McLaren Vale Region
McLaren Vale has produced wine since 1838. With more than 180 years of experience, our region's reputation is strongly established in South Australia's and Australia's winemaking origins.
Today, our region remains Phylloxera free and is known for innovative viticultural and winemaking techniques and an international reputation for producing the 'trilogy' of Australian reds: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.
Of our region's 7,308 hectares of area under vine, 54% of our plantings are dedicated to Shiraz, however our region also excels in producing exceptional Mediterranean alternative red and white varieties including Fiano, Vermentino, Barbera, Montepulciano, Nero d'Avola and Tempranillo
This variety has enjoyed a spirited renaissance during the last decade. The older plantings produce incredibly richly flavoured wines with juiciness. One would be hard pressed to find a variety more ideally suited to McLaren Vale and many old-vine vineyards still exist and are revered.
Chardonnay established a dominance in white grape plantings with virtually every producer having a Chardonnay however in more recent years winemakers have shifted their focus to Spanish and Italian varieties better suited to the maritime climate.
The crown jewel Coonawarra is Cabernet Sauvignon - producing a densely coloured, richly flavoured wine that quickly develops a velvety texture. Coonawarra Cabernet is known the world over for its quality and its seductive style. A Hallmark of Cabernet Sauvignon The wines are full bodied and rich, often with a touch of dark chocolate intermixed with blackcurrant. The tannins are plentiful but soft, and the wines have structure for aging.
Clare Key Varieties
The crown jewel of the Clare Valley is Riesling - producing a densely coloured, richly flavoured wine that quickly develops a velvety texture. Clare Valley Riesling is known all over the world over for its world class quality of this iconic variety.
The classic lime flavours with crisp acidy are a hallmark of the region which has over time made inroads inro producing other varieties to a similiar quality.