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Harry’s Deli Brings McLaren Vale The Food & Wine Destination We Needed

Yet another amazing reason why we’re loving Wirra Wirra and are planning our next trip to McLaren Vale.

Wirra Wirra has recently undergone a huge site transformation including a new delicatessen, behind-the-scenes tours, masterclasses and upgrades to their cellar door. Naturally, we couldn’t shy away from checking out their new food offering at Harry’s Deli, a relaxed providore-style café boasting a menu full of South Australian regional produce.

Although McLaren Vale and other wine regions are littered with exquisite fine dining experiences and boutique cafes, Wirra Wirra noticed a gap in the market for those wanting a food offering somewhere in between. They felt there was a need for a café serving a little more than fabulous cheese platters but something that wasn’t going to kill the wallet either.

Harry’s Deli takes its name from a much-loved and colourful McLaren Vale character Harry Kilaitis, who was a gifted carpenter and spent many of his days working out of Sparrow’s Lodge at Wirra Wirra. He made his way to Australia quite by chance, having planned to leave his war-torn home in Lithuania with a bunch of mates to join the Royal Canadian Mounties. Unfortunately for Harry – but in a turn of luck for McLaren Vale – the boys spent their last night at home celebrating their good fortune with a little too much gusto, only to sleep in and miss the boat the following day. The next ship to sail was heading to Australia and so Harry’s journey began…

The Harry’s Deli menu focuses on seasonal local produce and offers things like toasted paninis (matched with wine, of course), salads, their famous Son of Trott Pie and an epic selection of platters. One of our favourite dishes is the Smoked Ellis Pastrami panini with swiss cheese, fermented vegetables, Lacewood sauerkraut, baby spinach and mustard dill mayo. It’s their take on a Reuben and goes bloody well with the 2015 Esperanza Tempranillo. We’re now also slowly drifting from summer into autumn, so you can also expect to see a new menu change in early-March. As we mentioned earlier, Harry’s Deli isn’t hugely expensive – people can have a whole afternoon here without paying through the roof. Which is particularly great news for families visiting!

There’s indoor and outdoor seating available, as well as lush lawns that are perfect for sprawling out with a picnic. Bring your own supplies or grab a few cheeses and freshly sliced meats from Harry’s. You can also dine out on the Scrubby Rise Jetty for a more intimate dining experience, which (side note) is funnily enough loaded with irony. It’s flat planes with no scrub – go figure.

Harry’s Deli Opening Hours
10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sundays.


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