Called “the best Mediterranean climate on Earth,” McLaren Vale benefits from its proximity to the ocean, and cooling influences from elevation as the region climbs into the South Mount Lofty ranges. With one of the oldest geologies in the world, McLaren Vale’s diverse landscape is home to a range of wine styles that are shaping the future of Australian wine.
Located 35 kilometers south of Adelaide, the seaside winemaking town of McLaren Vale is considered the birthplace of wine in South Australia. The region’s first settlers came from England in 1838, and quickly recognized the farming potential of McLaren Vale’s undulating hills. They planted gardens, orchards and grapevines.
Today, McLaren Vale remains one of the oldest and most historically significant wine regions in Australia, but it’s also one of the most progressive. Producers in the region are leading the way for environmental sustainability, employing organic and biodynamic farming practices and setting the standard for wineries around the world.
Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard sits at the northernmost edge of McLaren Vale in the sub-region of Clarendon. Bordering the Adelaide Hills wine region, the vineyard rises 315 meters above the valley. The property employs sustainable farming practices and is a total 186 hectares, of which only 80 hectares are planted to a patchwork of locations, aspects, and exposures. First planted in 1971, the vineyard is home to its keystone Bordeaux varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot – in addition to Rhône varieties, Shiraz and Grenache.
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