Winery in McLaren Vale


'd'Arry's' relaxes atop a hillside with mighty fine views. The wine labels are part of the character of this place: the Dead Arm shiraz and the Broken Fishplate sauvignon blanc are our faves. Book for lunch at the e…
Winery in McLaren Vale

Alpha Box & Dice

One out of the box, this refreshing little gambler wins top billing for interesting blends, funky retro furnishings, quirky labels and laid-back staff.
Winery in McLaren Vale

Wirra Wirra

Fancy some pétanque with your plonk? This barnlike, 1894 cellar door has a grassy picnic area, and there’s a roaring fire inside in winter. Sample reasonably priced stickies (dessert wines) and the super-popular Chu…
Winery in McLaren Vale


Take your regional tasting platter out into the garden of this beautiful cottage cellar door (1860) to share kalamata olives, homemade breads and Adelaide Hills’ Woodside cheeses, made lovelier by a swill of the Red…
Winery in McLaren Vale


Their reds are grand but hold out for the stickies and fortified drops. The Coterie Restaurant does great regional platters ($64 for two people) for lunch (and pizza on Friday nights), while the surrounding native g…
Winery in McLaren Vale

SC Pannell

With one of the best views in the business, SC Pannell (Steve, to his mates) produces excellent reds you can drink young. Cellar them if you want, but really, life's too short. Kitchen open noon to 4pm Thursday to S…
Brewery in McLaren Vale

Goodieson Brewery

There sure are a lot of wineries around here… Anyone for a beer? This family-run outfit brews a pale ale, pilsner, wheat beer and brown ale, plus brilliant seasonal beers. Sip a few on the sunny terrace.
Winery in McLaren Vale

Chapel Hill

Yes, there's a 150-year-old chapel here, and it's on a hill. But most folks are here for salubrious shiraz. Try a $10 'icon' tasting of four wines, matched with delicious edibles.
Winery in McLaren Vale

Samuel's Gorge

On a hill behind McLaren Vale township is this understated winner, inside an 1853 stone barn and with valley views that are bordering on English. Great grenache; BYO picnic.
Farm in McLaren Vale

Blueberry Patch

The plump little highbush blueberry grows particularly well on the Fleurieu Peninsula! Give these farmers a call to see if you can come and pick a punnet or two. Growing season is December to February.