Breathe in the deep, heavy aroma of wine-soaked barrels. Experience the character and charm of Fleurieu wineries and cellar doors.
Get a real taste
It’s a bit of a surprise to find out just how close McLaren Vale is to Adelaide. Once you leave the Southern Expressway, it’s less than a five minute drive to the hills of Old Noarlunga. You will soon see the lines of vineyards laid out in front of you.
McLaren Vale is a wine lover's paradise. With a name for strong Shiraz, rich Cabernet Sauvignon and fresh Grenache, you're bound to find a favourite. If you’re staying in the area, your hosts can give you some insider knowledge to set you on your way. The McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre is also a great place to start planning your trip around the cellar doors.
Take some time-out and enjoy world-class wine at Angove winery, McLaren Vale.
Take a tour
Once you’ve finished in the famous "Vale", travel up to Willunga and the start of the Southern Fleurieu wine region. This region includes Yankalilla, Mount Jagged, Hindmarsh Valley and Victor Harbor. While lesser known, up here you’ll find excellent Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as well as a few other surprises.
After that, take your time to meander towards the Murray River, set back from the coast and Lake Alexandrina. The climate is a little cooler than in McLaren Vale and Adelaide. You'll taste the difference in the earthy red blends and crispy, tangy whites. Taste and dine among thick, old gum trees or watch the boats sail by.
No really, there’s more
Next along is Langhorne Creek, with closely gathered cellar doors and a wide number of boutique producers. Grapes were first planted here more than 160 years ago and the region is known for excellent Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends. But make sure not to overlook the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and fresh Verdelho. They’re attracting a lot of attention from international buyers.
Currency Creek is another wine region not to be missed. Cosy cellar doors and luxury retreats may lure you in for more than just the wine tasting.
If you're around in June, make sure you don't miss out on the Sea and Vines Festival: a showcase of the region's best produce.
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