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McLaren Vale

Just 33 kilometres from the Adelaide CBD, McLaren Vale is hands down one of my favourite wine regions to visit. It’s a heady mix of proximity to the ocean, fantastic produce and food, and some of the finest wines in the land. They do a lot of things well down here.

D’Arenberg

Star Cellar Door & Best Food

(08) 8329 4888
darenberg.com.au

The folks at d’Arenberg have put together one of Australia’s finest destination cellar doors, and for that they must be applauded.

The d’Arenberg Cube is a wondrous thing: a head-spinning, five-story marvel that includes all manner of immersive experiences to teach you about wine and have fun in the process. It is arty, quirky and wacky, and there is nothing like it at any other winery in Australia.

The tasting room on the top level of the Cube is where you want to head to get stuck into the impressive portfolio, while if food is your thing, d’Arenberg offers a few options, from casual to something a bit more upmarket yet effortlessly cool. Meanwhile, the d’Arenberg Cube Restaurant offers a degustation menu that will blow your mind. It’s like a wonderland. DAVID BROOKES

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2016 d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz, A$75

SC Pannell
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR

(08) 8323 8000
pannell.com.au

Inkwell Wines
Best Small Cellar Door
& Best Accommodation

0468 883 776
inkwellwines.com

Samuel’s Gorge
Best Tasting Experience

(08) 8323 8651
gorge.com.au

Wirra Wirra
Best Additional Cellar Door Experience (TOURS)

(08) 8323 8414
wirrawirra.com