McLaren Vale is located approximately 37 km south of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, and is almost unique within Australia in being situated to close to the sea (and some of the best beaches in the country). McLaren Vale was one of the earliest regions to be planted to vines in South Australia, with first recorded plantings in 1838 by John Reynell in Reynella, slightly to the north of the McLaren Vale town ship.
McLaren Vale has what is best described as a Mediterranean climate; winter dominant rainfall, low relative humidity and high relative evaporation. Rain during vintage and frosts in spring are both rare. Our vines benefit from cooling gully winds in summer and the proximity of the ocean moderates winter temperatures and sea breezes help relieve hot summer afternoons. McLaren Vale is rightly considered one of the most consistent premium wine growing regions in Australia.
For more information on the region, please see the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association website.