Time-poor but in need of a holiday to escape the daily grind? Why not try a wine weekend in McLaren Vale in South Australian’s Fleurieu Peninsula?

Less than an hour’s drive from Adelaide Airport, you’ll find yourself surrounded by wine country, beaches and a region abundant with fresh, delectable produce. What could be better than a sea and vines extravaganza?

Here are the top five food and wine experiences in Fleurieu Peninsula:

1. Visit an Iconic Winery

D’Arenberg is the region’s most iconic winery and for good reason: the award-winning winery is known for its full-bodied reds, especially the Shiraz and Grenache. Allow plenty of time in the cellar door, as there is a long list of incredible wines to try. Better still, book in for lunch at d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant and enjoy some of the region’s best dining. Construction has also commenced on the d’Arenberg Cube, a futuristic-looking five-storey building among the vines, which will open in early 2017 with new tasting room, several bars, another restaurant, private tasting rooms and more.

2. Browse Farmers’ Markets

Check out South Australia’s premier regional farmers’ market, bringing together Fleurieu Peninsula farmers, producers and the community every Saturday at the Willunga Farmers Market. Here you’ll find some of the state’s best artisan breads, homemade jams, grass-fed meats, creamy cheeses and more. Gather some gourmet goodies and retreat to your accommodation for a ploughman’s platter and local wine for a romantic night in.

3. Meet the Maker

Visit boutique wineries such as Samuel’s Gorge for a chance to meet the winemaker and experience wine tasting on a whole new level. Samuel’s Gorge is a picturesque winery with a European feel, creating hand-crafted premium wines of distinction by their exuberant winemaker Justin McNamee.

4. Indulge in Beachside Dining

Head to the beach and enjoy clifftop dining at Star of Greece. Once a humble beach shack, it’s now turning out five-star dining to complement the stunning ocean views. Naturally, seafood is the specialty with a Mediterranean influence.

5. Stay on a Vineyard

There’s something special about a weekend away in wine country staying among the vines. Waking at a vineyard retreat makes for a magical start to the day: sun-dappled vine leaves, peaceful mornings and that feeling of glorious isolation. Then there’s exploring nearby cellar doors during the day and retiring to your accommodation with a glass of wine by the fireplace at night – it’s all very convivial! We love hidden gem Sellicks Chills Vineyard Retreats  for luxurious couples’ accommodation just moments to the beach.

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