McLaren Vale is one of the most renowned wine regions of Australia and it is only 40 minutes south of Adelaide, capital of South Australia.
The valley that lies by the sea, has a climate very similar to the Mediterranean and are here are produced some of the best New World Shiraz.
Most wineries in McLaren Vale are boutiques and several of them use organic or biodynamic farming.
As this region has been affected by global warming, a while ago some local producers have invested in more heat-resistant grapes such as Tempranillo and Granach. The result are some very interesting wines that leave nothing to be desired for the Tempranillo of Rioja.
This post tells a bit of our 3 days stay in McLaren Vale.
Based on the hospitality, experience and peculiarities of each of these producers, every place that earned a special place in my heart, this trip has made me admire even more products and lifestyle of these people.
At each stop a story and had no idea how much knowledge I would bring with me from this relatively short trip.
Wineries that I recommend for tasting (and purchase):
Where to eat?
Have a breakfast at Blessed Cheese. The best coffee in town!
Go to Willunga Farmers Market and make sure you eat a rabbit or a duck pie.
Enjoy your visit to the Coriole and make a stop for lunch. They serve a cheese platter, with local olives, organic vegetables, smoked kangaroo meat and many other fresh local produce and the view to the Vale is also fantastic.
Eat a wood oven pizza and enjoy the visual at Settlement.
Dine in Oscars Bistro. Ask for a chunk lamb and a bottle of Shiraz.
Visit the chocolate shop Bracegirdles and indulge yourself!
what else to do?
Follow the wine route to take pictures of the vineyards, architecture, of olive trees and even the sheep. Now it is spring and the valley is full of beautiful gardens and flowering trees. Even the vines are getting greener â€¦
Taste the region extra-extra-extra virgin olive oil.
Stop by the Fall from Grace to buy exclusive international wines from France, Italy, Argentina, Chile, Spain and much more.
Watch the sunset from Maslin Beach. The beach is just a few blocks from the main wineries of McLaren Vale.
Go back to the airport via Adelaide Adelaide Hills and stop by the oldest German village in Australia: Hahndorf.
Here you will find cafes, gift shops, ice cream, traditional German sausage shop and of course, a very old pub where we had a local beer, ate pretzels and some German sausages.
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