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Note: I have recently become heavily involved with James Gosper, the 'Wine Hunter' of Hunter and Bligh, and helped with some of his articles about some of the best wine regions in Australia. Below is a link to 'On the Move: Spend a Day in McLaren Vale', the first in a series about many of the wine regions in the Adelaide Region. This was published on the 8th May 2017 on Hunter and Bligh.
Just 45 minutes from Adelaide, McLaren vale is rich in Italian heritage: in its people, food and, most especially, its wines.
While grapes were first planted by Italian migrants in 1838, until relatively recently McLaren Vale wineries made small batches of selected wines, and the usual suspects of Shiraz and Cabernet thrived.
Now the region has developed a strong reputation for growing outstanding Spanish and Italian varieties such as Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese, which are well suited to the climate and soils.
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