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...more
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...more
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...more
Wineries..........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,...more
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...more
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,"...more
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...more
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.more
Cnr Main Road & Caffrey St, McLaren Vale, 5171, Australia
Good for: Families
Kangarilla Road, PO Box 623, McLaren Vale, 5171, Australia
Good for: Solo
12 Chalk Hill Road, McLaren Vale, 5171, Australia
Good for: Families
After too much wine tasting, what could be better to end the day with a nice cup of cappucino and some chocolates for the road trip back to Adelaide. Bracegirdle's had won a number of awards for it's Belgian chocolate creations. Located right next to the Beresford cellardoor with great vews of the surrounding vineyard and river. Try the sinful...more
We shared 2 of the tasting platters and a brilliant bottle of shiraz for about $70AUD which seemed like very good value.One of the platters had a number of different examples of local produce eg olives, grilled capsicums, smoked meats, almonds while the other had a wedge of Kangaroo Island brie and a muscat flavoured pate.The coffee was also very...more
I am talking about walking the main street of McLaren Vale. Unlike many towns, where I could walk along the main street and surrounding streets in a fairly compact area, McLaren Vale is different.
The township of McLaren Vale originally consisted of two small villages, Gloucester to the east, established in 1851, and Bellevue to the west, established in 1854, this is why the street is long as they joined together and became McLaren Vale.
It is also why you find the main heritage area in distinct parts of McLaren Vale, obviously, one was Gloucester and the other Bellevue. There is no need to walk the whole main street because of this reason.
What a gorgeous restored Chapel it was!Chapel Hill winery takes its name from the historic ironstone chapel built on the property in 1865. The Christian Bible Church was used as a Church for the local area, then later also used as a parish school. It was 100years old when it closed and fell into disrepair until its restoration in the 1970s by...more
As we drove along Blewett Springs Road, we came across Chapel Hill Winery. It looked very inviting, so we went to the Cellar Door.The Chapel Hill brand began in 1973. They own and operate 44 hectares of vineyardsThe Cellar Door is in a lovely stone building. Chapel Hill has won many awards for their wines.Local art was on the walls, and I loved the...more
Tourist Route 60, is a MUST DO if you have a car.Begin either end as it is a circle starting from McLaren Vale main street.We took the Kangarilla road and followed it nearly to McLaren Flat, where we saw the large brown tourist signpost pointing to the left, to follow route 60 along Blewitt Springs road. All along here was fabulous scenery, grape...more
Heritage signs are what I love to see in towns where the buildings are old. Not all the time, have I been able to be somewhere when the tourist office is open. In country towns, often they are only open for short times as they are run by volunteers.
Well, if they aren't open, and you haven't been able to pick up the heritage walk brochure, no worries here, as infront of all the important heritage buildings is the signage shown in my photo's. Plenty of information, and an old photo, just great!