A short drive away from Adelaide, historic McLaren Vale is the perfect spot for a short break. Wine Paths has selected some of the best vineyard accommodation McLaren Vale has to offer, to help relieve you of the burden of choice this region places upon the enthusiastic wine tourist.
With more than a hundred wineries, mainly small boutique and family-fun operations, you are guaranteed an intimate experience when you arrive at your McLaren Vale vineyard accommodation.
McLaren Vale is known for its rich, dry reds with a characteristic hint of chocolate, and the region is particularly noted for its soft Shiraz, which makes up over 50% of the total crush. However, there are plenty of other reds to explore, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Mataro (aka Mourvedre). These latter two, together with Shiraz, are the ingredients for the acclaimed GSM (Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre) blends which McLaren Vale is also renowned for. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate the whites, but a wide variety of grape varieties are grown here due to its varied mesoclimates and benign Mediterranean climate. Many other Mediterranean varieties, especially those from Italy and the Iberian Peninsula are also beginning to make their mark, thus this one region offers many world-class varieties to indulge in whilst relaxing at your McLaren Vale winery accommodation.
Find your perfect McLaren Vale vineyard accommodation
McLaren Vale has something to offer everyone. With its sustainable winegrowing, world-class wines, gastronomic experiences and unparalleled natural environment, a weekend will not be long enough to explore the region.
McLaren Vale boasts thirty kilometres of pristine, breath-taking coastline with sprawling sandy beaches. Visit the coastal village of Port Willunga and sample the popular seaside restaurants. Relax on Sellicks Beach where the Mount Lofty Ranges meet the beach or admire the spectacular cliffs and pristine sands at Aldinga or Masling beaches. Simply enjoy the fusion of beach lifestyle and a premier wine region.
Outdoor fans will also find MacLaren Vale winery accommodation the perfect base from which to enjoy the many trails in the region, including the Coast to Vines Rail Trail from Willunga to Marino in the McLaren Vale vineyard area – a shared use path along a disused railway line, also known as ‘The Shiraz Trail’ after the region’s eponymous wine. Follow the spectacular Coast Part Trail along the tops of the sand dunes or explore national parks teeming with wildlife.
Follow the Fleurieu Peninsula Arts Trail and discover the Vale’s artistic talent, making sure you also call in at the participating wineries.
And where would wine be without food? The region’s diverse food culture and fabulous local produce both at the local farmers’ markets and the region’s premium restaurants make it one of Australia’s best-known foodie regions. Gourmet restaurants, cafés and grocery stores abound, just begging for you to pair some local food with the region’s premier wines. The nearby ocean is abundant with seafood, the rolling hills are a source of outstanding dairy produce and premium olive oil, and the region is also home to many boutique brewers and distillers.
With so many different aspects of this melting pot of a region to explore, you’ll want to spend far longer here than just a weekend, so let the local experts at Wine Paths help you put together your itinerary and select your winery accommodation. McLaren Vale will be awaiting you with open arms.
Thanks to our close partnerships with McLaren Vale’s leading travel agencies and wineries, at Wine Paths we can help you discover some of the most perfect McLaren Vale vineyard accommodation. Whether you’re looking for a boutique Bed & Breakfast or a winery retreat with fabulous vineyard views, our local experts can help you find it.
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