Luxury, Romantic and Boutique Accommodation in McLaren Vale
Mild weather, vineyards and boutique accommodation of McLaren Vale attract year-round visitors
Although the McLaren Vale region of South Australia is only an hour’s drive south from Adelaide, the hilly landscapes and mild climate are more reminiscent of southern Europe. Nearly every spare piece of ground is crowned with rows and rows of grapevines all flourishing in a climate that reflects the Mediterranean’s warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. In fact, this area is home to some of Australia’s oldest grape vines and is known as the birthplace of the famous South Australian wine industry – an industry which today is responsible for half of Australia’s grape production.
To experience everything that the region has to offer, start by exploring the beautiful coastline, near-deserted swimming beaches and backcountry hiking and cycling trails, such as the 32-kilometre Shiraz Trail. Discovering the area's treasures is made easier from your central McLaren Vale accommodation.
The main town in the region is the 19th-century hub of McLaren Vale, which is filled with beautiful architecture, cafes, galleries, cellar doors and boutique luxury accommodation. Both the town and the local region have become an internationally recognised brand name for fine wines – notably shiraz and crisp white wine.
For the gastronomy-focused visitor, the day should begin with a gourmet breakfast at a McLaren Vale cafe and followed by an excursion to some nearby cellar doors – there are over 60 of them to enjoy. As the afternoon heat builds, head back to one of the nearby beaches such as the surf beach at Moana or the fishing-mecca of Sellicks Beach for more waterside relaxation.
Just a short 10-minute drive from town takes you to the beautiful Onkaparinga River National Park, where you can follow the river on a kayak as it winds through the park or trek along the 50-metre cliffs that offer incredible views. Several pleasurable days could be spent just hopping from cellar door to cellar door, returning to your boutique McLaren Vale accommodation each evening to enjoy your local wine with some delicious local produce.