Stories

If the walls could talk: cellar doors with stories

With a winemaking history spanning generations, McLaren Vale is home to an eclectic mix of weird and wonderful cellar doors with rich histories, beautiful architecture and yester-year stories that stretch over a century!

Alternate realities
The d'Arenberg Cube (pictured) has often been compared to an Alice in Wonderland-esque experience, with VR, sensory activities and eclectic artwork taking visitors to another-worldly dimension. A temporary home to the Salvador Dali surrealist exhibition and sale featuring 25 authentic Salvador Dali bronze sculptures and graphic artworks art exhibition - this wacky cellar door has to be seen to be believed. Kangarilla Road Winery in McLaren Flat could also be considered cool and quirky - their new mural at cellar door is catching the eyes of Instagrammers across SA!

Holy wine
McLaren Vale is also home to a number of cellar doors that have taken up residence in refurbished churches. Samson Tall, Berg Herring, Chapel Hill and Sabella Wines (to name just a few) welcome guests to their establishments without the need to confess their sins! An additional point of interest are the historic cemetries located on some of these properties.

Old is new again!
Reviving historical buildings and maintaining a sense of history is a labour of love for many of McLaren Vale's multi-generational businesses that have inherited barns, farms and homesteads that have passed the test of time. Visit Oliver's Taranga, Coriole, Kay Brothers and Hardy's Tintara for old-world charm and seriously-interesting family histories that span multiple generations, the turn of a century and incredible advances in viticulture and production!

The McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association acknowledges the Kaurna people as the Traditional Owners of the Country where the McLaren Vale Region is situated today, and pays its respect to Elders past and present.