28, June 2023

McLaren Vale and vibrant red wines go hand in hand

so what better way to experience the stunning winter beauty of our region than cozied up with a glass of McLaren Vale shiraz, overlooking the vines, in the comfort of a fireside cellar door.

We've compiled some must-try fireside cellar doors that are waiting to be explored . . .

Maxwell Wines

Maxwell Fireside Cellar Door
Fireside Wine and Mead Tasting Flights at Maxwell Wines

Maxwell's architecturally designed cellar door offers a window into the belly of a working winery that you can enjoy from the comfort of your fireside seat.

Whether you prefer concentrated, robust and characterful wines or vibrant and approachable wines one of Maxwell's wine flights means you're certain to find a wine to suit your taste and mood.

Maxwell's offers a small range of curated cheese and charcuterie boards to accompany your wine or you can indulge yourself by adding matching canapés from Maxwell's acclaimed restaurant.

Maxwell's cellar door is open 7 days a week.
Explore and book your experience here:

Vigna Bottin Cellar Door & Osteria

Vigna Bottin Fireside Cellar Door
Fireside Italian Fare at Vigna Bottin Cellar Door and Osteria

Vigna Bottin is home to McLaren Vale wines with an Italian spirit and it's the perfect place to spend a long cosy afternoon in the McLaren Vale Wine Region.

The Bottin family have been growing grapes in McLaren Vale since 1970 and in Italy for generations before that. This Winter you're invited to take a seat beside the fire and soak in the welcoming atmosphere as you settle in ready to explore Vigna Bottin's minimal intervention wines via a seated wine flight.

For the true Italian experience book into their restaurant, Osteria, to enjoy their wines with the type of Italian fare that you'd expect to share at Nonna's Table.

Bookings are highly recommended

Ivybrook Farm

Ivybrook Farm
Gourmet Pizza Sundays at Ivybrook Farm

Set in a historic 1898 stone barn in the coastal township of Maslin Beach, Ivybrook Farm's Cellar Door is the epitome of rustic charm.

Family owned for five generations, Ivybrook Farm strive's to be self-sufficent and they practise bio-dynamic principles in the vineyard. Situated only 3km from the coast, their vineyard has varied soil types, aspects and elevations providing ideal growing conditions that suit their range of wines including the McLaren Vale staples of shiraz and grenache as well as their range of alternate varieties including Arinto, Mencia and Touriga.

The large wood burner that adorns the corner of their cellar door provides the perfect setting to relax with friends and family this winter, where you can enjoy Ivybrook Farm's seated Wine Tasting Experience alongside a 'create your own platter' full of local produce. Alternatively, enjoy pizza, wine and vineyard views at their Gourmet Pizza Sundays.

Wine tastings and create your own platters available all day Saturday and Sundays.
Gourmet Pizza Sundays - Sundays only, kitchen open 12-3pm. Gluten free and vegan options available.
Book your spot beside the fire at

Shottesbrooke Vineyards

Shottesbrooke Vineyards Fireside Cellar Door
Relax by the fire at Shottesbrooke Cellar Door

Nestled within picturesque vineyards in McLaren Flat, follow the brick lined path to Shottesbrooke Vineyards' quaint cellar door where you'll be greeted by the warmth of their wood burning fire.

Once inside you can get to know the Shottesbrooke story through a structured wine tasting, then choose your favourite and sink into the plush couch aside the fire for a relaxed afternoon of wine, warmth and friends.

A range of Shottesbrooke experiences are available 6 days a week.
For more information and to book visit

Woodstock and The Coterie at Woodstock

Woodstock Fireside Restaurant The Coterie at Woodstock
The Coterie at Woodstock

The Coterie at Woodstock is a place for friends and family to gather and enjoy the good things in life - great wine, delicious food and excellent company in the warmth of their large open fire.

Embark on a pre-lunch wine tasting in Woodstock's 'The Stocks' Tasting Room, then head through to The Coterie restaurant to savour a menu of seasonal homegrown produce beside the fire.

The Coterie at Woodstock is open Wednesday–Sunday for lunch.
The Stocks Tasting Room is open for wine sales and tastings 7 days a week.
More information at

Hastwell & Lightfoot

Hastwell & Lightfoot Wine Tasting & Grazing Platter by the Fire
Wine Tasting & Grazing Platter by the fire at Hastwell & Lightfoot

Spend a Winter's afternoon in to the comfort of the chesterfield couches that surround Hastwell and Lightfoot's roaring fireplace.

This award winning family-owned and operated cellar door is the perfect spot to enjoy their Grazing Platter and Wine Tasting Experience by the fire. Savour a generous grazing platter for two as you taste through carefully selected wines in this 1.5 hour guided wine tasting.

Hastwell & Lightfoot is open Friday–Monday
301 Foggo Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171

Secure your spot by the fire at

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