Fleeing to Warmth

It’s ironic that, while it is actually winter in Australia, I would rather be there right now. Ours has been the coldest, wettest spring since 1955 and is actually fractionally colder and wetter even than that dreadful spring (a bit before my time, but records show…)

McLaren Vale is  one of the most famous wine regions in Australia. Located just south of Adelaide, this is a region fertile with local produce (some of which ends up on wine racks) and natural beauty. This region is hosting its annual Sea and Vines Festival from June 11th-13th. More than twenty wineries pair their products with seafood dishes. Note that McLaren Vale is also known for exceptional eating opportunities.

If you don’t like seafood, there are alternative menus, even options for kids.

Meanwhile, if you don’t even like wine but are indulging the interests of a spouse or friend, there is plenty to do besides visiting the 65 cellar doors advertised on the region’s website. Biking is popular along the numerous trails. Horseback riding, bush walks, bird watching and rock climbing will bring you inland. Surfing and swimming will take you to the coast (although, maybe not during the winter?) Onkaparinga National Park is right next to Blewitt Springs. Both look promising. Bring a life jacket if you like canoeing.

I suggest, though, that wine tourists drink after they paddle. Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Semillon, Merlot, Tempranillo and other varietals are well represented.

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