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    The weekend edition of the Advertiser ran a 4 page spread rating the different wine regions:

     

    McLaren vale came out tops! Only 12 minutes drive from where I live...

     

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/tony-love-and-simon-wilkinson-tour-sas-wine-regions-to-find-the-best-of-the-best/story-fni6uo1m-1227122960480

     

    WHEN it comes to South Australia’s big-top attractions, wine is the crowd-pleaser in the main ring. No other state does it so much or so well. No other capital city is enveloped by it like Adelaide.

    On the foothills to the east Penfolds Magill Estate overlooks the city majestically – but within an hour you can be in any number of hundreds of cellar doors in the greater Fleurieu Peninsula, taking in McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek, as well as the Adelaide Hills and the greater Barossa region.

    Just a little further and Clare beckons, while for greater escapes, the Riverland offers its unique doorstep to the Outback experience, and the Limestone Coast is a serious away game. Even the southern Flinders Ranges and Port Lincoln offer occasional wine moments.

    All of that adds up to close to 75 per cent of Australia’s premium wine production, the total statewide industry generating more than $1.9 billion in revenue in the 2012-13 year.

    The public face of it is tourism gold. In the past financial year, more than 130,000 international visitors to SA visited a winery, as well as more than half a million domestic visitors.

    But what do they get for their adventure? Is it just about the wines? How important is the dining experience? Where do visitors stay? Each of the regions offers its own charms, from unique landscapes to hero wine styles. Some are all about the wine, nothing but the wine. At others, cellar doors take their place in a great tourism package.

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    McLAREN VALE

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    McLaren Vale lies just south of Adelaide. Picture: SA Tourism Commission

     

    The vignerons of McLaren Vale love to talk about the wind off the sea that cools their grapes on a hot summer day. For the visitor, the proximity of the coast is also what makes this region special, whether it’s spotting that band of deep, steely blue on the western horizon from the crest of a hill or just the air that seems fresher, more invigorating than it is inland. And those nearby beaches – Aldinga and Port Willunga – also mean the kids can have their fun.

    Throw in some of our favourite regional restaurants all just a short trip up the now two-way Southern Expressway and it’s a wonder that it’s still easy to escape the crowds.

    SCENERY

    The best bits of the Mediterranean, without coughing for the airfare, plus the gums and yakka of the Aussie bush. Drive in via Clarendon and the gentle vine-clad slopes and olive groves could be Tuscan. Climb higher and look over the escarpment of Onkaparinga Gorge for the rugged beauty of Provence or even Andalusia.

    The hulking curve of the Sellicks Hill/Willunga range, to the north and east, is a constant presence, wrapping the Vale in its protective embrace. And in the other direction is the sea.

    While the town of McLaren Vale is functional more than memorable, Willunga has a charm all of its own.

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    Simon Wilkinson (left) and Tony Love with Samuel's Gorge wine maker Justin McNamee in McLaren Vale. Picture: Calum Robertson

     

    CELLAR DOORS/WINE

    The McLaren Vale map is a pin cushion of cellar doors, with close to 70 of them within a 15-minute drive.

    To avoid choice paralysis, limit yourself to a sub-region on each visit, for instance the run along McMurtrie Rd where you’ll find Primo Estate, Wirra Wirra and Hugh Hamilton, as well as the Salopian Inn (see below).

    Another option is Olivers Rd with Chalk Hill, Maxwell, d’Arenberg, hipster favourite Alpha Box & Dice, and SC Pannell where a brand new tasting room and deck has killer views and Spanish-accented nibbles.

    Coriole offers a good introduction to the Italian varieties that seem a natural fit here, as well as a stunning garden that’s a lovely place to linger, while Samuel’s Gorge has a unique outlook, both in scenery and the wines of Justin McNamee.

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    Erin Rogers serves Tony Love (left) and Simon Wilkinson at the Victory Hotel at Sellicks Beach. Picture: Calum Robertson

     

    DINING

    Is this Australia’s best regional dining destination? With at least a dozen brilliant restaurant options to pick from, plus a host of more casual options, we reckon it just might be.

    Passionate chefs seem drawn to the Fleurieu’s backyard bounty of fabulous produce grown by equally passionate farmers and gardeners. If you want to see what they are on about, visit the Willunga Farmers Market on a Saturday morning.

    Fino’s David Swain captures all this potential as well as anyone, his plates a masterclass in seemingly effortless combinations that make you wonder why no one has thought of it before.

    Salopian Inn has a cheerful demeanour that will make you want to hang around long after you’ve finished Karena Armstrong’s delicious blend of eastern and western favourites.

    Coriole, d’Arry’s Verandah, Elbow Room, Ellen Street and The Currant Shed all have their own take on a winery restaurant with gorgeous vineyard settings.

    Or do like many of the locals and head to the Victory Hotel, where you’ll be equally welcome to sip a beer as a burgundy as you watch the sun go down.

    STAYING OVER

    From beachfront properties that will make you feel like you’ve joined the jet set, to cabins in the caravan park, there is accommodation available in all shapes and sizes. In between are a host of B & Bs in a variety of settings with all the competition guaranteed to keep standards up. Make sure you book ahead during festivals or other busy times. If you want to leave the car behind on your travels, Chook’s Taxi Alternative at Willunga is recommended by many locals.

    X FACTOR

    If you want to be reminded just how special this region is, taken an overseas visitor for the first time and watch the reaction. There is a magic about this place you won’t find in many other parts of the world.

    UP SIDE

    The complete package

    DOWN SIDE

    None we can think of

    SCORECARD

    Scenery 9

    Eating 10

    Cellar doors 9

    Staying over 8

    X Factor 9

    TOTAL 45

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    Pretty accurate guide - have tried 25 wineries there so far (including all those listed) and working our way round all the cellar doors in the area.

     

    We have visited Barossa, Clare, Eden Hills, Adelaide Hills, Langhorn Creek, Limestone Coast, Coonawarra and Riverlands too but love having McLaren Vale right on the doorstep. Can't beat their Shiraz

     

    I'm no expect but have tasted some great wines along the way - wish I could remember which ones!

    [h=2]Wineries in McLaren Vale (101)[/h]NR

    Aldinga Bay Winery

    Main South Road, Aldinga, SA, 5173.


    NR

    Arakoon Wines

    229 Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    Aramis Vineyards

    PO Box 208, Marleston, SA, 5033. Email


    ★★★★

    Battle of Bosworth

    Edgehill Vineyards, Gaffney Road, Willunga, SA, 5172. Email


    ★★★★★

    Beach Road Wines

    Lot 53 Seaview Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Bent Creek Vineyards

    Lot 10 Blewitt Springs Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    Beresford Wines

    162 Cross Keys Road, Salisbury, SA, 5106. Email


    NR

    Braydun Hill

    38-40 Hepenstal Road, Onkaparinga Hills, SA, 5163. Email


    ★★★☆

    Brick Kiln

    PO Box 56, Glen Osmond, SA, 5064. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Brini Estate Wines

    RSD 600 Blewitt Springs Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Cape Barren Wines

    Lot 20 Little Road, Willunga, SA, 5172. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Cascabel

    Rogers Road, Willunga, SA, 5172. Email


    ★★★★★

    Chalk Hill Wines

    58 Field Street, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Chapel Hill

    Chapel Hill Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Chateau Reynella

    Reynell Road, Reynella, SA, 5161. Email


    ★★★★★

    Clarendon Hills

    Brookmans Road, Blewitt Springs, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Coates Wines

    PO Box 859, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Coriole

    Chaffeys Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Curtis Family Vineyards

    PO Box 530, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Dandelion Vineyards

    PO Box 138, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    d'Arenberg

    Osborn Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Dennis

    Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    DogRidge Vineyard

    129 Bagshaws Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    Dowie Doole

    276 California Rd, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★☆

    Dyson Wines

    38 sheriff road , Maslin Beach, SA, 5170. Email


    ★★★★★

    Five Geese

    389 Chapel Hill Road, Blewitt Springs, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Foggo Wines

    Lot 21, Foggos Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Fox Creek Wines

    Malpas Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Gemtree Vineyards

    Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Geoff Merrill Wines

    291 Pimpala Road, Woodcroft, SA, 5162. Email


    ★★★★

    Gilligan

    PO Box 235, Willunga, SA, 5172. Email


    NR

    Grancari Estate Wines

    50 Northumberland Road, Onkaparinga Hills, SA, 5163. Email


    ★★★☆

    Halifax Wines

    Lot 501 Binney Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5172. Email


    ★★★★★

    Hardys

    Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Haselgrove Wines

    187 Sand Road, PO Box 231, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★

    Hastwell & Lightfoot

    204 Foggos Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Hawkers Gate

    Lot 31 Foggo Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    Hedonist Wines

    PO Box 398, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Hills View Vineyards

    42 Crittenden Road, Findon, SA, 5023. Email


    NR

    Hillsview Vineyards

    42 Crittendon Road, Findon, SA, 5023. Email


    NR

    Hoffmann's

    Ingoldby Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Horndale

    Fraser Avenue, Happy Valley, SA, 5159. Email


    ★★★★★

    Hugh Hamilton

    McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Hugo

    230 Elliott Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Ingoldby

    Ingoldby Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171.


    NR

    J & J Wines

    115 Rivers Lane, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    James Haselgrove

    PO Box 271 , McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Kangarilla Road Vineyard

    Kangarilla Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards

    Kay Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Koltz

    5 Adams Road, Blewitt Springs, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    La Curio

    Lot 3 Foggo Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Lloyd Brothers Wine & Olive Company

    34 Warners Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    Maglieri of McLaren Vale

    Douglas Gully Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171.


    ★★★☆

    Marienberg

    2 Chalk Hill Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171.


    ★★★★★

    Marius Wines

    PO Box 545, Willunga, SA, 5172. Email


    ★★★★★

    Maxwell Wines

    Olivers Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    McLaren Vale III Associates

    309 Foggo Rd, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Middlebrook Estate

    RSD 43 Sand Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Mitolo Wines

    Corner of Angle Vale Road and Johns Road, Virginia, Adelaide, SA, 5120. Email


    ★★★☆

    Morgan Simpson

    PO Box 39, Kensington Park, SA, 5068. Email


    ★★★★★

    Mr Riggs Wine Company

    Ingleburne, Willunga Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Nardone Baker Wines

    PO Box 386, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Nashwauk

    PO Box 852, Nuriootpa, SA, 5355. Email


    NR

    Noon Winery

    Rifle Range Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171.


    ★★★★☆

    Oliver's Taranga Vineyards

    Seaview Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Omni

    Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★☆

    Parri Estate - McLaren Vale

    Ingoldby Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Paxton

    Wheaton Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Penny's Hill

    Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Pertaringa Wines

    Rifle Range and Hunt Roads, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Pirramimma

    Johnston Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171.


    ★★★★☆

    Possums Vineyard

    88 Adams Road , Blewitt Springs, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Richard Hamilton Wines

    Cnr Main & Johnstone Rds, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    RockBare

    102-104 Main Street, Hahndorf, SA, 5245. Email


    ★★★★★

    Rosemount Estate - McLaren Vale

    Chaffey's Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171.


    ★★★

    Sabella Vineyards

    PO Box 229, 233 McMurtrie Rd, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Samuel's Gorge

    Lot 10 Chaffeys Road, McLaren, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    Scarpantoni Estate

    Scarpantoni Drive, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Serafino Wines

    Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Shingleback

    3 Stump Hill Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Shirvington

    PO Box 220, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Shottesbrooke Vineyards

    1 Bagshaws Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Stephen Pannell Wines

    14 Davenport Terrace, Wayville, SA, 5034. Email


    NR

    Sylvan Springs

    40 Blythmans Road, Blewitt Springs, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Tapestry Wines

    Olivers Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★

    Tatachilla Winery

    151 Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    The Settlement Wine Co.

    Lot 101 Seaview Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★

    Thomas Vineyard Estate

    PO Box 490 , McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Thorpe Wines

    PO Box 720, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Tinlins

    Kangarilla Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Tintara

    202 Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Torresan Estate

    48 Martins Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Ulithorne

    29 Mill Tce, Middleton, SA, 5213. Email


    ★★★★★

    Vinrock

    23 George Street, Thebarton, SA, 5031. Email


    NR

    WayWood Wines

    PO Box 746, Willunga, SA, 5172. Email


    ★★★☆

    Willunga Creek Wines

    Lot 102 Delabole Road, Willunga, SA, 5172. Email


    ★★★★★

    Wirra Wirra Vineyards

    McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    Woodstock Wine Estate

    Douglas Gully Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Yangarra Estate Vineyard

    McLaren Flat Road, Kangarilla, SA, 5157. Email


    NR

    Zingara Wines

    PO Box 717, Blackwood, SA, 5051. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Zonte's Footstep

    181 Douglas Gully Road - PO Box 353, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email

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    I like the Adelaide Hills best - we find the people at the wineries there so much more friendly than those in McLaren Vale. Also called in at Linfield Road wines just on the outskirts of Williamstown in the Barossa at the weekend - really lovely, friendly and welcoming (and as this is Poms in Adelaide, it's run by an ex-Pom too so we should all get out there!)

     

    We only stopped for coffee but this was one of their fortified wines they brought out for us to try

     

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    I love living in the Vale - only because it offers something quite unique in the Adelaide region in my opinion - a small town, with local amenities, just commutable to the city, close to the coast and with a semi-rural feel. Also, if you don't mind flying, I really recommend a trip up in the Tiger Moth from Aldinga Airport to appreciate it from the air - probably one of the best experiences I've had since coming to Australia. And don't forget Goodieson's brewery too - more partial to a beer myself and they are the friendliest people.

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    Pretty accurate guide - have tried 25 wineries there so far (including all those listed) and working our way round all the cellar doors in the area.

     

    We have visited Barossa, Clare, Eden Hills, Adelaide Hills, Langhorn Creek, Limestone Coast, Coonawarra and Riverlands too but love having McLaren Vale right on the doorstep. Can't beat their Shiraz

     

    I'm no expect but have tasted some great wines along the way - wish I could remember which ones!

    Wineries in McLaren Vale (101)

     

    NR

    Aldinga Bay Winery

    Main South Road, Aldinga, SA, 5173.


    NR

    Arakoon Wines

    229 Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    Aramis Vineyards

    PO Box 208, Marleston, SA, 5033. Email


    ★★★★

    Battle of Bosworth

    Edgehill Vineyards, Gaffney Road, Willunga, SA, 5172. Email


    ★★★★★

    Beach Road Wines

    Lot 53 Seaview Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Bent Creek Vineyards

    Lot 10 Blewitt Springs Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    Beresford Wines

    162 Cross Keys Road, Salisbury, SA, 5106. Email


    NR

    Braydun Hill

    38-40 Hepenstal Road, Onkaparinga Hills, SA, 5163. Email


    ★★★☆

    Brick Kiln

    PO Box 56, Glen Osmond, SA, 5064. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Brini Estate Wines

    RSD 600 Blewitt Springs Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Cape Barren Wines

    Lot 20 Little Road, Willunga, SA, 5172. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Cascabel

    Rogers Road, Willunga, SA, 5172. Email


    ★★★★★

    Chalk Hill Wines

    58 Field Street, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Chapel Hill

    Chapel Hill Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Chateau Reynella

    Reynell Road, Reynella, SA, 5161. Email


    ★★★★★

    Clarendon Hills

    Brookmans Road, Blewitt Springs, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Coates Wines

    PO Box 859, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Coriole

    Chaffeys Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Curtis Family Vineyards

    PO Box 530, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Dandelion Vineyards

    PO Box 138, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    d'Arenberg

    Osborn Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Dennis

    Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    DogRidge Vineyard

    129 Bagshaws Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    Dowie Doole

    276 California Rd, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★☆

    Dyson Wines

    38 sheriff road , Maslin Beach, SA, 5170. Email


    ★★★★★

    Five Geese

    389 Chapel Hill Road, Blewitt Springs, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Foggo Wines

    Lot 21, Foggos Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Fox Creek Wines

    Malpas Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Gemtree Vineyards

    Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Geoff Merrill Wines

    291 Pimpala Road, Woodcroft, SA, 5162. Email


    ★★★★

    Gilligan

    PO Box 235, Willunga, SA, 5172. Email


    NR

    Grancari Estate Wines

    50 Northumberland Road, Onkaparinga Hills, SA, 5163. Email


    ★★★☆

    Halifax Wines

    Lot 501 Binney Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5172. Email


    ★★★★★

    Hardys

    Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Haselgrove Wines

    187 Sand Road, PO Box 231, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★

    Hastwell & Lightfoot

    204 Foggos Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Hawkers Gate

    Lot 31 Foggo Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    Hedonist Wines

    PO Box 398, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Hills View Vineyards

    42 Crittenden Road, Findon, SA, 5023. Email


    NR

    Hillsview Vineyards

    42 Crittendon Road, Findon, SA, 5023. Email


    NR

    Hoffmann's

    Ingoldby Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Horndale

    Fraser Avenue, Happy Valley, SA, 5159. Email


    ★★★★★

    Hugh Hamilton

    McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Hugo

    230 Elliott Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Ingoldby

    Ingoldby Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171.


    NR

    J & J Wines

    115 Rivers Lane, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    James Haselgrove

    PO Box 271 , McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Kangarilla Road Vineyard

    Kangarilla Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards

    Kay Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Koltz

    5 Adams Road, Blewitt Springs, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    La Curio

    Lot 3 Foggo Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Lloyd Brothers Wine & Olive Company

    34 Warners Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    Maglieri of McLaren Vale

    Douglas Gully Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171.


    ★★★☆

    Marienberg

    2 Chalk Hill Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171.


    ★★★★★

    Marius Wines

    PO Box 545, Willunga, SA, 5172. Email


    ★★★★★

    Maxwell Wines

    Olivers Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    McLaren Vale III Associates

    309 Foggo Rd, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Middlebrook Estate

    RSD 43 Sand Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Mitolo Wines

    Corner of Angle Vale Road and Johns Road, Virginia, Adelaide, SA, 5120. Email


    ★★★☆

    Morgan Simpson

    PO Box 39, Kensington Park, SA, 5068. Email


    ★★★★★

    Mr Riggs Wine Company

    Ingleburne, Willunga Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Nardone Baker Wines

    PO Box 386, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Nashwauk

    PO Box 852, Nuriootpa, SA, 5355. Email


    NR

    Noon Winery

    Rifle Range Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171.


    ★★★★☆

    Oliver's Taranga Vineyards

    Seaview Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Omni

    Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★☆

    Parri Estate - McLaren Vale

    Ingoldby Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Paxton

    Wheaton Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Penny's Hill

    Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Pertaringa Wines

    Rifle Range and Hunt Roads, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Pirramimma

    Johnston Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171.


    ★★★★☆

    Possums Vineyard

    88 Adams Road , Blewitt Springs, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Richard Hamilton Wines

    Cnr Main & Johnstone Rds, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    RockBare

    102-104 Main Street, Hahndorf, SA, 5245. Email


    ★★★★★

    Rosemount Estate - McLaren Vale

    Chaffey's Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171.


    ★★★

    Sabella Vineyards

    PO Box 229, 233 McMurtrie Rd, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Samuel's Gorge

    Lot 10 Chaffeys Road, McLaren, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    Scarpantoni Estate

    Scarpantoni Drive, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Serafino Wines

    Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Shingleback

    3 Stump Hill Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Shirvington

    PO Box 220, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Shottesbrooke Vineyards

    1 Bagshaws Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Stephen Pannell Wines

    14 Davenport Terrace, Wayville, SA, 5034. Email


    NR

    Sylvan Springs

    40 Blythmans Road, Blewitt Springs, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Tapestry Wines

    Olivers Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★

    Tatachilla Winery

    151 Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    The Settlement Wine Co.

    Lot 101 Seaview Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★

    Thomas Vineyard Estate

    PO Box 490 , McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Thorpe Wines

    PO Box 720, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Tinlins

    Kangarilla Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Tintara

    202 Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    NR

    Torresan Estate

    48 Martins Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Ulithorne

    29 Mill Tce, Middleton, SA, 5213. Email


    ★★★★★

    Vinrock

    23 George Street, Thebarton, SA, 5031. Email


    NR

    WayWood Wines

    PO Box 746, Willunga, SA, 5172. Email


    ★★★☆

    Willunga Creek Wines

    Lot 102 Delabole Road, Willunga, SA, 5172. Email


    ★★★★★

    Wirra Wirra Vineyards

    McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★

    Woodstock Wine Estate

    Douglas Gully Road, McLaren Flat, SA, 5171. Email


    ★★★★★

    Yangarra Estate Vineyard

    McLaren Flat Road, Kangarilla, SA, 5157. Email


    NR

    Zingara Wines

    PO Box 717, Blackwood, SA, 5051. Email


    ★★★★☆

    Zonte's Footstep

    181 Douglas Gully Road - PO Box 353, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171. Email

     

    Brilliant.

    Thanks so much for this.

    My son stayed on a farm in McLaren vale for the past year and I love the area. The farm was 12 minutes from my present home and it's just a couple more minutes into the town.

    I think that we take it for granted being so close.

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    So what's the difference between a cellar door and a winery? I was corrected by someone the other day when I was talking about a winery with a climbing wall and they told me it was only a cellar door... I wasn't really aware there was a distinction between the two.

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    So what's the difference between a cellar door and a winery? I was corrected by someone the other day when I was talking about a winery with a climbing wall and they told me it was only a cellar door... I wasn't really aware there was a distinction between the two.

    Dunno sorry.

    Surprising that barossa didn't get the top spot. Mclarenvale is lovely and they need to promote themselves more

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    You can sample wines at a Cellar Door - usually open 6/7 days a week 10 - 4 (later at weekends) smaller ones have limited hours and tend to open at weekends only in winter - many serve food too from a simple platter to a gourmet meal.

     

    Wineries can have Cellar Doors but also sell at events, festivals and markets or on-line

     

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