The South Australian wine industry began with John Reynell establishing the McLaren Vale grape-growing district in 1838. McLaren Vale mainly yields Shiraz, although other dry red varieties are well produced, as well as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Reisling. After a short 35km drive from Adelaide you can be knocking on any of the over 65 cellar doors that are open for wine tasting. As you drive around these hills and valleys, stop and indulge yourself with the renowned wines and fresh produce available throughout this fascinating area.Beyond the notable food and wine culture of McLaren Vale, you can explore the Onkaparinga Gorge's remarkable rugged scenery and the diverse wetlands. The environment of this area provides excellent breeding habitats for plentiful fish and bird species and the locals are passionate and devoted to a sustainable environment and conservation. After over a century and a half of grazing and tree-felling, great effort has been made to re-vegetate the area and promote community enjoyment of the bushland with many walking trails.Within the city of Onkparinga is Port Noarlunga, a small coastal town on the Gulf of St Vincent with wide sandy beaches bordered by rich reef environments. Port Noarlunga is a great area for snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, swimming and relaxing. This town, along with many others, offers plenty of great places to stay within the McLaren Vale region.
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