McLaren Vale


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Located 45 minutes south of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, McLaren Vale is the birthplace of wine in South Australia. The McLaren Vale region is Mediterranean in climate, nestled between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the white, sandy beaches of the Gulf of St Vincent. Due to the climatic influence of the ocean and neighbouring ranges, McLaren Vale produces ultra-premium Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet, as well as Mediterranean varieties such as Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese. The region is one of the most geologically diverse regions in the world with more than 40 unique geologies present that vary in age from 15,000 years to over 550 million years. McLaren Vale is also the most environmentally conscious region in Australia with a higher percentage of producers farming organically, biodynamically or employing sustainable farming methods than any other Australian region.


7,412 hectares of growing area

19 appellations or sub-districts


125 wineries

400 grape growers

60 tourism operators

20 associated wine

industry businesses


9.2 million litres of wine exported

$75 million AUD total worldwide sales (2016)


2,100 jobs created

721,000 visitors per year

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Unique Fact 
The official McLaren Vale Geographical Indication (GI) declaration was made in 1997. Due to the climatic influence of ocean and neighbouring ranges, the region’s producers have embraced Spanish and Italian varieties such as Barbera, Fiano, Tempranillo, Mourvedre and Moscato and explore re-emerging varieties like Viognier, Sangiovese, Zinfandel and Verdelho.

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