1. Restaurant Vouchers
Going out for lunch or dinner is one of life’s little pleasures, and it’s even better when you’re not footing the bill! With a plethora of high-end restaurants, quaint eateries, cafes and wine bars with platters of local fare – there’s plenty of dining options to purchase a gift voucher and treat a lucky-someone to plated deliciousness.
2. Gift a weekend away
What’s better than a day trip to McLaren Vale? A whole weekend spent in the wine region! Gift a regional stay at one of our hospitable Bed & Breakfasts, self-contained units or fully- provisioned house with a hillside view and enjoy more of McLaren Vale
3. DIY Christmas hamper chocked full of local goodies
Grab a cane basket and start packing! There’s dried fruits, dips and crackers, olive oil, dukkah, roasted nuts, olives, pickled vegetables, handmade chocolates, coffee beans and decadent pastries begging to be bundled up and devoured. The region's cellar doors, cafe's and coffee haunts will sell a variety of these delicacies, in addition to your favourite bottle of wine or two!
4. Regional feasting from Willunga Farmers Market
Planning a Christmas Day feast sets the mouth-watering. Choosing local, in-season ingredients is a great way to support local farmers, growers and makers. Knowing you’re supporting local business this festive season makes each mouthful that much more delicious.
5. Post, tag and share your Christmas goodies on social media and share the love!
Every time someone likes, tags, and shares a product, there’s a small business owner doing a happy dance!
Social media promotion is a free and an effective way to show your support and if you absolutely love a product or service, never ever underestimate the power of a positive online testimonial.
6. Create and gift a one-day visit itinerary complete with booked tastings and e-bike hire
Think you know McLaren Vale inside out? Have a favourite cellar door that you consider a MUST-VISIT destination? Share it! A fun gifting idea could be a personal guide to McLaren Vale for a one day visit - and don’t forget transport! To get from A to B, you need E! e-biking is a fast and fun way to ride your way around the region.
7. Pair your Christmas Day feast with a selection of local wines, beer and spirits
The general thinking is whites for seafood and lighter flavoured foods and reds for bolder flavours like red meat – however we do things a little differently in McLaren Vale and if we can challenge the status quo – you can bet we will!
The region’s front of house superstars are brimming with wine knowledge and would love to chat about how to pair their wines with your Christmas Day lunches, dinners and parties!
8. Adorn your walls with local artworks or attend an exhibition to support local artists
There’s many artistically talented folk that reside in and around the region and if you’ve visited a cellar door or gallery you’ve likely marvelled at their works hanging in these spaces. Whether it’s photography, painting, jewellery or hand-made sculptures of clay or steel – take the talents of our locals home with you this Christmas.
Follow the arts trail through the region and wander and ponder ‘til your Christmas heart is content.
9. Sign up to a Wine Club and keep the gifting going all-year round
Christmas cheer doesn’t have to stop after December 25! Consider keeping that festive joy going with a yearly subscription to your favourite label. Whether it’s a quarterly or bi-annual delivery of your beloved best drop – nothing beats that delivery day!
10. Gift an experience
More than wine, experiencing McLaren Vale doesn’t limit you to our famous trilogy of reds. Gifting something different could be just as nice as that 98 point Halliday rating. Consider a helicopter or biplane ride, an educational cheese tutorial where you eat your wares or find your zen in a yoga class followed by a picnic bite to eat. There's even rock climbing in the Onkaparinga Gorge if gifting adventure is your thing.