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The Many Faces of McLaren Vale

Comparisons of wines from South Australia to the Rhône Valley are particularly pertinent, now more than ever. Shiraz has dominated the landscape and the headlines for decades, but now there is greater respect for the other Rhône varieties. Grenache and Mourvédre (commonly referred to as Mataro), in particular, as well as Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, are gaining in popularity. The leaps and bounds made with Grenache over the last decade are perhaps the most exciting development in the local fine wine scene . . .

Words by Angus Hughson.
Published in Vinous

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Centre of biodynamic winemaking in Australia

Few winemakers are confronting climate breakdown as fast and with as much finesse as the South Australian innovators of McLaren Vale, where sustainability is poured into each and every glass.

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Words by Rebecca Foreman.
Published in South China Morning Post
May 2023

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Make Mine a Monte

Lino Ramble Domino Montepulciano 2019 is the best of both worlds. So sophisticated, complex and silky-smooth yet finished dry and slightly grippy. A real joy.

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Words by Dan Traucki.
Published in WBM
March / April 2023

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Until the mid-1990s very few people outside of South Australia had heard of McLaren Vale as a winegrowing region. However today, around the world, it is one of Australia's better-known wine regions.

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Words by Dan Traucki.
Published by WBM
March / April 2023

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The Vintage Journal - McLaren Vale 2022

The results of our recent trip to McLaren Vale, a region that is going from strength to strength. There are over 150 wine reviews plus essays from Angus Hughson and Andrea Pritzker MW, a new addition to The Vintage Journal team, as well as an extensive history of the region. We also feature the Living Icons from vineyards planted before 1900.

Words by Andrew Caillard MW.
Published in The Vintage Journal

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RAC 'Horizons' Magazine - Feel Good McLaren Vale

For Western Australians, stunning coastal wine regions don’t get much better than Margaret River, but just over the border, producers in South Australia’s McLaren Vale are doing some interesting new things in one of the country’s oldest wine regions. McLaren Vale delivers a stunning gourmet seaside experience, with vibrant local markets, undulating sustainably run vineyards, oodles of biking and walking trails, and miles of white sand beaches fringing the aquamarine waters of Gulf St. Vincent.

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Words by Susan Gough Henly
Published by RAC Horizons Magazine, Perth
October 13, 2022

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Australian Traveller '100 Amazing Road Trips' - McLaren Vale

The Saturday farmers market in Willunga packs up at noon, but even after a sleep-in and a crossword I still arrive with time to spare thanks to the wormhole-like Southern Expressway that whisks me through Adelaide’s southern suburbs to McLaren Vale. Growers and makers of every type cram into the local schoolyard, and I follow my nose (and the crowds) to the toastie stall for a gooey late breakfast.

Words by Alexis Buxton-Collins
Published by Australian Traveller
May 10, 2022

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Old-Vines South Australia

Old vines may be a modern concept—or, at least, a distinction born out of modern viticulture, post phylloxera. According to Chester Osborn, who has collected old-vine parcels to build on his family’s d’Arenberg estate in McLaren Vale, vines planted on their own roots can survive for centuries in the dry conditions at his vineyards. It is largely the failure of the graft between the rootstock and the scion that creates what modern viticulturists consider the vine’s 40-year lifespan.

Words by Joshua Greene
Published by Wine & Spirits Magazine
February 7, 2022

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Meet Sam Berketa Young Gun of Wine Awards 2021

Amanda Eve (2021 Wine Communicators of Australia Wine Media Cadet) sits down with the Young Gun of Wine Awards - People's Choice Winner, Sam Berketa of Alpha Box and Dice Winery in McLaren Vale to see how he is coming into his own in the Australian wine industry.

Words by Amanda Eve
Published by Great Wine Capitals
January 17, 2022

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From Paddock to Plate – McLaren Vale is dishing up more than great wine!

Located just 45 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD, the McLaren Vale Wine Region is a popular and easily accessible wine tourism destination within South Australia. While known for producing world-class wines and pioneering many Mediterranean varietals such as Vermentino, Nero d'Avola and Tempranillo; it’s also an industry leader when it comes to sustainable agriculture.

Words by Amanda Eve
Published by Great Wine Capitals
January 17, 2022

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Coastal Vines

A taste of the Mediterranean with a distinctly Aussie twist awaits at McLaren Vale. Susan Gough Henly discovers the best places to dine, drink and play in South Australia’s greenest wine region.

Words by Susan Gough Henly
Published by Gourmet Traveller

January 10, 2022

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Must-visit McLaren Vale cellar doors

McLaren Vale's 80-plus wineries can be daunting for the uninitiated. To streamline your options and kick off your planning, we’ve pinpointed six unmissable cellar doors.

Published by Wine Companion

February 12, 2021


Organic Growth

South Australia's first wine region, McLaren Vale has grown to be one of the country's finest, elevated through a culture of respect and cooperation, and the locals' innovative and thoughtful attitude to wine production.

Words by Kate Symons
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December 2, 2021

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Trending Travel Spots - The Aussie towns to get across Now!

Sip the day away at the many McLaren Vale wineries.

Words by Gabrielle Del Grande
Published by New Idea, National
19 April 2021

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Media Article: SA's wineries boast more than just a fine drop

Mona-style museums and cuisine are the latest to invade SA's wine region.

Words by Louise Goldsbury
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17 April 2021

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McLaren Vale wines to try

Established in the early 1800s, SA’s McLaren Vale is one of Australia’s most historic winemaking areas.

Published by Wine Companion
7 April 2021