The McLaren Vale wine region is a picturesque destination that offers both exquisite wines and breathtaking picnic spots.
Nestled amidst rolling hills and vineyards, many of the cellar doors in the region offer lush green lawns and shaded picnic areas, allowing you to relax and soak in the natural beauty while savouring your favourite wine.
Spread out a picnic blanket, indulge in a delicious 'build your own' local produce platter or bring your own picnic, and soak in the views as you sip on a glass of McLaren Vale's renowned wine at these stunning locations:
Berg Herring Wines
Berg Herring produces small batch, premium, McLaren Vale wines, with a focus on emerging varieties.
Their boutique cellar door is in a converted heritage sandstone chapel (built in 1862), situated in Sellicks Beach. Located between the historical Victory Hotel and the picturesque coast of Sellicks Beach, they are just a stone’s throw away from both.
Berg Herring offers a relaxed family-friendly environment in which to enjoy a tasting in their chapel cellar door, then stay for a wine on their lush lawn overlooking the stunning views of the hills and ocean. Bring your own picnic and stay for longer!
Lot 21 Sellicks Beach Rd, Sellicks Beach SA
DogRidge Cellar Door is tucked away and nestled by the local creek in McLaren Flat, providing a relaxed and intimate winery experience. Join the DogRidge team at their large kitchen table as they entertain and inform while guiding you through their range of wines. Wander through the Gallery that adjoins the tasting room to ponder the works of resident artist Jen Wright, featuring drawings and paintings on canvas of bird life and nature. Take a picnic and sit under the eucalyptus trees beside the creek while enjoying the beautiful, natural surroundings and a bottle of DogRidge wine.
- Tables and chairs outside under the gum trees ready for BYO picnics with friends and family. You can also order a delicious cheese board, featuring triple cream brie, swiss and cheddar cheese, local olives & chutney, dried fruit, nuts, crackers and seasonal fresh fruit.
- Cheese platters are available daily
- Family and dog friendly, go for a taste and stay for the afternoon.
129 Bagshaws Road, McLaren Flat, South Australia 5171
The Dowie Doole Tasting Pod offers an immersive cellar door experience. Set in their custom shipping container-cellar door which has been grounded amidst their Doole Vineyard, you can embark on a choice of guided wine flights or self-guided wines flights. You'll taste wines from their two unique terroirs; the Dowie Vineyard on the sandy slopes of Blewitt Springs, and the Doole Vineyard on the ancient rocks of Tatachilla.
Build your own regional platter from their range of local produce, then stay for longer to soak in the views.
695 California Road, McLaren Vale South Australia 5171
Ortus Wines, meaning new beginnings, is the dream come to fruition over the span of 15 years for mother daughter duo, Julie and Paige Cooper.
Once a simple besser block machinery store, the building has been cleverly transformed into a warehouse style space with black-steel framed windows, bespoke crafted entry doors, polished concrete floors and Art Deco inspired light pendants – all oozing cool NY loft vibes. Outside, there are large open grass areas, and shady spots under the 100 year old gums to roll out a rug and savour their handcrafted range of wines.
- Bring your own picnic food or enjoy delicious meat and cheese platters prepared by Ortus
- BYO picnic rug or use and/or purchase the blankets provided
- Large grassed area under the dabbled shade of gum trees
- Dog friendly
205 Main Rd, Willunga SA 5172
With one of the best views in McLaren Vale, Kay Brothers is a must on your visit to the region. Enjoy a tasting flight, or just a glass of wine with a local platter of food, and take in a piece of McLaren Vale history.
The oldest winery in McLaren Vale still in founding family hands, Kay Brothers are most famous for their Block 6 Shiraz. Kay Brothers also have a Petit Blanc, Rosé, Grenache, Nero d'Avola, Merlot, Mataro, Shiraz and Cabernet, alongside some pretty amazing Fortifieds. All the wines are sourced from the estate vineyard, and made in the original heritage stone cellars and basket press.
Kay Brothers' has:
- Local produce is available daily to create your own cheese and charcuterie platter.
- Kids play area, large lawn and individual decked areas.
57 Kays Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171
Boutique tasting room Somos, meaning "We Are" in Spanish, focuses on small batch climate appropriate varieties from McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills.
Somos' wines are experimental and boundary pushing, their wines represent what they’re most passionate about, expressed through a kaleidoscope of emerging varieties, styles and intriguing flavours. We work primarily with lesser-known —climate-appropriate— Italian and Spanish varieties, and make them in entirely unconventional ways, with a lo-fi and sustainable ethos.
Their relaxed cellar door is set in a renovated 1920s homestead surrounded by manicured lawns – the perfect spot stay for a few hours, delve into their wine story and enjoy a take-away pizza, from nearby Pizzatecca, or your own picnic.
333 Foggo Rd, McLaren Flat SA 5171