McLaren Vale Wine Region & the Fleurieu Peninsula

The Fleurieu Peninsula & McLaren Vale region;  a magnificent landscape where the coast meets the vines...

Visit seaside and historic villages, pristine beaches, a rugged coastline and taste the best food and wine which is internationally acclaimed. You can visit boutique cellar doors, meet winemakers in person and visit the growing craft brewing and distillery operators before you head out and taste extraordinary local produce in local restaurants, cafes and providores.

fleurieu peninsula

The Fleurieu Peninsula, and the McLaren Vale region in particular, is rich in history, with the first grape vines planted by John Reynell in 1838, two years after the proclamation of the colony of South Australia.

As early as 1850 the historic Hardy and Seaview wineries were in operation, and it is widely accepted that Thomas Hardy's purchase of the Tintara vineyard in 1853 marked the symbolic beginning of the town.

Interestingly enough, in the early 1800's when the region was being established, before the introduction of grape vines its main agricultural trade was in fact cereal crops...  So, it's perfectly alright here to have a glass of wine with your breakfast.  (But not compulsory,.)

For more about the region, I can do no better than direct you to here -  fleurieupeninsula.com.au  ...and here:- mclarenvale.info 

... and this time-lapse video of the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula 

...and, since we're going to Victor Harbor and other places on Encounter Bay during Alfesta, here:- wikipedia.org/wiki/Encounter_Bay