Travel Guide: McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale is my husband's hometown; and also happens to be one of the most renowned wine regions in the world. So, no big deal. I feel insanely lucky that his dad and step mum still call this area home, as it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world and visiting them gives us the perfect excuse to explore. I'm excited to share my favourite places to eat and drink in Mclaren Vale with you.


Blessed Cheese

Blessed Cheese is a great little spot to have breakfast. Not only does it do a lovely breakfast menu but it is also a general store, stocked to the brim with local artisan produce. Every time I set foot in there I want to buy everything.

Perfect for: Brunch + buying picnic supplies


Oscars is the perfect spot to have dinner in summer - most of the tables are partially or wholly outside which on a warm evening is just perfect. They have a decent selection of pizza, pasta and more conventional mains and always have a great selection of wines.

Perfect for: Friday date night dinner

McLAren Vale PUb

Mclaren Vale Hotel is the classic Australian pub - lots of beers on tap, a bistro with a salad bar and great steak. A stay in Mclaren Vale is not complete without dinner at the pub.

Perfect for: Saturday night dinner with the family


Bracegirdles has a very special place in my heart - when my husband and I lived in Adelaide, we would be frequent patrons of their Glenelg branch. We would buy a milkshake or hot chocolate (depending on the weather) and sit upstairs on the balcony to watch the world go by. 

Their Mclaren Vale branch is just as incredible. They do an awesome breakfast as well as lunch and occasionally dinner. They also have a fantastic range of hot and cold chocolates in milk, dark and white.

Perfect for: Breakfast or afternoon tea


There are endless wineries to visit, and all of them are a little different. You can find a full list on the Mclaren Vale Visitor's Centre website. Some favourites include:

Ekhidna Wines

This winery will always have a soft spot in my heart because they hosted our reception for our wedding. They do an excellent range of wines (their GSM and rose are two of my favourites), and they also brew their own beer!

Battle of Bosworth

What I love about Battle of Bosworth is the unique wines they produce - they were making pinot grigio long before it was in vogue. They also are brimming with enthusiasm for the whole process which is always fun.

Lazy Ballerina

If you're going to Lazy Ballerina, I recommend having one of their cheese platters in the garden. For a long time, they were a contender for our wedding based entirely on how gorgeous the gardens are. It's the perfect place to bring the kids because they can play while you relax in the shade and try some wines.

Gemtree Winery

Gemtree has a lot going for it. Firstly the view is incredible; you can see an example above of what I mean. Second, they do delicious cheese platters (also pictured above). And lastly they are a biodynamic winery, and they practice what they preach (and you can learn more about how on their website)

Maxwell Winery

Another winery with fantastic views and food is Maxwell Winery, but what they are known for is mead. Mead is made with honey and is thought to be the oldest form of alcohol produced by humans. If you've never had mead before I recommend you order one of their mead based cocktails when you visit their restaurant.

Maximus wines

Mike and I went to Maximus as a birthday present from my friends (because yes I have amazing friends). It's in a beautiful spot, and they are incredibly passionate about what they do. They also have a microbrewery where they make gin.

Further Reading

  • I share my perfect weekend in Mclaren Vale right here
  • And it's not actually 'reading' but if you're after some more inspiration I filmed a travel vlog on our recent trip home - check it out below!