Like to know what makes McLaren Vale special? Here are eight 'quick facts' about why McLaren Vale is so unique.
- McLaren Vale can lay claim to being Australia’s ‘greenest’ wine region, with the highest number of certified organic and biodynamic vineyards.
- The region takes biosecurity seriously. McLaren Vale is in an enviable position of being phylloxera free - this status enables us to maintain some of the oldest vines in the world.
- McLaren Vale was the first region in Australia to declare and manage its underground water resource so that it is self-replenishing. In addition, McLaren Vale built the first and largest reclaimed water network in Australia so that 100% of all irrigation used in our region is from a sustainable resource.
- McLaren Vale’s internationally recognised Geographical Indication includes a 30 kilometre (18.6 miles) stretch of pristine, sandy coastline including six beaches.
- Home to South Australia’s first farmers market, Willunga Farmers Market is held every Saturday in the Willunga Town Square with more than 80 farmers and artisan food producers selling their fresh produce; rain, hail or shine.
- Farm-to-plate is important! Our region’s restaurants and eateries source local ingredients wherever possible. McLaren Vale and its surrounds offers an abundance of farmgate providores, boutique grocers, kitchen gardens and farmers markets.
- With 200 years of winemaking history, many of the first families that settled in the region have a multigenerational story to share.
- McLaren Vale rocks! Our passion for winemaking can be linked to an intricate geological story under-vine. Up to 50 unique geologies can be found across the region, some dating 550 million years in age!