McLaren Vale offers some of the best wines in the world, a superb climate, outstanding regional produce and warm hospitality. It’s a tourist’s dream, with beautiful undulating hills dotted with vineyards sweeping down to pristine, sun-drenched beaches, bushland and orchards leading to alluring wineries and cellar doors, five-star retreats, quirky cafés and funky art galleries. Spend a day wine tasting at a selection of the 75 cellar doors, all within a short drive of the township of McLaren Vale. There is a variety of walking trails through McLaren Vale including the stunning Onkaparinga Gorge trail and the Shiraz Trail from the town of McLaren Vale to Willunga which you can enjoy also enjoy by bike.
Eat Out! Enjoy one of the famous restaurants with a glass (or two) of McLaren Vale’s liquid assets, best known for Shiraz, the region also excels with Grenache and Cabernet. Local producers and chefs are blessed with the ideal ingredients that help maintain McLaren Vale’s position as one of Australia’s premier food regions.
Eat in! Choose your own fresh regionally grown products at the Willunga Farmers Market. It really does taste better . The Markets are held every Saturday morning in the main street in the township of Willunga.
The McLaren Vale is also home to a variety of unique Galleries. Explore the artisan roots of the region or follow the Art Trail – local creativity inspired by the lifestyle, landscape and heritage.
Watch the Classic Adelaide Car Rally in Spring, the Tour Down Under in Summer, help with the grape harvest in Autumn and enjoy the Sea and Vines Festival in Winter. Each season is celebrated in a different way in the beautiful McLaren Vale.
Willunga Farmers Market was the first farmers market to be established in South Australia and is now considered one of the best. ‘Meet the grower and taste the region’ is the theme for this market, held every Saturday in Willunga Town Square; rain, hail or shine! With multiple stalls selling fresh primary produce from regional farms and Fleurieu Peninsula products, shoppers experience a diverse variety, showcasing all that is fresh and seasonal.
It is a 12 km drive (15 minutes) from Aldinga Beach Getaway Villas. Open most saturdays - check their website.