A local guide on the best places to eat, drink, stay, relax and explore in McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula
To Perk Up – Dawn Patrol
Dawn Patrol have been keeping McLaren Vale winemakers in coffee ever since their beginnings in Kangarilla in 2014. And winemakers are amongst the pickiest coffee drinkers around, so they must be doing something right. After two years in Chandlers Hill, co-owners Nick Suggitt and Dom Ossa have moved Dawn Patrol back into the Vale – into an old tractor shed on the Main Road into Willunga. This funky new location offers coffee tastings and a concentrated lunch menu seven days a week.
— 402 Main Road, McLaren Vale
— Open 7 days, 8:00am – 4:00pm
To Eat – Noori
This little gem, tucked away from the main street is worth the journey to find. Think quirky wines, great cocktails and delicious picky tapas style food, as well as some pretty amazing toasties! Port Noarlunga can boast one of the most beautiful coastlines in Adelaide, so if you feel like a day out on the ocean, then this would be the ideal place to come after a long day at the seaside. Or if you want a nice romantic place to bring your next date, then this place will likely earn you some brownie points, especially if you share one of the many delicious cocktails on offer.
— 2/20 Gawler Street Port Noarlunga
— Wed–Friday 4pm–10:30pm
— Saturday 2pm–2am
— Sunday 2pm–8pm
To Shop – Kookery
If you love a good pun as much as the next homecook, then Kookery is your jam. Quirky writer, artist, food and wine lover Amy came up with the concept for Kookery by combining all her loves, and what a concept it is. This is no Williams & Sonoma, it’s way more fun – homemade, unique homewares that will make you giggle, and cement you as the best gift giver ever, are what keep you browsing every corner of this shop. Wine, Gin, Coffee, Tea, all the beverages are on show, as well as every kitchen utensil, gardening tool, and kitchenware splurge to satisfy even the pickiest shopper. So make time to check out Kookery’s ‘Fun Food Puns and Good Goods’ next time you’re in the area.
— 18c High street Willunga
To Do – Treeclimb Kuitpo
Only 10-15 minutes away from McLaren Vale is the natural wonderland of Kuitpo Forest. A popular destination for hikers, mountain bikers and horseriders, it now has one more attraction for the outdoorsy – Treeclimb. Suspended in the treetops, Treeclimb offers four different courses, including obstacles, ziplines and even a Tarzan swing. And it’s not just for the kids, this will challenge young and old. Or stay on the ground at the nature playground and café and watch from below.
— Cnr Black Nursery Rd & Brookman Rd, Kuitpo SA 5201
— Open 7 Days: 9:30 am – 4 pm
To Stay – The Vineyard Retreat, McLaren Vale
If you are looking for an excuse to extend your stay in our beautiful region, then the Vineyard Retreat is it!
And the best part is that it’s only 5-10mins down the road from us 😉 The Vineyard Retreat boasts six boutique accommodation options, from the uber modern Cadole pictured at top, to the homey cottages below, there’s an option to suit everyone. Each guest house is generously stocked with locally sourced provisions and a complimentary minibar. You even get your own private deck to enjoy the stunning views out to the surrounding vineyards.
There’s also a jacuzzi at the top of the property with a view straight out to the Gulf of St Vincent. And The Vineyard Retreat have plenty of other options you can add to your stay as well, including a personally guided helicopter tour of the region, coastal safaris along our pristine coastline and connections with experienced tour guides who will help you discover just how wonderful our part of the world truly is! So don’t hesitate, book that time off and come and see us…
— 165 Whitings Road, Blewitt Springs
Tasting Australia Porchetta Party – Sunday April 30th
The kind of lunch Sundays were made for – our Porchetta Party is all about good friends, great tunes, awesome wines and four delicious courses of amazing food, culminating in the slow roasted, crispy, Italian style Porchetta prepared by our chef Todd Steele.
WHEN Sunday, April 30th, 12-4pm
WHERE 246 Seaview Rd, McLaren Vale
Tasting Australia Market & Meander Dinner – Wednesday 3rd May
For Tasting Australia, Oliver’s Taranga are partnering with Hotel Indigo in central Adelaide, and their restaurant Market & Meander, led by Italian Chef Gabriele Pezzimenti. Located right next to the beating heart of Adelaide food culture at the Central Market, the dinner will make the most of fresh local ingredients and Oliver’s Taranga Wines.
WHEN Wednesday, May 3rd, 7:00pm-10:30pm
WHERE Hotel Indigo, 23-29 Market Street, Adelaide
Taranga Travels: Spain – Sunday May 28th
The team at Sprout are taking us on a tour of Spain, tasting our way around this classic culinary destination. Think overflowing shared platters of the Spanish classics, alongside our tastiest wines and some great tunes, making it the perfect Sunday lunch to share with friends and family!
WHEN Sunday, May 28th, 12-4pm
WHERE 246 Seaview Rd, McLaren Vale