal. Chardonnay dominates the white varieties but Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling are also gaining kudos, and experimentation is taking place with Viognier, Marsanne and Sangiovese.
With dozens of cellar doors, you’ll be spoilt for choice in McLaren Vale. Among the best are Coriole Winery, d’Arenberg Vineyard and Winery and Wirra Wirra Vineyards and Cellars.Content: South Australian Tourism Commission and ATDW