McLaren Vale

The McLaren Vale wine district occupies the Willunga Basin, a tranquil undulating geological feature that stretches from the Gulf St Vincent in the west to the Willunga faultline and its escarpment twenty kilometres to the east.
The proximity of the sea ensures this Basin has constant maritime humidity, reliable sea breezes along the coast, regular evening gully breezes in the east, and the certainty of reasonably stable temperatures.
Grapes from McLaren Vale are renowned for 5 main attributes: ripeness, elegance, structure, power and complexity.
Mostly known for its ripe, powerful and generously flavoured wines, McLaren Vale produces densely coloured, velvety Shiraz; full bodied, rich, chocolate and berry flavoured Cabernet Sauvignon; and rich, juicy Grenache and Merlot from its established plantings. More recently red varieties such as petit Verdot, Tempranillo and Zinfandel have been planted with resounding success.
Whites are dominated by wonderfully varied Chardonnay – ranging from elegant citrus-tinged wines though to richer, fleshier, peach/buttery versions. This region is also renown for growing varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Chenin Blanc which show great variation in characters. Once again much experimentation with other varieties such as Viognier, Marsanne and Verdelho have brought new interest to the region.
Ever since the humble beginnings of the first colonists McLaren Vale has progressively increased its vineyard plantings to its current statistics of 6,750 Hectares. McLaren Vale boasts over 100 independent wineries and more than 76 cellar doors.