McLaren Vale, Adelaide
McLaren Vale is just a 45 minute drive from Adelaide and has more than 60 wineries where you can sample the exquisite wines of the region.
The ICON wines for the region iare shiraz and cab/sav. Of course they also produce great whites as well.
The best way to enjoy the region is to take a full day with Cultural Tourism Professionals, a tourism business that specialises in wine tours for private groups. Groups can vary in size from just 2 people 6 people. Their website address is: www.culturaltourism.com.au
Took a day tour with Adelaide Sightseeing Tours for A$48 (circa 2001) to explore the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The tour starts with drive-bys of a number of wind-swept coastal towns south of Adelaide - Christies Beach, Port Noarlunga and Moana, where we had a stop at Moana to have a look at the beaches there. I remembered it was biting cold as the wind gushes around us from atop the bluff and all the ladies were running back into the warmth of the coach after a quick look. The blues of the ocean was fantastic though and I don't mind the wind!
I thought we would be going for coffee next even though the next stop is the McLaren Vale Wine District. The first stop is....alas, not coffee, but wine (in the morning!) at Tatachilla Winery.
I would absolutely recommend visits to the following wineries :
A beautiful Italian style courtyard and tiny character cellar door specialising in Italian reds and a delicious Chenin Blanc. Views from Coriole are lovely and they also stock some scrumptious olives and cheeses!
- Chapel Hill
Chapel Hills vines are on full display here and a lawned area is great for an impromptu picnic. Home to the fabulous Unwooded Chardonnay, Chapel Hill's friendly staff make this a great stop.
Rosemount stock a HUGE variety of wines and are much more commercialised than some of the other boutique wineries (catering to a greater range of palates perhaps?). Their staff are extremely knowledgeable and urge you to try a large variety. Mid-range pricing, you are sure to find something you like.
Basic cellar door on the main street of McLaren Vale but home to a wonderful Sparkling Red and some lovely Shiraz.
The ideal introduction to South Australia's wines starts in the McLaren Vale Wine Region, which has been recognised internationally as a designated wine producing region. McLaren Vale is famous for its reds; Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
Perfect for daytrips , weekend stays or vacations away from the hussle and bussle of the city. McLaren Vale offers something for everyone. All year round they host Wine Tastings, food and wine festivals, Community Picnics , Music Festivals , Art and Craft Exhibitions and much , much more. It also has the advantage of being only 10 minutes from some of SA's best beach's.
Although more people seem to know about the Barossa valley when it comes to wine regions in this state, I personally believe McLaren Vale has alot more to offer.