Food & Wine McLaren Vale
We are spoilt with local dining options in the Mclaren Vale, and are always being asked 'where shall we eat?' So! After much research on our part we have compiled the 'Must Dine list for McLaren Vale and surrounds'...
Mclaren Vale Wine Region
McLaren Vale Wine region is located on the Fleurieu Peninsula, less than an hour by car from Adelaide (39 kms South), the capital city of South Australia. The area has a long history of wine production and is now one of the premium wine producing areas in Australia with exceptional eateries.
Our property at Producers is located halfway between the townships of McLaren Vale and Willunga, only 4kms from the pristine coastline and superb swimming beaches Port Willunga and Maslins Beach.
Dining out in McLaren Vale
Our Guests and us enjoy strolling through the vines and enjoying some fresh local produce overlooking the vineyard but there is a good selection of restaurants and café dining a 20 minute picturesque drive away.
When not enjoying the fresh food, wine and views at Producers of McLaren Vale, diners be satisfied by these suggestions...
For Dinner on a Friday or Saturday Night we recommend our neighbours Salopian Inn - just up the road. They offer classic country dining. Another personal favourite is Fino, five minutes' drive on the Main Road of Willunga, expect brilliant food by chef David Swain and an award winning international wine list. Russell's Pizza on High Street, Willunga, is a hit for the rustic, relaxing atmosphere and pizzas and is one that a booking is essential (they have very limited opening hours and you can only ring to book on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday after 12noon).
If you head further towards the coast (approx 20 minutes drive) there is a cool casual café of chef Kane Ellis' Saltbush Bistro at Aldinga Beach. Also very popular is The Victory Hotel at Sellicks Beach which has great food, views and a cellar worth exploring.
Ten minute drive from Producers is the Main Street of McLaren Vale there are casual dining options every night of the week. The Barn Bistro and Awganix are known for their regional dishes and it is generally fine to arrive without a booking, however it is always wise to book for The Barn for Friday nights. Note that opening hours can change at short notice due to seasonal variations and we recommend you check opening hours for Sunday and Monday nights.
Lunchtime options on weekends are extensive with many Wineries offering light meals and platters, such as the delicious Coriole Vineyards cheese and dips or Red Poles Art Gallery and Café, located just up the road. A short drive across the valley at McLaren Flat is the ever-popular Woodstock Winery Restaurant set in perfect big gum surrounds. Also in the area is the delightful Currant Shed at Hoffmann's Winery.
Some wineries have full restaurants open most weekdays - a regional icon is the brilliant d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant at d'Arenberg Winery. The d'Arenberg Winery offers stunning views and premium wine and dining by chefs Nigel Rich and Peter Reschke.
Just across the vineyard is the Award Winning Penny's Hill Restaurant, not forgetting The Star of Greece - famous for the fish and views clinging to a cliff at Port Willunga.
Some very good weekday lunch options include Market 190 and Blessed Cheese on the Main Road of McLaren Vale. Blessed Cheese also offers packs to take away and a 'cheese & wine tasting trail'.
Lost for choice? This isn't even the exhaustive list! .... there are more options, the McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre has more details and a full list available to send out - phone 1800 628 410 or email: email@example.com
By car from Adelaide you travel along South Road and enter McLaren Vale via the Adelaide to Victor Harbor Road. On weekends the Southern Expressway offers a convenient route.
- McLaren Vale
- Best known for its wineries and welcoming cellar doors, McLaren Vale also produces fruits and is an extensive almond growing region. Little wonder that it has an abundance of cafes and restaurants whose chefs happily showcase local produce.