Where the vines meet the sea.
McLaren Vale is the rock star region of South Australia. You’ll find sun, surf and sand, gourmet produce, cultural gigs aplenty, and vines! Lots and lots of vines. There’s something about the magic of the undulating rural landscape and the proximity to superb coastline that attract arty types, so along with a barrel-load of vignerons, there are also foodie and cultural artisans colouring the region with their fabulous creations. And at only 40 minutes’ drive by car from Adelaide, plenty of city slickers escape the mayhem in a weekend splurge of relaxation.
Shiraz is by far the most popular and important variety in McLaren Vale, accounting for about 50% of the total crush. Why are Shiraz and McLaren Vale such good friends? The area’s thin soils, restricted water and warm summers exploit Shiraz’s natural vigour and produce intensely flavoured fruit and wine with a deep purple colour, which can go for decades in the bottle.
What to do in the McLaren Vale region?
Go for a swim at Sellicks Beach or Pt Willunga. Eat at The Star of Greece, The Salopian Inn, a casual meal at The Victory or a fine dining experience at Fino in Willunga and drink wines at the 70+ welcoming cellar doors scattered around the Vale. Hot tip: bring a van or large trailer to cart back all the superb drops you’ve bought along the way. Head here to find a lodging that works for you.