Hot town: McLaren Vale’s consistent warm summer climate and coastal proximity areis ideally suited to super premium winegrape production.
Seaview: McLaren Vale is one of the few areas in the world where grapes are grown so close to the ocean. Many of the best vineyards have a view to the Gulf of St Vincent.
Trad is rad: McLaren Vale has strong traditions. Our winemaking history dates back to 1838- with vines still in production from Dr AC Kelly’s original farm ‘Upper Tintara’ - section 605- hundred of the township of McLaren Vale. Old vines in McLaren Vale are responsible for wines that regularly win top awards around the world.
Big time: McLaren Vale is one of the top three producing regions in South Australia with 6,523 hectares of vines planted. Wine and tourism are the biggest employers in the area.
Black grape: The grapegrowers of McLaren Vale have a particular way of speaking about their produce. An old-time McLaren Vale grapegrower calls their red wine making fruit- ‘my black grapes’. Modern testing techniques have shown they are right! McLaren Vale produces some of the highest colour scores in grapes ever recorded. The grapes are not soft red like other regions when ripe they leave a purple stain.
Crush: The area has one major grape variety, Shiraz with 3,218 hectares planted. Other major varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon with 1,288 ha planted and, Chardonnay with 722 ha planted and Grenache with 402 ha - much of this as dry-grown bush vines.