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Tasting your way through McLaren Vale: A guide to free and paid winery experiences

Because when the weekend rolls around, there’s nothing quite like a scenic drive to McLaren Vale to sample some of SA’s finest wines.

Image: Coriole Vineyards

When the weekend rolls around in Adelaide, there’s nothing quite like a scenic drive to McLaren Vale to sample some of South Australia’s finest wines. Post-COVID, our state’s wineries have done a heap to create an experience like no other for locals and visitors to South Australia who are keen to sample some of our finest vino.

From revamping cellar doors and hosting interactive events to investing in their teams and overall offerings, there’s a reason why our local wineries are known to be some of the best in the country—and we should all be heading down there to enjoy and stock up our home wine stash to support these small businesses as often as we can!

With many excellent choices to hit up on your journey down South, it can be daunting to know where to begin on your adventure, so we’ve put together a list of must-visit spots to help you get started, offering free and low-cost tasting experiences. Spend an hour or an afternoon at some of these on our list, and learn the back story of the winery and the exquisite drops you’re tasting.

Whether you kick back with a glass or two and a cheese platter or take home a few bottles to add to your own collection, it’s all about celebrating and experiencing the beauty of the region and supporting our state’s wineries post-pandemic.


Battle of Bosworth & Spring Seed
92 Gaffney Road, Willunga

Graham Stevens
72 Ingoldby Rd, McLaren Flat

Hither & Yon
17 High St, Willunga

Sew & Sew Wines
97 Pennys Hill Rd, The Range

Nick Hasselgrove Wines (Saturday)
13 Blewitt Springs Rd, McLaren Flat

Penny Red Beer Co
97 Pennys Hill Rd, The Range

Samuels Gorge
193, Lot 10 Chaffeys Rd, McLaren Vale


45 Rivers Lane, McLaren Vale

21 Scarpantoni Dr, McLaren Flat

Can try wines individually at a cost per taste
3 Stump Hill Rd, McLaren Vale

Zerella Wines
182 Olivers Rd, McLaren Vale

White Feather Red
253 Binney Rd, McLaren Vale

Berg Herring
Lot 21 Sellicks Beach Rd, Sellicks Beach

101 Bagshaws Rd, McLaren Flat

Paxton Wines
$10 tasting flight
68 Wheaton Rd, McLaren Vale

Bec Hardy Wines
$10 tasting
327 Hunt Rd, Mclaren Vale

Serafino Wines
Tastings from $10
39 Kangarilla Rd, McLaren Vale.

Shottesbrooke Wines


$15 tastings, redeemable
79 Chaffeys Road, McLaren Vale

Mitolo Wines
6 wine tastings starting at $25pp
141 McMurtrie Rd, McLaren Vale

Chalk Hill
$20 tastings
56 Field St, McLaren Vale

Mollydooker Wines
Tastings from $20pp
23 Coppermine Rd, McLaren Vale

Varney Wines
Tastings from $15pp
62 Victor Harbor Rd, Old Noarlunga

Golding Wine
Tastings from $15pp
52 Western Branch Rd, Lobethal

Hugh Hamilton Wines
Tastings from $20pp
94 McMurtie Rd, McLaren Vale

$20 entry with $5 redeemable on two bottles or more
Osborn Rd, McLaren Vale

Beresford Estate
Tastings from $20 with $10 redeemable
252 Blewitt Springs Road, McLaren Flat

Angove Family Winemakers
Tastings from $25pp
117 Chalk Hill Road, McLaren Vale

Have a tasting to add to the guide? Send us an email via [email protected]

For further info, check out the McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre.

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