Situated 39 kilometres or a 45-minute drive south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is one of the most accessible wine regions in the country. McLaren Vale is less than an hour’s drive from Adelaide. It is a charming township surrounded by more than 70 vineyards and wineries.
The vast majority have their own cellar door, where tastings and sales are available.
McLaren Vale also produces fruit and is an extensive almond growing region. It’s little wonder that McLaren vale has an abundance of cafés and restaurants, whose chefs delight in cooking with local produce.
McLaren Vale is known for exceptional wines, regional produce and beautiful scenery. It’s nestled between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the beaches of Gulf St Vincent.
McLaren Vale is both a town (population 5070) and a wine region, located on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The locals call it a boutique village and while the town is small, it is jam-packed with restaurants, cafes, boutiques and galleries.
Its long main street, which runs for eight kilometres to the village of Willunga, is dotted with 19th-century ironstone buildings, while many rustic wineries are heritage listed.
As one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, the rolling hills of McLaren Vale are covered in vineyards, many of which have sweeping views over St Vincent’s Gulf and the magnificent Mount Lofty Ranges.
Named after David McLaren, the colonial manager of the South Australian Company, the region’s first vines were planted in 1838 by John Reynell.
Farming and viticulture have dominated McLaren Vale since the 1840s and today’s growers produce almonds, olives, quinces, pears and a bounty of fruit and vegetables.