HEARTH & HOME
Less than one hour South of Adelaide, and you arrive in this pristine natural region, lapped by the Gulf of St. Vincent and framed by the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale is our home on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. We pay our deep respect to the traditional owners of the land here, the Kaurna people.
There is a wonderful mix here of trails, arts, markets and beaches for all to explore. You ask us what is most special about the region? The people and community. Wherever you go, people will welcome you, tell you their story, share a gem of a local tip.
McLaren Vale has a long history as a wine region, renowned for premium production and now for sustainable and innovative practices and variety diversity. Growers and makers here are collaborative and generous, both in food and wine, so we exude our multi-cultural history and coastal lifestyle with real personality and flair.
Our principle in the vineyard is about land first, soil nutrition and following nature. Our vineyard locations are scattered in the cooler part of McLaren Vale, along the foothills east of the town. Wines made essentially by expressing the vineyard site and the underlying complex geology and cool maritime influence of the Gulf Saint Vincent.
We select varieties fit for the environment, coming from all over the world, but especially those of Mediterranean / Iberian origins. There is a rich diversity here of growing and lifestyle, regional pairing and food for sharing.
As well as vine tending and sustainable practices, we focus on the whole biodiversity and eco-system of our properties. This includes natural habitat restoration, extensive native species planting, creating healthy corridors for the birds & bees.
We regard ourselves as alternative futurists – not subscribing to a particular certification model but believing in regenerative agriculture. The two key elements here are particularly increasing microbial and microflora soil diversity, and storing and building carbon.
In essence, we are planting trees we may never see, but leaving a legacy for the next generation of the Leask Clan. And our wines? Well they are a labour of love, delicious and made with integrity.
Originally Willunga butcher’s shop built in the 1860s, our cellar door still retains its local slate flooring and limestone walls. We share this space with cool café/providore next door, de Rose Kitchen. So, the designated driver can have a cafe latte while you indulge in the sunny courtyard out back, by the fireplace in winter, or retire to our replete cellar.
A very intimate space, we can only serve up to 14 people at any time. Please contact us prior for a booking if you have a group of 8 or more. Our tasting list is composed of 5 wines and changes seasonally, and we also offer wines by the glass.
Head to our Experiences page to check out our seasonal tasting options and to book.