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Explore The Depths Of This Enchanting Limestone Cave

Explore one of McLaren Vale’s best kept secrets.

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.

They also offer tours of the lime cave, which offer a sneak peek behind the rarely seen location.

Hosted by a Maxwell cellar door tour guide, you’ll learn about the history of the of the dave, dating back to 1916.

You’ll also taste Maxwell’s new release 2019 Lime Cave Cabernet Sauvignon, grown above the cave.

You’ll also taste and compare an exclusive museum release wine not available in the Cellar Door.

The lime cave tours are available for 2-12 guests, and run for around 30 minutes, at a cost of $20 per person.

One of the rare cave dinners. Photo: David Sievers

Occasionally (think Tasting Australia), Maxwell Wines also offer exclusive dining events in the cave, however they are few and far between. Currently there’s nothing on the horizon planned for this type of experience, so we’d recommend booking at their fantastic fine dining restaurant at the cellar door, where Head Chef Fabian Lehmann creates incredible culinary masterpieces to enjoy. With a stellar career forged in the Michelin-starred restaurants of Europe, his exquisite multi-course tasting menu is a truly memorable dining experience.

Olivers Rd McLaren Vale
South Australia 5171
Phone: +61 8 8323 8200
[email protected]

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