Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
"Not another winery," the kids complained as we began to make our way to the airport after a few days in McLaren Vale, a delightful wine region offering the charms of both vineyards and the ocean. The deal had been wine tasting in the morning, lunch in a vineyard and then we'd hit the beach as their reward for good behaviour. However as there was no beach time awaiting them, the whinging chorus started immediately.
We pulled into the picturesque Coriole Vineyards, with it's flower gardens galore and views to the ocean. It was early so we were the first in for a tasting in the old ironstone barn built in 1860.
The kids were banished outside by their cruel mother, but a kindly cellar door staff sent them up to the chicken coop on a path of exploration, and promised them a special tasting on their return.
You will be more knowledgeable about wines, so I won't go into detail on them as I have an uneducated palate. The wines are good, the awards won confirm this, and I worked out why it is the "Sea-view" subregion of McLaren Vale. The overall experience, is unsurpassed by any other vineyard in the region.
The kids ambled in awhile later, enthusiastic for their promised surprise. Verjuice was produced, and the children proceeded to emulate what they'd watched their parents do for the last week. Verjuice is like a non acidic vinegar that can be used in dressings or as a cordial. It was met with much enthusiasm with the younger crew.
There is a restaurant that looks as charming as the rest of the vineyard, but only open Friday through to Monday, so make a booking as the garden setting and regional produce proves very popular. Some of the vegetables are grown in the Coriole vegetable gardens, unsurprisingly all organic, and the bread is made onsite in the wood fired oven.
The vineyard also sells wine that is only available at the cellar door, so it is well worth the trip, even if staying in Adelaide city centre. It's only 40 minutes, so come for lunch and enjoy the pleasant rural setting.
It is worth signing up to their newsletter as they regularly have special events like Pizza & Poets, music festivals and concerts, and the recent Shakespeare in the Vines.
If heading to McLaren Vale, Coriole Vineyards is an absolute must visit for those with a love of good food and wine, or those with kids in tow. My only regret was that thiis was our last stop on the way to the airport; had we gone earlier, we could have stocked up on the other delicacies to savour with the wine each evening. The kids complained that we couldn't stay there for lunch, and asked when we would be returning. Coriole Vineyard is a five star experience for the whole family.