Adelaide to Adelaide Hills via McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale is only 45 minutes from Adelaide and your first must-see is d’Arenberg winery. The winery has been run by four generations of Osborns and it is one of the region’s highlights. Their Blending Bench lets you play winemaker for a day, and you get to take home what you make.
Not far from here is the McMurtrie Mile experience, which leads you to six highlights all on the one road – Wirra Wirra, Hugh Hamilton, Primo Estate, Sabella Vineyards, Red Poles and McLaren Vale Beer Company.
So you’ve tried some wine, now what? Cheese. Blessed Cheese on the main street of McLaren Vale is part cheese shop, part café, and completely delicious. They also do a great picnic hamper to take away.
If you’re in McLaren Vale on Saturday morning (8am to 12:30pm) the Willunga Farmers Market is held in Willunga Town Square. This was the first farmers market in South Australia and it's still one of the best.
Two top options for lunch are Elbow Room, with great views and local food served fresh for lunch seven days and dinner on Friday and Saturday, and Fino, famous for its provincial food that is perfect for sharing with friends. You can't go wrong at either.
Leave McLaren Vale and head to the Adelaide Hills, best known for its bed and breakfasts, cosy cottages and contemporary hotels like Mount Lofty House and The Stirling Hotel.