If you’re taking a trip down under, you can’t go past one of the most renowned wine regions in Australia – McLaren Vale, Adelaide. Dotted with vines and a touch of the Tuscan sun, McLaren Vale is a short 40 minute drive from Adelaide. The region offers some top, award-winning wineries and cellar doors. Here is a guide to wine tasting in the McLaren Vale wine region.
South Australia’s McLaren Vale is often overlooked as more popular wine regions such as the Barossa capture the attention of visitors. McLaren Vale boasts more than 80 vineyards with exceptional dining options so you’re bound to find something that tickles your tastes.
Arguably Australia’s best wine region, if you’d like to explore McLaren vale at your own pace, we recommend driving by car. You can book a wine tasting online in McLaren Vale as you go on the Vyne experience site.
On a closer look at the cellar doors, D’Arenberg is possibly the most popular winery and it sticks out like a sore thumb with its five level cube-shaped wine cellar reflecting sunlight at all angles. The cellar door contains not only a tasting room but a contemporary wine museum where you can view wines in a 360 degree room and smell a variety of them too.
Try their award winning Viognier, which can be paired with most foods as the texture is crisp and refreshing. For red fans, The Footbolt is one to savour, a bold flavour with hits of red berry fruits. You also can’t go past the winery’s food and wine degustation experience.
For the foodie and wine lovers, Bec Hardy wines in McLaren Vale is a show stopper. Not to mention that vineyard owner Bec Hardy was the first female owner, winemaker and producer of the winery. At the start of your adventure at the winery, you’ll be joined at the Tipsy Hill vineyards in McLaren Vale, where the property is Tuscan inspired with picturesque gardens.
Find out all the untold stories behind the vineyard, while you enjoy your meal and a sample of the Pertaringa cellar door’s top wines. From shiraz, sauvignon, merlot, pinot to rosé there’s sure to be something to suit your tastes, including the vineyards award-winning wines. The venue experience is exclusive to you and your party so it is a very tailored experience to cater for your tastes. Book your dinner or lunch experience online to secure a spot.
Top tip: While you’re visiting McLaren Vale, take a dip at the beach. McLaren Vale boasts some of the top beaches on the Fleurieu Peninsula including Southport, Blowhole and Second Valley. It’s like a hint of paradise as the waters glisten amongst the wildlife. The closer that you get to Adelaide, different beach vibes shine through from the hustle and bustle of the cafes, picnics, people fishing on the jetty. Your daily worries will melt away as you soak in the sun sipping on a cool drink as the day turns to night.
All up, the McLaren Vale wine region is a destination not to be missed, whether you’re a local or just visiting. Either way you’ll be going home with some wines in hand!
If you are interested in experiencing a bit of Australia’s wine culture, you can book your next wine tasting or tour experience on Vyne.