TOURISM website

What to do, where to go and what's on in the McLaren Vale region.

MEMBERS website

For Members of the McLaren Vale Grape, Wine & Tourism Association.

Wine Production

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.

Production and winemaking

Production and winemaking

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.

McLaren Vale has 7, 375 hectares of grapevines planted, with 56% of our plantings 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.

For more detailed information regarding grapevines planted in the region (including a list of the Top 10 varieties), the Vinehealth Australia's online region's report can be viewed here.

McLaren Vale is also home to a significant number of boutique brewers and passionate distillers and our region's reputation continues to grow steadily.