McLaren Vale wine region is situated a short distance to the
South of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. The township
of McLaren Vale, which gives its name to the region, is only
37 km from the centre of Adelaide and can be reached in under
45 minutes by car.
region extends from the Sellicks Hill Range to the eastern
side of Clarendon, just to the north of Reynella and is bounded
to the west by the waters of Gulf St Vincent. The proximity
of the sea to the west has a pronounced impact on the climate
of the region, which combined with good air drainage means
the vineyards enjoy minimal temperature variability and good
exposure to cool afternoon breezes from the southwest. Regional
temperature variability is less than 1.5° C, with the
climate characterised by warm summers, moderate winters, winter-dominant
rainfall (580-700 mm per annum), low relative humidity and
relatively high evaporation.
the region is comparatively small, it contains a wide diversity
of soil and microclimate interactions, called terroirs. Each
terrior produces different characteristics in the wines.
are planted on a wide variety of soils including podsolic
soils of low fertility, fertile red-brown earths, terra rossa,
rendzina, soldolic and dark cracking soils. Each of these
soil types contributes to the rich diversity of wine produced
by the winemakers of the region. Overall the soil is very
poor and in many cases is sandy in nature and laid over clays,
which means they hold very little water. This is, however,
an advantage, as it allows the accurate control of moisture
to the vines through the use of drip irrigation.
Vale is also located close to the south coast with its wonderful
beaches and crystal clear waters. In addition McLaren Vale
stands at the gateway to the Fleurieu Peninsula with its
wide variety of tourist attractions including cottage industries,
producers of gourmet foods, places to stay, steam train
rides, sailing, boating, surf beaches, family friendly beaches,
diving locations, fishing spots, whale and penguin viewing
and places to eat.