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Blessed Cheese

The staff at this blessed cafe crank out great coffee, croissants, wraps, salads, tarts, burgers, cheese platters, massive cakes and funky sausage rolls. The menu changes every couple of days, always with an emphasi…
Modern Australian in McLaren Vale

Salopian Inn

This old vine-covered inn has been here since 1851 (!). Its latest incarnation features super Mod Oz offerings with an Asian twist: launch into the Berkshire pork buns or blue swimmer crab and prawn dumplings, with …
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…
Modern Australian in McLaren Vale

The Barn

Retro-mod prints and furniture adorn this 1840s cottage bistro, which quadruples-up as a cellar door, art gallery and wine bar. Mains are fishy and meaty, done with contemporary flair, or settle in for some tapas an…
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…
Food & Drink in McLaren Vale

Sea & Vines Festival

It seems like most of Adelaide gets tizzed-up and buses down to the annual Sea & Vines Festival over the June long weekend. Local wineries cook up seafood, splash wine around and host live bands. Can get messy l…
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…