Mediterranean sensibility

McLaren Vale is one of the great and oldest names of 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 much of the innovative spirit that it was born with.

Much of that spirit of innovation stems from the fact that the Vale still has many boutique wineries who are continuing to push the boundaries in the search for perfection.

Read more about McLaren Vale.

McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale
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6,209ha
Total vineyard area
0-417m
Altitude
35° 19'S
Latitude
226mm
Growing season rainfall
21.3°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
Climate
  • 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
Soil
  • Wide range of soils but red/brown loamy sand quite common
  • Sandy soils on hillsides around Blewitt Springs
  • Some areas with terra rossa

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