Eating and Drinking in McLaren Vale Wine Region

If you know me personally, or through sometimes obnoxious 120second long Instagram stories, you will know there is nothing I love more than a day exploring our stunning wine regions. It begs the question what is not to love about the whole experience; friends, wine, cheese, wine, with an occasional side of cute winery dogs. 


In case you don't miraculously find time to visit a wine region what is seeming to be closer to fortnightly than once in a blue moon, I have put together my top picks.  







For a full day of wine tasting I strongly recommend starting the day at Dawn Patrol; think roastery with a cellar door nestled among the vineyards. Note, only open Sundays 9:30am - 4pm |





Now if you're partaking in a day of wine on Saturday, my first stop is Willunga Farmers Market. With plenty of deliciousness to eat this is the perfect way to start the day. From Humble Grounds are there for all your specialty coffee needs. Insider tip: this is one of my favourite locations for dog spotting! Open every Saturday 8am - 12:30pm |



A hidden gem Four Winds Chocolate opens up one day a week for all your pastry and coffee needs. My tip? Get there early, and make sure you take something for the road, come the afternoon you'll be hanging out for your next mouthful. Open Saturdays 9am - 3pm |




Okay, now you're probably wondering when the wine is going to make an appearance. Well wait no longer, here are my pick of the best wineries in the region!


Hugo Wines, a picturesque cellar door with panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards. With a recently landscaped lawn area this is the perfect place to sit and enjoy the sunshine. 


Maxwell Wines is one of my favourite wineries for a unique reason. Maxwell Wines are the biggest producer of mead in the Southern Hemisphere. Be sure to take home a bottle of each of their four styles. 






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