40 kilometres from Adelaide
Not only is McLaren Vale an internationally acclaimed wine district, the town also offers beautiful scenery, with local restaurants and cafés serving up delicious regional produce.
Just 40 kilometres from Adelaide, McLaren Vale is nestled between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the beaches of Gulf St Vincent, and is the perfect base to explore the region's many cellar doors.
Wander the main street looking around the art studios, galleries and shops along the way, indulge your sweet tooth at Medlow Confectionery (famous for FruChocs) or head off on the McLaren Vale Cheese and Wine Trail.
To get a feel of the countryside, walk or ride the eight-kilometre Shiraz Trail beginning adjacent the Visitor Information Centre and meandering through to the township of Willunga, passing via vineyards, wild olive groves and old gum trees.
The McLaren Vale wine region is rich in history, with the first vines planted by John Reynell in 1838, two years after the proclamation of the colony of South Australia. As early as 1850 the historic Hardy and Seaview wineries were in operation, and it is widely accepted that Thomas Hardy's purchase of the Tintara vineyard in 1853 marked the symbolic beginning of the town.
In the early 1800's when the region was being established, before the introduction of grape vines its main agricultural trade was in fact cereal crops.
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