Where is McLaren Vale?
This region is one of the oldest in South Australia and one of the most picturesque. This beautiful region occupies the north-west of the Fleurieu Peninsula and is around 35 kilometres south of Adelaide.
McLaren Vale is bordered by the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of St Vincent and the Mount Lofty Ranges. It's a very important wine producing region and one that is highly regarded throughout Australia and the world.
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The cooling effect from the surrounding ocean creates a significant meso-climate diversity. Due to the location of the vineyards and the ocean influences, this can affect the successes of the varieties planted.
Overall the climate is Mediterranean, usually dry warm summers and mild winters.
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McLaren Vale is at an altitude of 73.8 m above sea level.
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Many grape varieties can successfully be grown in McLaren Vale with some of the best coming from very old vines.
Shiraz would be the leader and has a list of awarding winning wines. Cabernet Sauvignon also a very prominent grape variety along with Grenache and Mourvèdre which make up the GSM blend.
The dominant white grape varieties are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Other varieties grown here are Merlot, Zindafel, and Viognier and Mediterranean varieties such as Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese are also very well suited to the climate of McLaren Vale.
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