McLaren Vale Wine Region By James Halliday

Discover the wineries of the McLaren Vale wine region of South Australia. Use our McLaren Vale region guide and map to help you plan your next winery visit and to learn more about this region. This content is taken from James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia, which is available to buy in the Wine Companion bookshop.

Fast Facts

  • Latitude:
    34°14’S
  • Altitude:
    50–200 m
  • Heat degree days:
    1910
  • Growing season rainfall:
    180 mm
  • Mean January temp:
    21.7°C
  • Harvest:
    Mid February to late April
  • Chief viticultural hazard:
    Drought

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Discover McLaren Vale with James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia

Unlike the Silesian background of the Barossa and Clare Valleys, the development of the Southern Vales – from Reynella to McLaren Vale to Langhorne Creek – was almost exclusively due to the efforts of Englishmen. More precisely, to the efforts of three men: John Reynell, Thomas Hardy and Dr A. C. Kelly, with a lesser contribution from George Manning at Hope Farm and Frank Potts at Langhorne Creek.

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