Food Drink

Dine In The Depths Of This Enchanting Limestone Cave

Explore one of McLaren Vale’s best kept secrets, while enjoying an incredible 6-course dinner.

South Australia has a number of amazing, historic, underground tunnels and caves. From the depths of Penfolds at Magill Estate, to the tunnels used to safely cart gold in and out of the Treasury building in the city, many of these locations are now being used for incredible, memorable functions. One you may not be so familiar with however, is McLaren Vale’s best kept secret – Maxwell’s enchanting, 100 year old Limestone Cave.

What appears to be a simple hut at the base of a hill is in fact the entrance to 40 meters of a hand-carved limestone cave, dug almost a century ago in 1916.

After sitting empty with no real purpose for many years, the cave which was originally dug to cultivate mushrooms, has since been reclaimed by the Maxwell family – to both grow mushrooms on site to supply their incredible restaurant, and to host unique, intimate events.

Luckily for the foodies amongst us, one such event is coming up.

On Friday April 12th and Saturday April 13th, as part of Tasting Australia, you have the opportunity to be enthralled as an exquisite 6-course dinner is prepared before your eyes by one of the regions finest chefs.

Head Chef Fabian Lehmann and team will design a feast for the senses; six courses showcasing the best of South Australian produce, all paired with Maxwell’s premium wines by Mark Maxwell. Organic estate garden produce will be featured throughout the entire menu, including a showcase dish of mushrooms grown in the cave, metres from the dining table.

Photo: David Sievers

What’s even more fabulous about this, is that the chefs prepare the food in the cave and serve and introduce all the dishes themselves. 

While Maxwell Wines have done events like this in the past, they are few and far between. This is an extremely rare opportunity to experience what is ordinarily the most private of affairs.

Seats are extremely limited. Secure yours today.

WHERE: Maxwell Wines, McLaren Vale
WHEN: Friday April 12th, or Saturday April 13th, 7pm
COST: $257.14 pp
BOOK:Get tickets here.

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