There has been a cellar door on the list that I have been waiting to visit for a long time now, and today was finally the day.
Today we visited Fox Creek Wines.
The Fox Creek Wines cellar door is tucked away down a long dirt road off of Malpas Road in Mclaren Vale, hidden between rolling vineyards and surrounded by lush gardens filled with roses, pops of colour and spectacular pieces of artwork. As soon as you get out of the car you are greeted with magpies and willy wag tails on the lawn, flowers as far as the eye can see and huge lawn area that quickly turns into vineyards. Art work is scattered through out the impeccable gardens, boasting wine barrels turned into a plane and sculptures made out of recycled metal.
The arty theme flows inside the cellar door were we were greeted by the most friendliest and warmest of souls. The cellar door is built in the 1880’s by the Malpas family and you can still feel the history today. In terms of wine there is plenty to dabble in- a long list of reds and whites is on offer with the most tastiest sparkling red. As you taste and struggle to decide on what to have a glass of you can take in the surrounds- gorgeous paintings, sculptures and local wares all hang in arms reach in the main and adjoining rooms.
We opted for a glass of Vermentino and Sparkling Red, as well as a fabulous platter and sat out on the verandah where we took it all in. When the weathers wild you can still sit outdoors, with clear blinds ready to be drawn so you stay dry.
The platters feature locally sourced produce- from their Paris Creek Double Brie to the olives that are grown locally by Lloyd Brothers. Delicious crackers from Australian owned Tuckers Natural were in abundance (so much so that we didn’t eat them all) and the Shiraz jelly was to die for. The best thing about their platters is that you can order extras to the standard platter which consists of 2 cheeses, olive tapenade, crackers and dried fruit- we swapped the tapenade for jelly and added olives and dried oranges dipped in dark belgium chocolate. Yes it was heaven.
They pay attention to the simple things here, from succulents spilling from wine barrels and on window ledges to pinic tables and recycled wood seating scattered under trees. They even have a toy box and a treasure hunt to keep the kids entertained while you drink your vino- I was so tempted to give the hunt a crack myself.
If a good drop and a delicious platter is your thing, with kids (or no kids) in tow, then this is the place to go.
You can find Fox Creek Wines at 90 Malpas Road, Mclaren Vale