If you are a lover of chocolates and sweets, I dare you to walk past here!!
This is Menz chocolates outlet centre, where there fresh chocolates and lollies are for sale. A huge array greeted me, but it was the MENZ FRU-CHOC'S that I had come for. This South Australian item is hard to resist. Filled with yummy apricot and peach, and coated in chocolate, these round balls are a must!
Good too, they sell seconds, which means they are just a bit mis-shapen for half the price!
It's a chance to see the vintage confectionery machines and learn about how they work. Some are over 100 years old!
OPEN....ALL WEEK ....10 - 5pm
The heritage listed Mortlock Mill is located in the Hardy-Tintara estate.
They say 1878, was a turning point in the history of McLaren Vale, because this was when growing wheat and flour milling had come to a standstill. The land was left for vines.
This was when Thomas Hardy acquired the Tintara vineyards and brand name. Around the same time, the Mortlock Flour Mill was not needed any more, so what did Thomas Hardy do, bought it of course, converting it to the Tintara Mill Cellars.
Today, it is these same cellars that house the Tintara winery.
The Pioneer and Founder of Hardys Wines, was Thomas Hardy, who came to Australia from Devon, England, on the ship, "The British Empire."
A self made man, Thomas Hardys vision for the McLaren Vale region and for South Australia led him to purchase the Tintara Winery in 1876. One of Australia's icons, Hardys has a rich heritage spanning more than 150 years and 6 generations, and has amassed in excess of 2700 awards. Hardy's wines are available in more than 70 countries and is known for making some of the best Shiraz in the world.
It is easy to find in the main street. Located in historic stone buildings, including a lovely garden, I found this Winery quite impressive. Did you know that Tintara has the oldest bottle of Australian Wine?
Tours -The Historical Building and Garden Tour
Private tours with a minimum of 10 guests or Self Guided tours are available.
Car and Mini Bus Parking
Public and Disabled Toilets
Open 7 Days 10am-4.30pm.
Open Public Holidays excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day.
McLaren Vale is one of Australia’s renowned wine regions, famous for producing some the best wines in the world.
Every year the McLaren Vale Wine Show is held, and one outstanding winemaker is crowned Bushing King. There is a map put out with all the winning wineries, so all you have to do, is get the map, a car and driver, [mustn't be over .05 alcohol limit when driving] and go to all the Wineries.
With over 60 wineries/Cellar doors in not an overly large area, there is no shortage of choosing ones to visit. I picked up a good FREE BOOKLET, which outlined where they were, or you can download from the website listed below.
The Almond Train is located in the main street of McLaren Vale.
If you walk around this area, like I did, you will not miss it. The old green carriage arrived has been here since 1984. It was built at Islington, South Australia and entered service in 1924. Now retired, it sits on part of the Adelaide to Willunga line which it used to run.
"The Almond Train" is a popular stop in McLaren Vale. Here you can purchase products and gourmet foods of the region, and also get to taste some, like almonds, dukkah, olives and olive oil. Just browse for gifts, crafts, and souvenirs, no problem doing this. They even make up unique gourmet gift basket's which they will ship worldwide, just give a ring or email.
I think what is nice, are the seating booths, each with a window and curtain that makes it a unique place to enjoy a meal, or just coffee & cake. They have a children's menu too. On a nice sunny day, you may want to enjoy your food at the outdoor seating
Bikes are available for hire from here.
OPEN.....everyday from 10am until 4:30pm.
We were on our way from Willunga to McLaren Vale, when we saw what looked like and old English estate!
There standing in the middle of a lush green paddock, was this old double storey homestead.
Next to it, enclosed behind a stone fence, the Black faced Suffolk Sheep were happily grazing.
What a lovely setting!
It turned out to be 'Ingleburne Farm," settled around 1846 by Thomas Overton and family, who farmed the land. Originally it was named "Bay of Biscay", derived from the region's black soil type.
In 1854, the property was renamed "Ingleburne". The owner had returned from the goldfields with plenty of money, enabling him to build the elegant and imposing two story Georgian style residence, a landmark for those travelling between McLaren Vale and Willunga.
His name was Goss, a successful farmer. In 1998, it changed hands an became Penny's Hill label. Major restoration including new cellars, gallery and function facility and restaurant followed before being opened as home to Penny's Hill in 2001.
Mr. Rigg's and The Black Chook premium wines have won quite a few awards, so now is your chance to taste some of these wines. A gallery of changing art works by Australian artists is on display.
You can enjoy a food-wine experience at the 'The Kitchen Door' restaurant, 'Ingleburne Farm’
I found out you can stay overnight or longer in the 1850s two storey, Georgian style homestead.
You can hire bicycles at either Almond Train or Oxygen Cycles in the main street. From there you are able to join the Shiraz trail which runs along the linear park. The sealed path is a shared pedestrian, cycle and horse route which is reasonably flat. It connects the visitors centre, Main street and Kangarilla and McMurtrie Roads. Along the way there are several cafe's and restaurants, as well as wineries where you can stop for something to eat or drink.
A veritable name, Hardy's Tintara cellardoor is located right in the middle of town. I liked to professionalism of the cellardoor's somellier who made sure the wine we tasted were ideal - if not, a new bottle would be opened. Reds are served in Bordeaux glass which accentuated the aroma. Had a very good experience with the 2002 Shiraz.
An old and established vineyard now owned by the stock market listed Southcorp group, it is one of the more famous wine producers in the Vale. The cellardoor is well decorated, rustic with many large old oak barrels for visitors to look at. The people running the cellardoor are a friendly and helpful couple. One good thing about Rosemount is that you could sample it's premium wines without paying a "deposit"/testing fee.
I particularly enjoyed their 2004 GSM blend which wasn't expensive.
K1 winery must be one of the best winery's I have ever visited, the selection of wines are absolute stunning and the surroundings are unbelievable.
Relax on the balcony or around the lake and enjoy some beautiful wines.
Bring a pinic basket and spend some time relaxing.
Another popular wine labeland vineyard is d'Arenberg's or simply d'Arry. It's cellar door and restaurant is in a 19th century homestead.