Visiting McLaren Vale
Food for thought
As well as producing fantastic wines, the McLaren Vale region is well known for its bevy of talented artisan food producers and passionate individuals to make your trip even more memorable. These producers include; olives, olive oils, vinegars, cheeses, almonds, marron (freshwater crayfish), venison, fruits, herbs and flowers. If tasting the goods leaves you curious for more and you are keen to testing out your skills you can book cooking classes and cheese making classes at both Chapel Hill Retreat and Producers or the Blending Bench here at d’Arenberg to make your own Dead Arm Shiraz!
Our Cellar Door at d’Arenberg sells some of the locally produced goodies including, home roasted spices, almonds and d'Arenberg wine-infused chocolate truffles. However to fully immerse yourself in the culture and our passion for flavour we recommend The Willunga Farmer's Market, held every Saturday in the heart of Willunga, you will run into lots of the locals, chefs, winemakers and the friendly cellar door staff, all topping up on the amazing produce!
If there is any guilt generated as a result of your d’Arenberg and McLaren Vale indulgence, you can walk off the excesses at one of the region’s fantastic beaches – just ask the team at Cellar Door and they will give you our local tourist map and send you off in the right direction for a swim and some exercise. The local beaches are some of the cleanest and most beautiful in Australia and the proximity McLaren Vale not only helps with the grape growing but also will enhance your visit just that little bit more. You won’t want to leave!
McLaren Vale by Air
Whilst visiting McLaren Vale you will hear a lot about how the small differences in location “Terrior” making a big difference in the fruit style, the varied geologies, Sub-Regions, proximity to the ocean, how the slop of the hill will affect the grapes, the list goes on... To all this information fit together take a scenic flight of McLaren Vale with Adelaide Biplanes, it’s simply stunning
Stay a day or two
To help plan your trip through McLaren Vale or to linger a little longer and see more of what the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer check out these sites for more information on accommodation and local tour providers. Of course if you would like to ask us any question you can also email to get some advice.