your ideal McLaren Vale accommodation to explore the famous wine region and beyond: Find tips and recommendations on cellar doors, restaurants, beaches and National Parks in the McLaren Vale and on the Fleurieu Peninsula
The obvious reason for most visitors to the McLaren Vale wine region is the amazing food and wine we have to offer. Absolutely justifies a trip at any time – but there is more to the region that most visitors are oblivious to and that would easily justify a longer stay.
Whether it is our historic townships like Willunga, Clarendon and Port Noarlunga with its many historic trust buildings, cafés and restaurants, or the Onkaparinga River National Park that is offering activities for all levels of fitness. And then there is the more than 30 kilometres of spectacular coastline, with its magnificent cliffs, long unspoiled beaches, reefs for diving/snorkelling and all sorts of other water sport activities. Check out our Beaches page for a bit of inspiration.
McLaren Vale is also the gateway to the Fleurieu Peninsula and your stay at Karawatha Cottages could be your perfect base to explore the Peninsula.
Whatever you are up to, we have listed here a few options for you and have more info in your cottage – but please do check-in with your hosts Friederike and Georg, who will be more than happy to talk you through in more detail, considering current festivals and other events.
In the meantime, let's start with the obvious ... the wineries of McLaren Vale: with more than 80 cellar doors in McLaren Vale making a selection which one to visit my seem overwhelming - or it is easy to go back to the well-known names. And there is nothing wrong with that, but we always recommend to throw in a few wildcards and try something new. How about alternative varietals such as Langrein, Trempranillo or Sangiovese instead of Shiraz and Grenache? And who says that McLaren Vale can't do "Whites"? You should give some the McLaren Vale Fiano's, Verminoto's or Greco's a try. Read more in our selection of Wine Trails
Or choose from one of our bespoke Experiences that you can book in advance through us.
For our dining out recommendations, please see our Restaurant section.