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McLaren Vale

Located 45 minutes south of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, McLaren Vale is the birthplace of wine in South Australia. The McLaren Vale region is Mediterranean in climate, nestled between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the white, sandy beaches of the Gulf of St Vincent. Due to the climatic influence of the ocean and neighbouring ranges, McLaren Vale produces ultra-premium Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet, as well as Mediterranean varieties such as Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese. The region is one of the most geologically diverse regions in the world with more than 40 unique geologies present that vary in age from 15,000 years to over 550 million years. McLaren Vale is also the most environmentally conscious region in Australia with a higher percentage of producers farming organically, biodynamically or employing sustainable farming methods than any other Australian region.

  • Region

    7,412 hectares growing area19 appellations or sub-districts
  • Production

    9.2 million litres of wine exportedAU$75 million total worldwide sales (2016)
  • People

    125 wineries400 grape growers60 tourism operators20 associated wine industry businesses
  • Impact

    2,100 jobs created721,000 visitors per year
  • Primary Grape Varietals

    ShirazGrenacheCabernetFianoVermentinoTempranilloSangiovese

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