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McLaren Vale is a picturesque wine region in South Australia and only 40 minutes from Adelaide CBD.

McLaren Vale wine region, home to around 65 wineries, is near Adelaide, South Australia. It’s the heart of the Fleurieu Peninsula's wine-growing area, between the Gulf St. Vincent inlet and Mount Lofty Ranges. Olive and almond groves are scattered among its vineyards. The town of McLaren Vale, the region's hub, is the starting point for the Shiraz Trail, which follows a former rail route to the town of Willunga, you could walk or ride this trail, very picturesque.

Below are some recommendations of great wineries to visit and things to do whilst you explore this wonderful area of McLaren Vale South Australia

Gemtree Winery is located at McLaren Flat, South Australia and is a Family-owned winery with biodynamically and organically farmed vineyards.

The wines are Bio-dynamic wines grounded in earth. Their tasting room is open 7 days (excluding Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 11am – 5pm.

Relax on their deck, immerse yourself in a personalized guided Tasting Experience and take in unparalleled views of their vineyards and beyond to the sea.

With a large open lawn area to enjoy in spring and summer, and heating on the deck for autumn and winter, it’s always a perfect time to visit.

We encourage you to book ahead for one of their informative and delicious Tasting Experiences, which are conducted at your own seated individual table and this is where you will experience the family story and sample some of their delicious wines (groups are capped at 6)

Adjacent to the Tasting Room is the 1km Gemtree Wetlands Eco-Trail a meandering path through 10 hectares of regenerated natural bushland, a haven for frogs, birds & animals with six interlinking dams and 50,000 native trees planted over 10 hectares. This is where you can explore the restored native landscape, relax in the wide-open spaces and use the BBQ facilities and playground.

Enjoy a wine tasting experience at Samson Tall Winery either inside the small pug church built in 1854 or sit outside on the lovely lawn area. Samson Tall staff provide comfortable mats for the lawn area so you can sit and enjoy a wine with the view of the vines. Lying on the grass and gazing up to the sky with the tall trees is relaxing and breathtaking. The whole experience will no doubt be memorable, great wines, lovely staff and a little history and to finish your visit take a moment to pat the gorgeous placid dogs that enjoy having visitors.

The winery and church are surrounded by gardens and vineyard, with a historic local cemetery.

Adelaide Style Accommodation encourages you to take the time to visit them at 219 Strout Road, McLaren Vale.

Woodstock Wine Estate - Beautiful old gum trees, wine taste, enjoy a delicious lunch, this place is just so relaxing and friendly. Woodstock has been family owned and operated for three generations and have proudly maintained a commitment to capturing the essence of McLaren Vale since 1973. Their cellar door is open for wine tasting and sales 7 days a week from 11am to 4pm at 215 Douglas Gully Road, McLaren Flat.

Sabella Vineyards Cellar Door is in the main street of McLaren Vale. It’s a National Trust listed Church, built in 1861 and from the moment you step inside it has the wow factor.

Beautifully restored and showcasing a lovely area for tasting the Sabella wines and enjoying a home made pizza, pasta dish or cheese platter with a welcoming ambience. If you have time don’t forget to finish off with one of their traditional homemade Italian deserts (Tiramisu), delicious.

You can also enjoy your food and wine around the courtyard area of the church and chat with your traveling companions. Before you go take a moment to look at the small historical cemetery to the rear of the building rich in Church history.

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