Looking for a family friendly cellar door? One with massive lawns and games to keep the kids happy, but still has great wines and platters to keep the bigger kids happy?
Then you need to get to Mclaren Vales newest addition- Doc Adams Wines.
Nestled between the vineyards in the Vale, Doc Adams Wines is a big and beautiful cellar door. It has all the features of a high end cellar door- high ceilings, huge windows, gorgeous light fittings and plenty of timber- but there’s no pretentious attitudes here, only good vibes. Plenty of seating is available for adults and kids both inside the cellar door, out on the patio overlooking the vineyards or on the picnic tables and big chairs dotted around on their lush lawns.
As soon we walked in the cellar door we were greeted with the biggest of smiles and two very friendly and enthusiastic ladies who talked us through their tasting menu and beer options. They also explained that they do DIY platters (you had me at DIY) where you can grab a tray, raid their fridge and put as little or as many items on your platter as you like. I absolutely love this idea, so ordering one was a no brainer.
We collected our tray and loaded it up with all the good stuff- a selection of Propan cured meats, Satori Espresso Bellavitano cheese, Fleurieu Fine Foods Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Dip, Olivias Bakehouse Cashew & Rosemary crackers, Machett’s Dukkah and washed rind soft orange cheese. We also opted for a few sides of warm bread and olive oil, because lets face it- you can never have enough bread on a platter. The cheeses were ridiculously good- the wash rind cheese was bitey and very creamy and the espresso Bellavitano was a coffee lovers dream- we couldn’t get enough.
Once we collected our goodies we handed them over to the cellar door staff who put it all on a platter for us and made it look absolutely beautiful. We found ourselves a picnic table and soaked up the sun while we took in the view of the stunning vineyards and kids running around playing with the soccer ball and totem tennis (just quietly we wanted to join in the fun).
As we were at a winery it was necessary that I had a tasting flight. As the weather was warm and sunny I opted for their “Lighter” flight- a tasting of their Sparkling Cuvee, Pinot Gris, Quattro Vitigni, Moscato and Rose. The tastings were generous and the wines were light and refreshing- I loved their Rose and their Moscato and Pinot Gris were also a big hit. The fiance opted for the “Doc Lager”- a collaboration between Doc Adams Wines and Vale Ale. He knew straight away that it was going to be a winner, and it was. Next on our list is their Melbourne sourced Espresso Martini’s in a jar and the Doc’s signature GSM’s.
If you are looking for a perfect-all-round cellar door that embraces families and serves great wine and fresh local produce then pop Doc Adams Wines on the list for your next Mclaren Vale visit. You’ll get just as hooked as we did.