An award-winning winegrowing region with some of the world’s oldest grape vines, McLaren Vale is considered the birthplace of South Australia’s wine industry. Nestled between the Mount Lofty Ranges and Gulf St Vincent beaches, it also boasts pristine natural attractions and a diverse food culture.
Things to do in Mclaren Vale
Your first stop on a self-guided winery tour of McLaren Vale should be at d’Arenberg Cube, which features a cellar door with panoramic views of the region. Taste reserve wines at Coriole Vineyards, Italian-style wines at Serafino Wines or quality Shiraz by the lake at Fox Creek Wines.
Stretch your legs on the eight-kilometre Shiraz Trail, which follows an old railway line between McLaren Vale and Willunga. You can sample the region’s signature Shiraz along the way at wineries, such as Wirra Wirra and Hardy’s Tintara.
Paddle a canoe along the Onkaparinga River for a chance to spot an array of local wildlife. It flows into a beautiful gorge where you can capture views of soaring cliffs that line Onkaparinga National Park.
You can also explore the Fleurieu Peninsula for a day of surfing, fishing and diving. Snorkel amongst the shipwrecks in Rapid Bay or paddle the Coorong wetlands. For a dose of local culture, visit the weekend Farmer’s Market in Willunga, where you can buy seasonal produce and smoked meats.
Getting around Mclaren Vale
Located 45 minutes south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is best reached by car. You can get around using public buses or a bicycle, while various tour companies offer transportation to the nearby wineries.