01 Feb 2018
Outback roads

Sip and savour South Australia's most accessible wine region.

McLaren Vale's warm climate means great Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Other varieties include Tempranillo, Viognier, Marsanne, Rousanne, Barbera and Sangiovese, which can all be sampled at many McLaren Vale wineries. McLaren Vale is less than an hour's drive from Adelaide, with stunning beaches and magnificent food on offer.

1. d'Arenberg

Among the best McLaren Vale wineries is the d’Arenberg Cube - a five-storey multi-function building at d'Arenberg winery and cellar door - which opened in December 2017. The stunning building, which appears to hover above the vines, has views overlooking the rolling hills of Willunga and the 19th century homestead that houses the existing cellar door and d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant. The Cube features a new tasting room, several bars, a fine-dining restaurant and private tasting rooms.

d'Arenberg can be found on Osoborn Road, McLaren Vale and is a 40 minute drive from Adelaide.

d'Arenberg Cube, McLaren Vale

2. Coriole

Coriole winery and restaurant sits on the Seaview ridge of the picturesque McLaren Vale region. Steeped in the region's wine making history, Coriole has been known for producing estate-grown Shiraz and Cabernet, and has pioneered a range of Mediterranean varieties including Sangiovese, Fiano and Picpoul. The charming courtyard restaurant is nestled between the original 1850's homestead and the ironstone barn, now home to the cellar door. The restaurant and cellar door are open daily and guests of Coriole are encouraged to soak up the breathtaking views the region offers and beautifully maintained gardens and grounds.

Coriole can be found at 79 Chaffeys Road, McLaren Vale and is a 40 minute drive from Adelaide.

Coriole cellar door and winery, McLaren Vale

3. Red Poles

Made up of a cafe and restaurant, art gallery and B&B, McLaren Vale's Red Poles showcases the works of emerging and established local and South Australian artists. There is a strong emphasis on Indigenous works and regular Indigenous exhibitions and workshops will be featured throughout 2018. There is a restaurant/cafe on site and exceptional wine on-offer with Red Poles acting as cellar door for Brick Kiln Wines and Vale Brewing craft beers. Live music features every Sunday afternoon and there are three bed and breakfast rooms, perfect for weekend getaways. 

Red Poles can be found at 190 McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale and is a 50 minute drive from Adelaide.

Red Poles, McLaren Vale

4. Mitolo Wines

Mitolo Wines is a family-owned business, led by Frank Mitolo whose vision was to create a range of wines of individuality, integrity and utmost quality. Situated in the heart of McLaren Vale, the cellar door offers unique and personalised tastings of Jester and single vineyard wines. Sit back and relax as the team personally guide you through a range of Italian inspired wines. Mitolo Wines is co-located with The Producers and their restaurant is open for lunch Fridays to Sundays so you can relax and enjoy all the best the region has to offer.

Mitolo Wines can be found at 141 McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale and is a 50 minute drive from Adelaide.

Mitolo Wines, McLaren Vale

5. The Currant Shed

Set between a delightful lime grove and beautiful vineyards, The Currant Shed was once a part of a homestead where early McLaren Vale residents made their living from mixed farming enterprises including onions, potatoes, and, of course, currants. Today, the Currant Shed blends inherent charm, stunning views and one of McLaren Vale's finest menus, all under the guidance of owners Hamish Maguire and Emily Dowie. The restaurant is surrounded by stunning gardens and serves mouthwatering produce sourced from all around the lush McLaren Vale wine region.

The Currant Shed can be found at 104 Ingoldby Road, McLaren Flat and is a 50 minute drive from Adelaide.

The Currant Shed, McLaren Vale

6. Wirra Wirra

As its Aboriginal name infers, Wirra Wirra is nestled “among the gums” in McLaren Vale, South Australia - a picturesque ironstone winery with over 100 years of history. From the call of the towering Angelus bell atop the winery, to the massive timber fence known as “Woodhenge”, Wirra Wirra offers a unique and memorable winery experience. Best known for its famous red Church Block blend, winemaker Paul Smith and his team deliver rich, textured McLaren Vale reds and stunning cool climate whites from the Adelaide Hills. Wirra Wirra is also home to Harry's Deli, a providore-style café mixing exceptional wine with a selection of delicious light meals.

Wirra Wirra can be found at McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale and is a 50 minute drive away from Adelaide.

Wirra Wirra, McLaren Vale

7. Maxwell wines

Maxwell Wines is an idyllic location for an unforgettable food and wine experience. The stunning limestone building is complemented by large picture windows, and breathtaking views overlooking the rolling hills of McLaren Vale. Showcasing the best of the region and his own kitchen gardens, Head Chef Fabian Lehmann offers a versatile menu including à la carte options in Maxwell Restaurant. Taste wines before you dine to ensure the perfect selection, or simply let it all happen, with wines expertly matched from the estate vineyards.

Maxwell Wines can be found at 19 Olivers Road, McLaren Vale and is a 45 minute drive from Adelaide.

Maxwell Wines, McLaren Vale

More wine regions

McLaren Vale’s Wineries are just a taste of South Australia’s abundant wine regions. Of course, there's more to sip and savour around South Australia. All across the state you'll find award-winning wine regions; take your pick and start exploring today. 


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