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McLaren Vale Wine Region

John McLaren was neither winemaker nor gastronomic genius, but he left an indelible mark on one of the foremost food and wine regions of Australia.

Working under orders from his boss Colonel William Light, Government Surveyor McLaren was responsible for mapping the regions south to the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Under his guidance, the McLaren Vale District (just 40 minutes south of Adelaide) was born in 1839, but a year earlier the first vines were planted in 1838 by John Reynell, a Devonshire farmer who brought vine cuttings from the Cape of Good Hope and planted them at what is now Reynella.

The Region has become one of Australia’s premier wine-producing districts, particularly renowned for its full-bodied reds.

The area is dotted by more than 60 cellar doors, most of which are shop fronts for small to medium-size boutique operations but also include such major Australian players as the BRL Hardy group and Rosemount. About 270 independent grape growers can also be found here.

Shiraz is a specialty, as are Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, while Merlot is becoming increasingly popular as a varietal. Chardonnay dominates the white varieties but Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling are also gaining kudos, and experimentation is taking place with Viognier, Marsanne and Sangiovese.

40km from Adelaide
75 Wineries Available
2 Attractions Available
Average Distance 200km
Average Duration 8hrs

Tour Highlights

On this page you can find our recommended tours however you are more than welcome to alter your tour at any time. We can discuss with you and organise unforgettable personalised experience. In any case for any tour in Adelaide Hills region we recommend visit to …..

D'Arenberg

Since 1912 the Osborn family have grown grapes and made wine in the picturesque surrounds of McLaren Vale. Today fourth generation family member Chester Osborn is at the winemaking helm, making distinctive wines using traditional methods in the winery and the vineyard.

From entry level to iconic, d’Arenberg wines are hand crafted with all grapes basket pressed and red wines fermented in small batch open fermenters and foot trod. The red striped range is considerable with 37 wines making use of over 25 varieties including white, red, fortified, sparkling red and dessert wines. Over a thousand show medals and praise from wine scribes the world over attest to their merits.

List of Region Wineries

ADELAIDE WINEMAKERS

ANGOVE MCLAREN VALE WINERY AND CELLAR DOOR

ARAMIS VINEYARDS

BATTLE OF BOSWORTH AND SPRING SEED WINES

BEACH ROAD WINES

BEKKERS WINE

BELLA COSA

BRASH HIGGINS WINE CO.

BRAYDUN HILL

BRICK KILN WINES

CASCABEL

CHAPEL HILL WINERY

CONTE ESTATE WINES

CORIOLE VINEYARDS

D’ARENBERG

DOGRIDGE WINE COMPANY

DOWIE DOOLE WINES & VINEYARDS

EKHIDNA WINES

FALL FROM GRACE

FIRST DROP WINES

FOGGO WINES

FOX CREEK WINES

GEMTREE WINES

GEOFF MERRILL WINES

GOODIESON BREWERY

GRAHAM STEVENS WINES

HALIFAX

HARDYS TINTARA

HASELGROVE WINERY

HASTWELL & LIGHTFOOT VINEYARD AND WINERY

HITHER & YON WINES

HUGH HAMILTON WINES

HUGO WINES PTY LTD

INKWELL

J & J VINEYARDS

KANGARILLA ROAD WINERY

KAY BROTHERS AMERY VINEYARDS

LA CURIO WINES

LAVINA WINES

LAZY BALLERINA

LECONFIELD – HOME OF RICHARD HAMILTON WINES

LLOYD BROTHERS WINE AND OLIVE COMPANY

MAXIMUS WINES AUSTRALIA

MAXWELL WINES

MCLAREN VALE III ASSOCIATES

MIDDLEBROOK ESTATE

MINKO WINES & PROVIDORE

MITOLO WINES

MOLLYDOOKER WINES

MR RIGGS WINE COMPANY

NOON WINERY

OLIVER’S TARANGA VINEYARDS

OLIVERHILL WINERY

OXENBERRY FARM WINES

PAXTON WINES

PENNY’S HILL & THE KITCHEN DOOR

PERTARINGA

RED POLES

ROSEMOUNT ESTATE CELLAR DOOR

SAMUEL’S GORGE

SC PANNELL WINES

SERAFINO MCLAREN VALE

SHINGLEBACK WINE

SHIRVINGTON

SHOTTESBROOKE VINEYARDS

SYLVAN SPRINGS ESTATES

ULITHORNE WINES

VINROCK WINES

WAYWOOD WINES

WIRRA WIRRA VINEYARDS

WOODSTOCK WINE ESTATE

YANGARRA ESTATE VINEYARD

ZIMMERMANN WINE

Star Of Greece - Fine Dining

The truly good things in life are a convergence of influences that cannot be replicated, but rather should be savoured, cherished, and shared. Such is the Star of Greece.

A stunning cliff top restaurant and kiosk offering the best in local seafood, regional produce and stunning views

List of Region Attractions

Onkaparinga Gorge

Willunga Farmers Market

 

 

 

“From the Meet and Greet where David asked us about the wines we normally drink, to the scenic tour and the divine wines we tried, it was the best day of our entire holiday. David is a wonderful and fun character that went out of his way to make sure we were enjoying both the wines but also the entire experience. Have recommended him to friends and will tour with him again when we come back to Adelaide. Thanks Mate!”

Jeff & Liz Davenport

Los Angeles – USA

A fantastic private wine tour run by David. I can’t rave enough about David and he’s ‘magic van’ what we called his very well equipped van and the tour. David listened to what we wanted to do and drink and tailored the day around us. Lunch was included in the bill. We couldn’t believe how quickly the day went and were really happy with the vineyards we visited. David was knowledgeable and fun!”

Tracey & Glenn Trelaoar

Brisbane – Australia