McLaren Vale is a wine region in the Australian state of South Australia located in the Adelaide metropolitan area and centred on the town of McLaren Vale about 38 kilometres (24 mi) south of the Adelaide city centre. It is internationally renowned for the wines it produces and included within the Great Wine Capitals of the World. The region was named after either David McLaren, the Colonial Manager of the South Australia Company or John McLaren (unrelated) who surveyed the area in 1839. Among the first settlers to the region in late 1839, were two English farmers from Devon, William Colton and Charles Thomas Hewett. William Colton established the Daringa Farm and Charles Thomas Hewett established Oxenberry Farm. Both men would be prominent in the early days of McLaren Vale. Although initially, the region's main economic activity was the growing of cereal crops, John Reynell and Thomas Hardy planted grapevines in 1838 and the present-day Seaview and Hardy wineries were in operation as early as 1850. Grapes were first planted in the region in 1838 and some vines more than 100 years old are still producing. Today there are more than 88 cellar doors in McLaren Vale. The majority are small family-run operations and boutique wineries.

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McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre
796 Main Road,

City of Onkaparinga
Ramsay Place,

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7 Warners Road,

Location Information 

  • Established (yr): 1997
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

Travel To  

Victor Harbor SA 5211 (48.4 km, 38 mins)
Yankalilla SA 5203 (40.5 km, 34 mins)
Acknowledgement of Country

McLaren Vale SA is located on the following Aboriginal Nation/s. acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.