There are more than 70 cellar doors to visit in the McLaren Vale wine region of South Australia as well as distilleries and craft breweries so on a recent stay in the area we decided to try venues that we hadn’t visited before. These are my latest top 4 and the reasons why.
It’s always good to get a recommendation to visit a venue and I’m more than happy to pass this one on as well, but only if great tasting excellent value wines, locally sourced food and happy service from staff, while you sit in a wow setting on a bend of the Murray River is your thing. This is one of those ‘what’s not to love’ places and when you visit you’ll find it hard to drag yourself away.
Don’t be fooled by the thought of having to go down Swamp Road to find this winery in the Adelaide Hills at Oakbank. It’s actually a little garden oasis set within 250 acres of vineyards and grazing land with far reaching views and picture worthy garden nooks wherever your eyes settle. No wonder it’s a popular venue for private functions and weddings, with its secluded setting and warm welcome from all the staff which you feel from the minute you arrive. In fact the welcoming party begins before you even get out of the car! Chap the endearing blue heeler was there to greet us and lead us into the winery which felt more like paying a visit to an old friend albeit a sprawling homestead owning, down to earth friend.