The Best things to do in McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula
Summer 2016/2017A local guide of the best places to eat, drink, stay, relax and explore in McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The Mitolo family are rocking their new authentic Italian Pizzeria with all the authentic Italian sides you can imagine. Their sugo is made with tomatoes from Virginia, while toppings include fresh fior di latte and pork salsicce (sausage) made by their dad, Vito. Vito is also the master of the arrosticini — thin lamb skewers from Italy’s Abbruzzo. They have a lot of help from the family — aunties, nonnas, cousins, they all help out. All of the antipasto dishes like the paparule, zucchini fritti, melanzane are made onsite.
Pizzateca has taken over a double storey tin shed. Blue and red paint has given way to three coats of crisp white, while timber tables and a pastel green and pink colour theme keep the atmosphere bright and coastal. In keeping with the family theme, old black and white photographs of Tony’s grandparents grace the walls downstairs.
Being in the heart of McLaren Vale their wine list has only the best wines, including V. Mitolo & Son. Gluten free options are available with all bases made from scratch while Nonna makes the Tiramisu. Be sure to book to avoid disappointment.
The McLaren Vale Distillery
Stand aside – wine, craft beer and cider are not the only beverages on offer in McLaren Vale anymore. The McLaren Vale Distillery now offers boutique whiskey.
The distillery offers a limited number of enthusiasts the rare opportunity to mix canny business with undeniable pleasure as the exclusive ‘owner’ of a 100-litre barrel of their maturing single-malt whisky. Oliver’s Taranga have just adopted out a couple of our old port barrels where they will have a sabbatical at the distillery aging a custom whiskey.
Not ready to be committed parents to a whole barrel? Perhaps just pay a visit to taste their current releases and maybe purchase a precious bottle for your collection.
Sally Badnall of Sweet Shute is a breath of fresh air and a star in her field – she makes beautiful short videos, takes some dreamboat photographs and is a styling queen. She uses her talents to create digital stories for small business, and also to run workshops
teaching you how to become a sweet shooter yourself.
Sally is yet to officially release her workshops, but when she does we highly recommend them! Keep an eye out for updates on social media…
Archery Park is devoted to all forms of archery as a recreation and pastime for the whole family. Gone are fibreglass bows and arrows and boring targets.
Now the latest compound bows and carbon arrows make instruction and use simple. After a short familiarisation, you will safely and accurately negotiate over one of three-field courses. You will wander through 44 acres of natural bush, following established tracks. Over 90 targets await you, varying in size from wild buffalo to fox or rabbit. Your own skill will decide the distance you are required to shoot.
It’s easy. All ages from five to 80 can have a go. They cater for the beginner through to the advanced archer. As a bonus you will enjoy views over the gulf and McLaren Vale, more than 200 species of native flora, an abundance of wildlife including the elusive koala.
To Perk Up
The Golden Fleece
Who doesn’t want to sip coffee or enjoy a hearty breakfast or lunch when the Golden Fleece’s only rules are ‘take a load off, wear what you like, enjoy yourself and feel the love’.
Situated on the sunny side of Willunga High Street, with plenty of outside dining in the fine weather – you can stroll in on foot, cycle in or ride your horse. Kids and families alike are welcome… and the coffee is great! Everybody is happy.
Bethany Chapel BnB
Enjoy the old world charm of Bethany Chapel Bed and Breakfast. A lovingly restored, heritage-listed Church built in 1854, this property is set on 1.5 acres and nestled amongst vineyards in the picturesque wine-producing region of McLaren Vale.
With fantastic restaurants, cafes and wineries at your doorstep, it’s only ten minutes from some of South Australia’s most spectacular beaches too.
Ask a Local
Cellar door extraordinaire for three wineries
Favourite hiding spot?
Button Road – Sellicks Beach
Favourite place to eat?
The Currant Shed – McLaren Flat