The expertise of the food and wine producers of this region is evident. From fresh ingredients to value-added products, we have world-class food and wine to offer.
Seafood & aquaculture
Squid, saltwater fish, crayfish, yabbies and freshwater trout are local favourites. Fresh seafood is sought after for the family table and the many restaurants and cafes of the region.
Willunga, in particular, is famous for almonds of several varieties. Almonds are plentiful in the local markets and shops whether raw, roasted, spiced, sugared or coated with chocolate. Dukkah is a tasty mixture of almonds and spices which is also made with the almonds of the region. Almonds are a versatile ingredient and used in many dishes including cakes and biscuits.
Olives and olive oil
The region is blessed with many olive orchards where high quality olive oils and marinated olives are made. Kalamata and koroneiki olives are favourite varieties.
Beef, new season lamb, kid, venison and rabbit are locally raised and readily available in markets, shops and restaurants. The chefs of the region use a wide variety of these local meats in their dishes.
Markets and shops are well-stocked with the region’s dairy products. The dairy farmers and cheesemakers of the region are passionate about their produce and carefully craft each product. Milk, cheese, cream, yoghurt and quark are all made locally.
Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are grown across the region. Roadside stalls and ‘pick your own’ farms are popular. Locally sourced berries are used to make many of the jams, preserves and sweets available all over the Fleurieu.
Locally raised turkeys and chickens are renowned for their quality and freshness. They are readily available at markets and shops.
The wines of the region are respected locally and globally. The cellar doors offer wine tastings in picturesque settings, many of which are venues for functions, events and festivals. Many winemakers are known for their innovative approach and regularly win awards for their efforts.
The McLaren Vale Wine Region, located between picturesque hills, vineyards and heritage townships, is recognised globally as one of Australia’s premier wine producing areas.
There are over 70 cellar doors to visit, beginning on Adelaide’s doorstep at Old Reynella and clustering around McLaren Vale, McLaren Flat, Willunga and Aldinga. The historic ironstone buildings and rustic country settings have been merged with newer and contemporary wineries and cellar doors that have their own individuality and style, but together offer distinctive and genuine hospitality.