McLaren Vale Wine Region

by admin on August 8, 2011

Although he was neither a winemaker nor an expert in gastronomy, John McLaren made an important and enduring mark on one of the leading Australian food and wine regions.

While following the orders of Colonel Wiliam Light, Government Surveyor, McLaren was responsible for mapping out the regions south of the Fleurieu Penninsula.

Thanks to him,  just 40 minutes south of Adelaide, the McLaren Vale District was born in 1839. And what’s now known as Reynella, was originally planted by John Reynell when he brought vine cuttings from the Cape of Good Hope back in 1938.

The district has risen among other regions as one of Australia’s most distinguished wine-producing areas especially noted for it’s luxuriously rich, red wines and is home to many prominent winegrowers such as Chester Osborn, Andrew Garrett and Geoff Merril.

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