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McLaren Vale Winemakers Inc.

Address :
Main Road
(PO Box 169)
McLaren Vale  SA
Phone : 08 8323 8999 
Fax : 08 8323 9332 
Email : info@mclarenvalewinemakers.com
Web-site : www.mclarenvalewinemakers.com

The McLaren Vale Wine Region is located just to the South of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. The township of McLaren Vale, which gives its name to the region, is only 37 km from the centre of Adelaide and can be reached in approximately 45 minutes by car. It is rare to find a premium winemaking area so close to a major urban area. This proximity to the State capital makes the region an attractive destination for visitors.
The McLaren Vale Wine Region is bounded to the south by the Sellicks Hill Range, extends to the eastern side of Clarendon and includes the area around the Mount Bold Reserve, extends just to the north of Reynella (all but a few vineyards are south of the Onkaparinga River), and is bounded to the west by the waters of Gulf St Vincent.
McLaren Vale is also located close to the south coast with its wonderful beaches and crystal clear waters. In addition McLaren Vale stands at the gateway to the Fleurieu Peninsula with its wide variety of tourist attractions including, cottage industries, producers of gourmet foods, places to stay, steam train rides, sailing, boating, surf beaches, family friendly beaches, diving locations, fishing spots, whale and penguin viewing and places to eat.

The McLaren Vale Winemakers & Grapegrowers Association has a history that spans approximately 37 years from 1965 to 2002. Its antecedents can be traced from the 1870s, through the McLaren Vale Vinegrowers Association and the Southern Vales Cooperative Winery, to the McLaren Vale Winemakers Inc. of today.

The history of the present Association covers a period that has seen unprecedented growth in consumption of wine. During this time wine drinkers have developed greater appreciation for good wine, and their tastes have changed and changed again, causing marked swings in consumption patterns with associated surpluses and shortages of particular grape varieties and styles of wine. This process has seen an increase in demand for premium wines. Since 1965 there has also been a quantum improvement in wine production technology, ranging from the introduction of refrigeration to machine pruning and picking.

In this period McLaren Vale has gained recognition in Australia and globally as arguably the best premium grapegrowing region of Australia, especially for Shiraz. In the modern Australian wine industry the status of McLaren Vale grapes and wine has been reflected in the rise of McLaren Vale from its earlier position as an exporter of bulk wine and of grapes for blending and winemaking in other regions. Today the McLaren Vale wine industry is a major producer of premium wines in its own right, especially premium red varieties. The brand ‘McLaren Vale’ has achieved world recognition during this time and is continuing to win over wine drinkers around the world. This recognition is based on the quality of its wines, which are produced from high quality grapes grown by dedicated vignerons and processed by dedicated winemakers working in the small wineries that characterize the region.

The Association has changed from a purely voluntary organisation without a place to call home, holding meetings in the cellar at The Barn Restaurant, to a professional organisation with a full-time staff of two based in a purpose-built, multi-function centre. The Association started over a plate of sandwiches and a wine tasting – now it hosts events that bring wine lovers and the top wine writers from all over the world to McLaren Vale. In those thirty-five years one thing that has not changed – the desire and willingness of the winemakers and grapegrowers of the region to cooperate and share knowledge and to see McLaren Vale gain the recognition it deserves. This has been the driving force behind the development of the McLaren Vale ‘brand’.
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