That's because motorists will be diverted from the McLaren Vale/Victor Harbor Road through one of Australia’s most celebrated wine regions, McLaren Vale. The McLaren Vale/Victor Harbor Road will be closed for 12 hours from 6am to 6pm on Saturday 4th August to facilitate roadworks on the new McLaren Vale Overpass.
McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association’s Marketing Officer Stacey Richardson says the iconic wine region’s energetic and passionate winemakers, restaurateurs and food producers have the welcome mat out ready for the anticipated influx of travellers and suggests this is one road detour that can definitely be turned into a great day out.
“Motorists generally hate road closures but we can offer plenty of compensation in the form of an even more vibrant atmosphere than usual in McLaren Vale and Willunga,” says Ms Richardson.
“Our 65 cellar doors will be flinging open their doors plus all our local food producers, restaurants, bakers and cafes are working overtime to ensure everyone can enjoy their compulsory taste of McLaren Vale. We reckon this is one road detour that won’t be seen as an inconvenience. It should be quite the opposite actually.”
For wine lovers, the detour presents a serendipitous opportunity to not only try the iconic Shiraz for which the region is renowned, but also to discover the many Spanish and Italian wine varieties they may not have tasted including Fiano, Sangiovese, Vermentino and Tempranillo. Re-emerging varieties such as Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Mourvedre and Zinfandel are also waiting to be explored.
"While the region is known for producing some of the best Shiraz in the world, McLarenVale's Grenache, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay all do well in our diverse micro-climates and districts. But we're also very excited about the newer Spanish and Italian wines plus the many varieties enjoying a much welcomed retro revamp," says Ms Richardson.
“Visitors are welcomed to just amble around making their own discoveries or they can take some of our special trails including McLaren Vale Scarce Earth, Cheese and Wine Trail or Coast to Vines Trail. All are on our website, or they can pop into our Visitor Centre for information and suggestions on how to get the most from their detour.”
Sixteen McLaren Vale venues are also participating in the South Australian Living Arts (SALA) Festival, offering artful diversions for visitors, along with over ten permanent art galleries and private art studios throughout the McLaren Vale and Willunga areas.
“What’s not to like about wandering around with glass in hand discovering terrific South Australian art and artists?” adds Ms Richardson.
Detouring motorists can also experience South Australia’s first open farmers market at Willunga, open from 8am until 12.30pm at the Willunga Town Square.
For more information:
Stacey Richardson, Marketing Officer
McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association
P 08 8323 8999
Stacey Richardson, Marketing Officer McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism AssociationP: 08 8323 8999