What's new, McLaren Vale & surrounds, SA

August 9, 2020 / By Jacqueline Alanne

Down the Rabbit Hole Down the Rabbit Hole

It can be challenging to stay positive in what has already been a season of devastation, so it's important to head out of the city and forget about your worries for a hot minute! Luckily, there are some great new places to get excited about popping up in McLaren Vale, Willunga and Aldinga. My tip - book an overnight stay if you can, so you can walk home afterwards!

Ortus Wines Willunga Cellar Door 
Opening to the public for the first time on the Australia Day long weekend, and part of Wine Tour Down Under in Willunga, this is one you won’t want to miss. By no means a quaint site, it will provide a sneak-peek Stage 1 of the newest McLaren Vale cellar door to open.

Pouring out of the Ortus caravan, there will be wines on offer from Ortus Wines, Poppy the Frenchie, XO Wine Co., ShowBlock Wines, and Dewey Station Wines, as well as a front row position for the Tour Down Under as it rips through this quaint town.

Bring your picnic rug, and enjoy Adelaide acoustic duo Nostalgia, games and a wine glass on arrival for what will be a great Aussie celebration. This will be the first of many beautiful days at Ortus and it's doggo and kiddo friendly!
When: Sunday 26 January, 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Ortus Wines Caravan Ortus Wines Caravan

Big Easy Radio
The young free minds. For the pagans of the good-timez the higher the vibration the easier the flow. Release into what feels good. Its easy to taste – hard to hate. 

What an ethos! These guys are the sanest kind of mad – or the maddest kind of sane. Epitomising a rancho relaxo coastal mentality, Big Easy Radio only opened late in 2019. Offering a wine kiosk and garden oasis, the site lives for the weekend, opening up on Friday, getting the live music pumping in the shed by the evening, and offering a range of food options.

For a fun time in the shed and a taste of their exciting and differently packaged grape juices, visit the team at Aldinga Beach, where time moves slowly and the sun rules all.
When: Friday 10.00 am – 9.00 pm, 
Saturday 10.00 am – 6.00 pm, 
Sunday 11.00 am – 5.00 pm

Down the Rabbit Hole
It’s as though the husband and wife team behind the wine label sat down one day and brainstormed an idyllic summer picnic setup – but then they made it come true. Starting with a much-loved Kombi van and extending to the purchase of a double-decker bus, the unique cellar door at Down the Rabbit Hole wines is less a cellar door, and more a picnicking, lounging wonderland that brings to mind the slogan ‘From where you’d rather be’.

Pouring their own range of wines, and creating wonderful organic, seasonal and local platters unrivalled in the region for originality, this place doesn’t have a bad angle. Bring your nearest and dearest, and settle in for an afternoon of relaxation under the pines. Walk ins and small groups only!

When: Monday - Thursday, 11.00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 11.00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11.00 am - 6:30 pm

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Little Wolf
Although not technically new, Little Wolf at Mitolo Wines opened late last year with a new chef, new menu and a fresh new look. Serving up contemporary Italian fare from an architecturally-designed shipping container building adorned with exterior artwork by New York-based artist Ricardo Gonzalez, the mantra is to use the very best ingredients, prepared with respect and care.
When: Open Friday - Monday, 12.00 pm –3.00 pm, plus dinner Saturday 6.00 - 9.00 pm. 

Opening soon - Never Never Distilling Co.
When you talk South Aussie gin, it’s hard to go past Never Never. Still in progress, this upcoming new McLaren Vale offering is smack bang in the thick of the action. Accessed via Field Street, or Olivers Road depending on where you’re coming from, the ever-growing Never Never team are currently putting the final touches on their new all-encompassing site, ready to house both a visionary distillery, a tasting room, and cocktail bar.
Keep your eye on the socials, this one will be opening any minute now!

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So much more to explore - McLaren Vale & surrounds