One of the Oldest & Greatest
McLaren Vale is one of the great and oldest regions when it comes to Australian wine. The birthplace of wine in South Australia, it lies just south of the capital city of Adelaide and offers a multiplicity of soils which bask under a Mediterranean climate.
Today, although it has over 7,500 hectares under vine and with demand for its wines at an all-time global high, it retains a lot of the innovative spirit that it was born with.
Much of that spirit of innovation stems from the fact that the Vale, as it is known to locals, still has many boutique wineries who are continuing to push the boundaries in the search for perfection.
McLaren Vale snapshot
In addition to being one of the oldest regions, McLaren Vale is one of South Australia's most picturesque regions, nestled between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the white, sandy beaches of the Gulf of St Vincent. It offers exceptional wines and regional produce all set amongst rolling vineyards, a rugged coastline and a charming collective of villages. With so much to offer visitors and winemakers alike, and with its natural propensity toward change and experimentation, it’s not surprising that that McLaren remains a draw for some of the most creative winemakers around.
These winemakers add to the vibrancy of a region that for decades has been lauded for its ability to produce brilliance from an array of noble varietals like Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon to newer arrivals like Nero d’Avola, Fiano and Vermentino.
McLaren Vale is a region of beauty with a focus on quality and innovation that ensures its reputation will continue to grow and grow. McLaren Vale is also one of the more environmentally conscious regions in Australia with a large percentage of producers farming organically, biodynamically and employing sustainable farming methods as EPIC NEGOCIANTS do.
Total vineyard area
This variety shines in the cooler sites and cooler vintages. Full-bodied with ripe, soft tannins and classic blackcurrant/blackberry aromas and flavours.
Top varieties grown in McLaren Vale
The cooling effect from the ocean creates substantial meso-climate variation
Exposure to or protection from ocean influence dictates success of varieties planted
Low summer rainfall
Wide range of soils but red/brown loamy sand quite common
Sandy soils on hillsides around Blewitt Springs
Some areas with terra rossa