McLaren Vale has long been known for wine, but it wasn’t always the way. For generations, almonds have been farmed in the region, in particular Willunga, and many of these almond orchards are still in existence today.
Much like grape vines, almond trees are dormant over the colder winter months. Blossom usually occurs from late July to early September and right now we are being treated to a stunning show throughout the region.
Willunga has several beautiful parks and playgrounds within walking distance from the centre of town, where almond trees bloom and families can enjoy a picnic lunch in the fresh air. Check out the Rose Garden on Aldinga Road, Bassett Street Reserve or the Old Court House Museum at the top of High Street.
Larger orchards can be viewed on Aldinga Road between Willunga and Main South Road, the aptly named Almond Grove Road and Strout Road.
While you are out and about, visit some of the nearby cellar doors including Shirvington Wines, Berg Herring and Big Easy Radio.
The blossom provides a welcome relief from winter and reminds us spring is just around the corner.