"McLAREN VALE" McLaren Vale by balhannah

McLaren Vale Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 52 photos


McLaren Vale is just 40 minutes via the Southern Expressway from Adelaide.

After travelling 35 kms from the city, you will arrive in McLaren Vale, a town set in a picturesque region of orchards, pastures, settlers cottages by tall gum trees, olive and almond groves, rows of spreading vineyards, and a spectacular coastline just minutes away.

Well known names such as John Reynell and Thomas Hardy will be seen here.

For those who love Wine, over 60 Wineries are close by, plenty of tastings to be done at the award winning Wineries.

At one time McLaren Vale was the almond growing capital of Australia.

They soon discovered the rich soils were prime vineyard land and produced wines of exceptional quality.

Many growers switched to vines, almond groves still exist in the region today, mostly in Willunga.

McLaren Vale is renowned for its award winning wines and over 60 wineries, olives and olive oil, restaurants, gourmet foods, cafes, galleries, nurseries.


There is a dispute whether McLaren Vale was named after David McLaren, the Colonial Manager of the South Australia Company, who arrived in the colony in 1837 and departed three years later, or after Scotsman, John McLaren, who surveyed the area in 1839.

Before either of them came along the local Aborigines called the area Myallina Dooronga.

Until the 1920's, McLaren Vale was applied to the region more than to the particular town.

This is an area which has always been about grape growing. As early as 1850 the historic Hardy and Seaview wineries were in operation, and it's widely accepted that Thomas Hardy's purchase of the Tintara vineyard in 1853 is the symbolic beginning of the town.

Many buildings from these early days can still be found in and around the area.

McLaren Vale is now a busy town with about 2000 residents and makes an ideal base when exploring the McLaren Vale Wine Region and other attractions in the Fleurieu Peninsula.

This concludes Day trip 5..
We now head back to ADELAIDE along Main road at McLaren Vale which joins Victor Harbor road and then the Main South Road, that takes us back to Adelaide.

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  • In a nutshell:Beautiful area worth spending some time in.
  • Last visit to McLaren Vale: May 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • melandaz's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    More memories! Did you know you can buy Menz chocolates in queensland?

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Mar 6, 2014 at 1:34 AM

      Pleased it brought back some good memories for you. Yes, I have seen some of the chocolates in the supermarkets - yum!


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