Mclaren Vale Wine Region

The McLaren Vale Wine Region is blessed with a wonderful climate for viticulture. it has rolling hills and a variety of suitable soils for grapegrowing and the cooling influence of the Southern Ocean.

View over McLaren Vale from the Cellar door and Restaurant at Beach Road WinesView over McLaren Vale from the Cellar door and Restaurant at Beach Road Wines

the location

McLaren Vale is located just south of Adelaide in South Australia.

It is part of the Fleurieu Zone along with the Currency Creek, Langhorne Creek, Kangaroo Island and Southern Fleurieu wine regions.

Situated on rolling plains between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the sea, the area is warm enough to ripen almost all varieties, but the maritime influence tempers the worst of the summer heat. No wonder there are more than a hundred wineries operating in the region, and most are producing excellent wine.

The climate also suits olives and a few wineries have a sideline of producing olive oil.

The location so close to the State capital is a mixed blessing.  While it is easy for visitors to come from Adelaide the region is under threat of being encroached on by suburban development from nearby Adelaide.

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Wine varieties in Mclaren Vale

The benign viticultural environment here is suitable for many varieties and until recently the region was best known for its red wines, notably Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon as well its Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre (GSM) blends. 

But now the region is abuzz with a whole range of new varieties. In the 1990s a few wineries such as Coriole broke out of the traditional mould and started producing wine from Italian varieites notably Sangiovese. Early in the current century a whole new wave of alternative varieties have been introduced and are now flourishing.

For example Coriole were the first winery to release Fiano in Australia, while their neighbours at Olivers Taranga Vineyards are the first with the Galician variety Mencia.

McLaren Vale now has an amazing culture of innovative winemakers introducing many new varieties, new winemaking techniques (or reviving ancient ones like amphora fermentation) and creating groundbreaking marketing methods.

  • Aldinga Bay Barbera, Petit Verdot, Nebbiolo, Ruby Cabernet, Sangiovese, Vermentino
  • Alpha Box and Dice Barbera, Dolcetto, Montepulciano, Muscadelle, Nebbiolo, Negramoll, Nero d'Avola, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
  • Aphelion Sagrantino
  • Battle of Bosworth Wines Graciano, Touriga
  • Beach Road Aglianico, Greco, Fiano, Montepulciano, Nero d'Avola, Petit Verdot, Vermentino, Zinfandel
  • Beechtree Wines Arneis, Marsanne, Petit Verdot
  • Bent Creek Vineyards Tempranillo
  • Berg Herring Barbera, Chenin Blanc, Fiano, Nero d'Avola, Saperavi, Touriga,
  • Big Easy Radio Fiano, Malbec, Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Touriga, Vermentino
  • Blewitt Springs Barbera, Tempranillo
  • Bondar Wines Fiano
  • Brash Higgins Nero d'Avola
  • Brini Estste Chenin Blanc
  • Byrne and Smith Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo
  • Cape Barren Wines Gruner Veltliner, Tempranillo
  • Chalk Hill Winery Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Fiano, Moscato, Sangiovese, Savagnin, Tempranillo, Vermentino
  • Chapel Hill Roussanne, Sangiovese, Savagnin, Tempranillo, Vermentino
  • Coates Wines Malbec, Sangiovese, Touriga
  • Collins and Co Wines Fiano
  • Conte Estate Wines Aglianico, Gewurztraminer, Lagrein, Vermentino
  • Coriole Barbera, Chenin Blanc, Fiano, Nebbiolo, Negroamaro, Nero d'Avola, Piquepoul, Prosecco, Sangiovese, Sagrantino
  • Cradle of Hills Aglianico, Cinsaut, Fiano
  • Cragg Cru Fiano, Touriga
  • D'Arenberg Aglianico, Arneis, Chambourcin, Cinsaut, Marsanne, Mencia, Petit Verdot, Roussanne, Sagrantino, Souzao, Tempranillo, Tinto Cao
  • Doc Adams Savagnin, Tempranillo
  • Dowie Doole Aglianico, Chenin Blanc, Graciano, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Vermentino
  • ess&see Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Vermentino
  • Five Geese Hillgrove Wines Nero d’Avola
  • Five O’Clock Somewhere Barbera, Durif, Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola, Sagrantino, Sangiovese, Tannat, Touriga, Vermentino
  • Foggo Wines Cinsaut
  • Fox Creek Wines Nero d’Avola, Vermentino
  • G Patritti & Co Arneis, Barbera, Moscato, Savagnin, Saperavi, Trincadeira
  • Gemtree Vineyards Savagnin, Tempranillo
  • Gilligan Marsanne, Roussanne
  • Good Doctor Wine Group Tannat
  • Graham Stevens Wines Tempranillo
  • Hancock and Hancock Touriga
  • Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Fiano, Graciano, Lagrein, Roussanne, Savagnin, Tannat, Tempranillo, Teroldego, Zinfandel
  • Haselgrove Fiano
  • Hastwell and Lightfoot Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Vermentino
  • Head in the Clouds Graciano
  • Heirloom Vineyards Tempranillo, Touriga
  • Hither and Yon Aglianico, Carignan, Malbec, Nero d'Avola, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Tempranillo
  • Hugh Hamilton Nero d'Avola, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Saperavi, Tempranillo
  • Inkwell Tempranillo, Zinfandel
  • Kangarilla Road Fiano, Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Savagnin, Negramoll, Vermentino, Zinfandel
  • Kay Bros Amery Nero d'Avola
  • Koltz Sagrantino, Sangiovese
  • La Curio Aglianico, Sangiovese, Zinfandel
  • Lino Ramble Bastardo, Fiano, Grillo, Marsanne, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Nero d'Avola, Roussanne, Saperavi
  • Loom Barbera, Gruner Veltliner, Nebbiolo
  • Maximus Wines Graciano, Tempranillo
  • Maxwell Wines Malbec
  • McCarthy's Orchard Nero d'Avola
  • Middlebrook Estate Barbera, Sangiovese
  • Ministry of Clouds Tempranillo
  • Mitolo Malbec, Sagrantino, Sangiovese, Vermentino
  • Monterra Wines Nero d'Avola, Sangiovese
  • Mr Riggs Wine Company Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo
  • Nashwauk Tempranillo
  • Olivers Taranga Fiano, Mencia, Sagrantino, Tempranillo, Touriga, Vermentino
  • Oxenbury Farm Tempranillo, Vermentino
  • Paxton Graciano, Tempranillo
  • Pertaringa Aglianico, Graciano, Nero d'Avola, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Tempranillo
  • Pirramimma Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Petit Verdot, Tannat
  • Possums Vineyard Malbec
  • Primo Estate Barbera, Colombard, Garganega, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese
  • Renards Folly Sangiovese
  • Richard Hamilton Wines Marsanne, Roussanne
  • Rouleur Nero d'Avola
  • Rudderless Wines Graciano, Malbec
  • Sabella Wines Aglianico, Colorino, Nero d'Avola
  • Samuels Gorge Graciano, Nero d'Avola, Tempranillo
  • SC Pannell Barbera, Fiano, Malbec, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Nero d'Avola, Tempranillo, Tinta Cao, Touriga
  • Scarpantoni Estate Aglianico, Barbera, Chenin Blanc, Durif, Gamay, Montepulciano, Pinot Blanc, Vermentino
  • Selleck's Hill Wines Greco
  • Serafino Wines Barbera, Fiano, Lagrein, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo, Vermentino, Zinfandel
  • Sherrah Chenin Blanc, Fiano, Nero d'Avola, Tempranillo
  • Shingleback Tempranillo
  • Somos Aglianico, Arneis, Barbera, Carignan, Cinsaut, Cortese
  • Tapestry Touriga
  • Three Dark Horses Touriga
  • Ulithorne Marsanne, Graciano, Tempranillo
  • Varney Wines Fiano, Nebbiolo, Touriga
  • Vasarelli Cabernet Franc, Prosecco, Sangiovese, Vermentino
  • Vigna Bottin Barbera, Fiano, Nero d'Avola, Sangiovese, Vermentino
  • Way Wood Wines Cabernet Franc, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
  • Willunga 100 Wines Tempranillo
  • Wirra Wirra Tempranillo, Touriga
  • Woodstock Dolcetto, Lagrein, Montepulciano, Tempranillo
  • Yangarra Estate Bourboulenc, Carignan, Cinsaut, Clairette, Cournoise, Graciano, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Tempranillo
  • Zerella (la Gita) Arneis, Barbera, Fiano, Nero d’Avola, Sangiovese
Last updated 12 August 2020
The rolling hills of Mclaren Vale facing the Gulf of Saint Vincent

Visiting Mclaren vale

This region is easily reached as a day trip from Adelaide.  But you will enjoy your time here more if you stay for a couple of nights.  After all there are dozens of cellar doors to visit and the scenery is gorgeous.

You will find plenty of restaurants and pubs serving the local wine as well.

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