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29 Jun 2018

Spend three days in McLaren Vale exploring prime wine country and stunning coastal vistas.

Wedged between the rolling Onkaparinga Hills and the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula coast lies South Australia's McLaren Vale wine region. Here, you'll spend your days dining on farm-fresh, sustainable produce, sipping world-famous wine and staying at luxurious retreats.

Gorgeous beaches and prime wine country collide in the Fleurieu Peninsula’s McLaren Vale, with more than 70 cellar doors to explore. Just a short 40-minute drive from the Adelaide CBD, here you’ll find internationally-renowned Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay as well as lesser-produced varieties such as Tempranillo, Marsanne, Rousanne and Sangiovese.

Experience the best with our three-day McLaren Vale itinerary. Enter here for your chance to win the Ultimate Foodie Getaway to South Australia, including a Masterclass with Gary Mehigan.

1. Friday: Settle-in to Mulberry Lodge

McLaren Vale vines

Morning: Arrive at Adelaide Airport or pack your bags at home, then drive just 45 minutes to the Fleurieu Peninsula’s beautiful McLaren Vale wine region. Check into the award- winning Mulberry Lodge luxury country retreat and cosy-up, nestled among the vines.

Star of Greece, McLaren Vale

Afternoon: Dine on succulent seafood at Port Willunga’s Star of Greece. Look out over towering cliffs, taking-in the iconic oceans views of Gulf St Vincent.

2. Saturday: Tour the land of sea and vines 

Wirra Wirra, McLaren Vale

Morning: Start the day picking up farm-fresh produce from the Willunga Farmer's Market, then spend the rest of the morning winery-hopping to 70 cellar doors. Take your pick from MollydookerMitoloWirra WirraPrimo Estate and Gemtree Wines

The Currant Shed, McLaren Vale

Afternoon: Lunch will be served under the vine-covered verandah of McLaren Vale’s Currant Shed. Blending country charm with gorgeous garden views, you’ll be dining on mouth-watering produce from one of the region’s finest menus.  

Head back to Mulberry Lodge and cook up a storm with your farmer's market finds. 

3. Sunday: Discover the d’Arenberg Cube 

Port Noarlunga, Fleurieu Peninsula

Morning: Grab a quick breakfast at the famed Mullygrub café, then stretch your legs with an after-lunch walk along the pristine Port Noarlunga Beach

d'Arenberg Cube, McLaren Vale

Afternoon: Set your coordinates for the otherworldly d’Arenberg Cube. Spend a day navigating the five storey multi-functioning wine centre, featuring a wine sensory room, 360-degree video room and beautiful panoramic tasting area. Top it off with lunch at the Cube’s restaurant; the first in Australia to create food using a 3D printer. Make a final stop at Beresford Wines in McLaren Flat, stock up on the region's finest, then hop in the car for a one hour drive back to Adelaide's CBD. Travel a further 15 minutes to the Adelaide Airport if you're flying home.

Ready to start planning your trip? Check out our best McLaren Vale accommodation, wineries, restaurants and experiences, then start booking!