Gather at Coriole
Mark Lloyd of Coriole Wines is a true pioneer of McLaren Vale, leading the way in Australia of trialling alternative, climate suitable grape varieties; partnering with Tom Tilbury and his philosophy around local, seasonal and sustainable produce to operate the onsite restaurant was a logical step and in our view, clearly is a perfect match.
Daily | 12.00pm or 2.30pm
$75 (5 course tasting menu) | $90 (7 course tasting menu)
(08) 8323 8305 or online through OpenTable
Coriole is another favourite of ours and one of the top recommendations for our guests at Karawatha Cottages -- even if just for some of the best views in McLaren Vale - but who would do that and miss out on the great wines and food on offer?
Their onsite restaurant, Gather at Coriole, gives yet another excuse to visit.
Start off by calling into the cellar door to taste their wines; make sure to not just try the McLaren Vale staples of Shiraz and Grenache but also go on an educational journey and taste the alternative varieties from Piquepoul to Nero (and many more in between). Staff are super friendly and keen to share their knowledge.
Once you have picked your favourite, go next door to a friendly welcome at Gather. Nice and warm atmosphere with the combustion heater roaring on the cold winter's day we visited. We were lucky enough to get a front row table, being able to enjoy those amazing views whilst waiting for some unusual food.
Gather's food is focused on what's in season at the moment and what is available locally. Think pine mushroom, pig face (the plant!), etc - with Spencer Gulf squid, beef cheeks -- everything we tried was absolutely delicious (ok - the pig face was a bit 'green' tasting).
The unusual ingredients continued with desert: over-ripe brie ice cream sounds odd but it actually was one of our favourites!
Talking cheeses ... here is another reason to visit; Coriole has recently opened up the Coriole Farm Shop, with Kris Lloyd Woodside cheese, Coriole Olives and more on sale. You can purchase those, together with a glass or bottle of Coriole wines and enjoy them as picnic on the lawns, in the estate gardens to the Arbour Bar (open weekends only - no booking required).
At Karawatha Cottages you can choose from three luxurious cottages - each individually furnished and fully equipped - ideal for a short-break or weekend getaway in McLaren Vale - or a longer stay to explore all the food & wine, our beaches and the Fleurieu Peninsula
Already decided on your favourite cottage?
There is no better place to book your McLaren Vale accommodation than direct with us - better rates, later check-out, a complimentary set of wine pourer and the opportunity to organise extras (from cheese platters and bubbles to bespoke experiences) already today.