Situated 40 minutes south of Adelaide, MacLaren Vale has earned its reputation for highly acclamied wines. McLaren Vale has a Mediterranean climate and prospers from sea breezes, creating consistent growing conditions for producing premium shiraz. The area's thin soils, limited water and warm summers harness the natural vigour of shiraz and produce intense flavoured fruit, and wine with a deep purple colour.
The ancient hills of the Willunga escarpment flatten to a gentle rolling landscape heading toward the sea. This area is known as the Willunga Plains. The soils in this area are Gilgai or grey clay over limestone with pockets of red earth on limestone. The cold air drains across the flats to the sea, resulting in wines that are consistently good with herbaceous characters and cabernet like tanins in shiraz.