Australia’s best masters cyclists will descend on South Australia's City of Onkaparinga's McLaren Vale and Willunga for the 2019 Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships.
The annual battle for the coveted green and gold national champion jerseys will begin in McLaren Vale on Thursday 3 October with a challenging 18-kilometre out and back time trial course. Willunga will host the road races on Friday and Saturday with a 16-kilometre course taking in Range Road and a punishing Pottery Hill climb to the finish.
Check out the first in our six-part series about how to discover the region.
Under an hour from Adelaide, the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast is ready to spoil you. With new experiences celebrating the diversity of the region, you won’t be short of options, the hard part - deciding where to feast your senses first.
Food and Wine
d’Arenberg Cube (McLaren Vale) - An architectural marvel, the Cube offers four levels of innovative winery experiences, from tastings on the top floor to art installations on the bottom and exquisite dining in between.
Mitolo Tasting Room & Bocca di Lupo Restaurant (McLaren Vale) - The stunning new tasting room and restaurant offers premium tastings, luxury dining experiences and inspired modern Australian cuisine by acclaimed chef Tom Jack.
Dowie Doole (McLaren Vale) – a sustainable new cellar door that’s 100% powered by solar energy. Reflecting the regions approach to sustainable practices, enjoy the 360 degree views across their surrounding vineyards.
Flower Cellar Door and Café (Willunga) – nestled amongst the flower farm, the Flower Cellar Door offers quality fresh cut flowers straight from the surrounding paddocks. Best enjoyed with a small bit to eat and a cuppa from the café.
Woodstock Wine Estate (McLaren Vale) - The recently opened, brand new ‘The Stocks’ Tasting Room is beautifully appointed with a modern twist. The space is designed to bring the tasting experience to the guest, rather than the traditional bar-style tastings.
Tealicious Cakes (Willunga) - This quaint tea-room and cake boutique serves up pretty little cupcakes in a tapestry of colours and designs, as well as proper English-style tea.
Gather at Coriole (McLaren Vale) - Coriole’s new restaurant comes from the team at Gather, serving local produce in inventive, beautiful and mouthwatering ways.
Inkwell Tasting Room and Hotel California Road (McLaren Vale) - Comprising of 20 shipping containers, the Inkwell cellar door is cosy and complete with a fireplace and sweeping views of Whites Valley.
Angove Family Winemakers (McLaren Vale) - With a newly refurbished lounge-style tasting space, choose from their ‘Icon Wine Flight’ or ‘Favourites Wine Flight’ and sample with either local cheese or artisan chocolates.
Shifty Lizard (Willunga) - Casual taphouse with a vibrant atmosphere serving tasting paddles of their ever-changing craft beer range.
South Coast Brewing (Willunga) - The industrial style warehouse, turned homely brewery is complete with crate furniture and a wood fire. Featuring tap beers straight from the kegs, made in front of you in the micro-brewery. Doesn’t get much more local than that.
Victor’s Place (Old Noarlunga) – one of the latest kids on the block, Victor’s combines a kitchen, brewery and winery all in one.
Swell Taphouse (McLaren Vale) Brewery Door is an impressive addition to the boutique and craft brewing scene in the region. Offering local food, expansive lawns, viewing platform to watch the beer brewed on site, with 16 taps at the bar to choose from.
For all of your accommodation needs and to experience the region like a local, talk to the specialists at the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre and visit www.mclarenvaleguide.com
Image: Shifty Lizard Taphouse. Photo Credit: Ellen Morgan
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