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McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale offers exceptional wines, regional produce and beautiful scenery nestled between the Mount Lofty Ranges and beaches of Gulf St Vincent. Best known for its wineries and welcoming cellar doors, McLaren Vale also produces fruits and is an extensive almond growing region. Little wonder that it has an abundance of cafes and restaurants whose chefs happily showcase local produce. The main street of McLaren Vale is a charming showcase of cellar doors, local produce, art and craft stores, cafes and more. The first McLaren Vale vines were planted by John Reynell in 1838 and by 1850 the well known Hardy and Seaview wineries were in operation. Walk or cycle along the old railway alignment between Willunga and Seaford - through vineyards, wild olives and old gum trees - to get a feel for this gorgeous countryside. The McLaren Vale region is dotted by more than 50 wineries, most of which are small to medium-size boutique operations but also including such major Australian players as the BRL Hardy group and Rosemount. About 270 independent grape growers can also be found here. Shiraz is a specialty, as are Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, while Merlot is becoming increasingly popular as a varietal. Chardonnay dominates the white varieties but Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling are also gaining kudos, and experimentation is taking place with Viognier, Marsanne and Sangiovese. With dozens of cellar doors, you'll be spoilt for choice in McLaren Vale. Among the best are Coriole Winery, d'Arenberg Vineyard and Winery and Wirra Wirra Vineyards and Cellars.

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McLaren Vale: Where To Go / Sightseeing

The Almond Train

The Almond Train is a 1920's train carriage located near The Shiraz Trail on the old Willunga line in the heart of McLaren Vale. The Almond Train has become an iconic tourist attraction in McLaren Vale delighting young and old for more than twenty five years. We conduct free daily tastings of the regions finest gourmet almonds, olive oils, dukkah, sauces, chutneys and jams. Our gourmet pantry has a wide selection of accompaniments and is a must see for the gourmet traveler.

The Almond Train offers a vast selection of flavoured almonds, gourmet foods, old fashioned lollies, local crafts, gifts, quality Australiana, souvenirs and more. We also specialise in gift baskets for all occasions - birthdays, anniversaries or corporate appreciation gifts.

Main Road
McLaren Vale, SA, 5171

Located 0.0K from McLaren Vale

Hardys Tintara Cellar Door

Experience the rare historic beauty of the heritage-listed Hardys Tintara Winery and surround yourself with the beautiful gardens and award winning wines.

Home to our handcrafted winemaking since 1878, which can now be observed from our new viewing platform area. Visit Hardys Tintara Cellar Door in the heart of McLaren Vale. Ask us about our structured tastings and self guided tour. Open seven days.

202 Main Road
McLaren Vale, SA, 5171

Located 0.0K from McLaren Vale


Eleaner's Botanical Treatment Studio has opened in the heart of McLaren Vale where you can find our natural bath and body collection, plus other home spa and aromatherapy products, wellbeing teas plus more.

In our treatments we use our natural bath and body collection as well as locally available fresh ingredients such as olive oil, almonds, eggs, cream and honey. This is combined with our aromatherapy knowledge to create products for the treatments that are totally luxurious and 100 per cent pure.

We have been featured in the media as one of South Australia's top day spas. Our day spa packages and individual treatments in our ambient environment will ensure your stay in McLaren Vale is one of total decadence.

As of December 2009 we are introducing botanical perfumes made here in McLaren Vale using classical French perfumery techniques.

141 Main Road
McLaren Vale, SA, 5171

Located 0.1K from McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale Cheese and Wine Trail

Blessed Cheese is the start point of the McLaren Vale Cheese and Wine Trail. Pick up your cheese hamper from Blessed Cheese and enjoy a progressive cheese and wine tasting at some of the best cellar doors in McLaren Vale and surrounds.

The hamper includes a selection of local cheeses, olives, dried fruit, almonds and crackers. You can also upgrade to the premium hamper (advance noticed required) which includes smoked salmon, pate, dip, local smallgoods, frittata, antipasto, bread and petit fours.

This self drive tour gives visitors the opportunity to savour the flavours of the area at their own pace while enjoying a unique cheese and wine matching.

Please note, facilities and opening times vary at each location on the trail.

Blessed Cheese,
150 Main Road
McLaren Vale, SA, 5171

Located 0.1K from McLaren Vale

Cactus Creations

Cactus Creations is a dedicated Cacti and succulent only plant nursery located in McLaren Vale.

You will find a great collection of Cacti and succulents with mature plants up to a century old. The shop is Mexican and Cacti focused with statues, art works, souvenirs and related items available.

All the family can enjoy the magnificent flowers of the Cacti world.

Cactus Creations is also open on other days by appointment.

4 Field Street
McLaren Vale, SA, 5171

Located 0.1K from McLaren Vale

Artel Gallery and Giftware

Situated in the heat of McLaren Vale, Artel Gallery and Giftware showcases the work of over 60 local artists and crafts people, capturing the diverse artistic talent of the local art and craft community.

Everything in the store is locally handcrafted or Australian-made. Quality jewellery, wood turning, pottery, lead-lighting, wind chimes, wooden toys, McLaren Vale Lavender products and wine barrel cheeseboards are just some of the locally-made items that are part of the Artel experience.

In the Art Gallery you will find a variety of local artists displaying art, mosaics, sculpture, pottery and ceramics. Artel also stocks a large range of unique Australian Souvenirs and Australiana gifts, all Australian-made.

Voted Business of the Year in the McLaren Vale Regional Awards 2010.

211 Main Road
McLaren Vale, SA, 5171

Located 0.8K from McLaren Vale

Angove McLaren Vale Vineyards and Cellar Door

Angove Family Winemakers are one of South Australia's oldest family-owned and operated wine companies, established in 1886 by Dr William Thomas Angove.

Less than one kilometre from the township of McLaren Vale, the family's historic vineyard on Chalk Hill Road is exceptionally positioned and farmed organically. The Angove McLaren Vale Cellar Door is nestled amongst the vines, and from the stunning terrace you are literally sitting in the middle of the vineyard with panoramic 180 degree views of McLaren Vale.

It is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to taste award winning McLaren Vale wines and sample local produce. The cellar door also offers single origin, free trade coffee and light food in a relaxed lounge setting with open fire as well as a gourmet outdoor kitchen and wood oven designed for special events.

Open seven days a week for tasting and sales.

117 Chalk Hill Road
McLaren Vale, SA, 5171

Located 1.1K from McLaren Vale

The Menz FruChocs Shop - McLaren Vale

A sweet tooth's paradise. Visit The Menz FruChocs Shop, situated in the heart of McLaren Vale.

Sample exquisite confectionery such as Medlow fine gels - a fruit gel made using pectin, a natural derivative of fruit. Also try Menz FruChocs and Crown Mints. Select your product and watch it be covered in chocolate in front of your own eyes.

An interactive attraction with working confectionery machinery, which is sure to entertain not only children but adults too. Free entry and easy parking with plenty of wicked confectionery to be purchased.

203 Main Road
McLaren Vale, SA, 5171

Located 1.3K from McLaren Vale

Kangarilla Creamery

Established in 2012, Kangarilla Creamery is located in the heart of McLaren Vale, a unique pocket of coastal land famed for its wines, produce and being the gateway to South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our cheeses are made using traditional techniques from the milk of sheep and goats farmed within our community by people sharing our love for the animals and the land upon which they roam.

Born and bred in the McLaren Vale region, our Cheesemaker Alison Laffer started her career as a Dairy Farmer and after many years of tinkering away in her family kitchen she set about creating the region's first Creamery. Alison has studied extensively and is now widely regarded as a specialist cheesemaker having gained significant experience working with internationally renowned cheesemakers.

200 Chalk Hill Road
McLaren Vale, SA, 5171

Located 1.4K from McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale: Travel Tips

McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre

The McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre is the gateway to the magnificent Fleurieu Peninsula and is a perfect starting point to begin your exploration of the internationally acclaimed McLaren Vale Wine Region.

The building itself is a focal point with rammed earth walls, 100-year-old timbers, and local stone and slates all combining to make an architecturally unique structure.

The Centre is fully accredited and offers excellence in visitor servicing. Our friendly volunteer staff is committed to providing comprehensive up to date information and advice. Take advantage of the accommodation and tour booking service offered for all your holiday and conference needs, view the ever changing art exhibitions and displays, or browse the Centre's gift shop stocked with a wide range of local produce and craft.

There is a Cafe is located within the centre giving you a great opportunity to taste some of the regions produce.

Main Road
McLaren Vale, SA, 5171

Located 0.0K from McLaren Vale

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