Mclaren Vale Wine

John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young labourer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it remains one of the most richly varied and highly developed areas in Australia, producing intensely flavoured and coloured red wines and similarly powerful whites. The region is bordered to the north by the city of Adelaide with Adelaide Hills to the east, Sellicks Hill Range to the south and the Gulf of St Vincent to the west. The landscape though ever changing is nonetheless invariably beautiful, with rivers—notably the Onkaparinga and its tributaries—hills, olive groves and forests all co-existing and confirming yet again the need for the all-important correct site selection. Hitherto it had been difficult to describe the official climate of McLaren Vale, as there was no local weather station and statistical data had to be taken from the Waite Institute, located in a southern suburb of Adelaide some 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) to the north. However, Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Mclaren Vale View all

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Mclaren Vale View all

  • Richard Hamilton

    Nestled amongst the vineyards with magnificent views to the Willunga escarpment, Leconfield McLar...

  • Mollydooker Wines

    Husband and wife team Sarah and Sparky Marquis are well known for making award winning wines f...

  • Château Reynella

    Kelly’s Revenge is perfect at the end of a long day. This great new range of Australian wines is ...

  • RockBare Pty Ltd

    "When I started RockBare, my goal was to make pure and intense wines, using only varieties that ...

  • Pirramimma Winery

    Pirramimma was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 and has been owned and operated by ...

  • Oliverhill Winery

    Oliverhill is a small winery located in McLaren Vale. We, the Miller family, have been here sinc...

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Mclaren Vale on Snooth

  • Ministry of Clouds Mataro 2014

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    light wine, but otherwise well balanced between fruits and spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Ministry of Clouds Blewitt Springs Single Vineyard Shiraz 2014

    Snoothrank:

    rich, fruity, plummy, and well balanced with spices. great wine! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Ministry of Clouds Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2015

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    so spicy, that unfortunately the spices covered otherwise promising flavors Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Shingleback Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2011

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    Wasted with a shrimp dinner. Needed a good ribeye or similar steak. Linz says it smells very good. Read More

    Wine review by ke6lbm


  • D'Arenberg the Custodian Mclaren Vale 2012

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    Amazing wine for money - talk about QPR in spades. Mdae from old vine Grenache this is loaded with earthy tones, toasty oak tannins, pepper, slight cherry on a medium body that finishs slightly sweet with wonderful acidity. Outstanding - drink now - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • D'Arenberg the Custodian Mclaren Vale 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle


  • D'Arenberg the Custodian Mclaren Vale 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle


  • D'Arenberg the Custodian Mclaren Vale 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Coriole is one of our favourite places to visit. Its situated in McLaren Vale, South Australia. We visited Coriole last weekend and had a fantastic time! We did a wine tasting and enjoyed a local platter. Their fiano and prosecco were my favourites. They are starting to introduce a lot more Italian varieties to the region. The estate has great g... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Local knowledge


  • "If I wanted Sine Qua Non style Hermitage Syrah (Rhone) not from Rhone, I ... Ben Glaetzer of Barossa and McLaren Vale. "  & please understand zero disrespect to Rhone Wines I assure.Writers, Advertisers, Marketing sell wine too.! and loyalists know the difference between marketing and wines deserving the Cult Status and only producing >usuall... Read More

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