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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  • Grenache

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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Mclaren Vale View all

  • Mitolo Wines Pty Ltd

    Mitolo Wines is a family owned business, borne of and led by the founder and owner Frank Mitol...

  • Koltz

    Koltz began as a small wine label in 1995 when winemaker Mark Day and Anna Koltunow made their fi...

  • Sabella Vineyards

    Sabella is a pseudonym which has travelled with the Petrucci family name over six generations fro...

  • Darenberg

    d’Arenberg has developed an enviable reputation with their range of idiosyncratic wines. From ...

  • Vina Moda Winery

    A crowning achievement among California’s Boutique Wineries, Vina Moda has created a remarkable b...

  • Wineinc Pty Ltd

    The Melbourne Wine Show is arguably the most important wine show for one year old red wine in Aus...

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