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With a five star rating with Trip Advisor placing us in the Top 3 wineries to visit in McLaren Vale, I thought I would offer some of our own recommendations of fabulous things to do whilst visiting McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula!
One of the attractions of discovering a new place is the little encounters and suprises that are unexpected and fill your heart and create memories. Below I have listed just a few people or places to look out for which might not be in the tourist guides…………..
Well, to start the morning off I ALWAYS think coffee. The transition to crazy school drop offs and a dash for the office (as picturesque as it is) would not happen without my coffee. Home Grain Bakery – Aldinga are leading the way. Owned and run by a dynamic duo, it is refreshing to see their wholesome philosophy and attention to good service filter down to their staff. The coffee is sourced from a local roaster Villere artisan coffee roasters and the peeps on the machine really know what they are doing. The bakery offerings are also fantastic with many ingredients sourced from local farmers, growers and milk companies. To make you feel even more warm and fuzzy these guys support OZHarvest Food rescue one of the amazing charities collecting left over products and delivering them to those in need. In conclusion (although there is much more that I can say) they are about to open their second Home Grain Bakery in McLaren Flat–really soon! **ED UPDATE Feb 2014: It is now open!!**
With coffee in the belly, you will be able to think wine. There are many McLaren Vale wineries that I love and support but if you want to meet a fantastic ambassador to us all- it would be Gill-Gordon Smith from Fall From Grace. She has a new front of house in the High St of Willunga. Ok a quick rave:- she stocks wine from awesome local little producers, the best beer from all over the world, bubbles until you can’t say bubbles anymore—french knife sets (had to throw that one in!) and much much more. Friday afternoons/nights rock with wines by the glass and most Sundays she has the real makers in the know selling their wares. Definitely worth a visit!
Next – if you haven’t found a fishing boat to hijack or a long board to ride the waves-at least go for a dip. The Fleurieu Peninsula has the most amazing coastline in the world. If you choose to bob around in the waves in Moana, take your sandy feet across the road to the Deep Blue Cafe. It is a real ‘come as you are’ welcome with fantastic meals. My recommendation is the Salt and Pepper squid….or for a treat the Deep Blue Special wood fired pizza.
Make sure you always check out the Oliver’s Taranga events page for happenings at the winery – Our Porchetta Party is held once a quarter and we have our Pizza Parties on every Sunday of February and August in 2014.
Whenever you are planning your itinerary or day out–check out some of the ‘sometimes’ experiences. One of my favourites is Cinemallunga which is a fantastic cinema experience run by the Black Cockatoo Arthouse. This initiative also raises money for causes with Cinema Paridiso screening on Saturday 30th November to raise money for the fire fund. Additionally, they have live music, snacks and other ‘arty type’ displays making it a great night out.
If music is more your jam, check out the Singing Gallery in the Main St of McLaren Vale. They present bands and individuals, offering a diverse range from acoustic, world, country, classic and so on. It is always a lovely atmosphere with the sound permeating through this beautiful old Congregational church.
I could keep going on, but next time you come down add some of these fun things to your day and remember to come and see us at the Oliver’s Taranga cellar door. When you look outside the box, there is so much to do in our beautiful part of the world and we want you to experience it too!
Cheers Nicky and the OT crew