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Maxwell Wines, McLaren Vale

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Outdoor,photography,coffee, nature, food and culture lover; seeker of life's simple pleasures.
Published August 18th 2015
The taste of honey and blissful sights
The luscious southern wine region of McLaren Vale, is home to dozens of wineries and cellar doors, all of them hosting unique products, original branding and family secrets,Maxwell Wines is no exception.

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What a view!

Maxwell Wines' history dates back to 1875, the year in which William James Maxwell moved to Adelaide from Melbourne due to weather conditions. Once in Adelaide he established a home in Edwardstown where he developed an existing vineyard and produced his own wine. A few years later his son, John, purchased some property in McLaren Vale. The rest of the family moved there, worked the land and farmed animals to produce dairy, wine and fruits.

In 1970, John's youngest son, Ken, started making and selling a rather unique and ancient drink, mead (fermented honey). Nowadays the Maxwell family are the biggest mead producers in the Southern Hemisphere, not to mention the owners of one of McLaren Vale's most gorgeous cellar doors.

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Rustic seating are to enjoy some wine.

The vineyards extend further than your imagination, covering the soil with robust green vines. Wild birds fly in the distance while you listen to buzzing bees pollinating the small flower bushes outside the cellar door. Although the building looks slightly simple from the outside, once you go upstairs you will discover a breath-taking view and a perfectly planned spot to taste some great quality wines.

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Cellar door lookout.

Maxwell Wines cellar door offers indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy a drink or a meal at their seasonal restaurant, Ellen Street. The limestone and solid timber structure gives the place a touch of warmth and earthiness.

If you are after some wine tasting, their staff will guide you through their different varieties and the main differences between them and they also have mead for you to sample. If you enjoy honey, spices and digestive liqueurs, then you will most certainly enjoy this ancient drink. Maxwell Wines has three varieties: Honey Mead, Spiced Mead and Liqueur Mead, all three of them are unique and rich in flavour and make the perfect drink for this winter to spring transition.

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Sit by the fire with a glass of red.

Another great reason to visit Maxwell Wines is the SALA Festival. This cellar door is hosting an exhibition of incredible welded sculptures with nature and wine motifs. The exhibition is a must see as it reflects the region's produce and talent.

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Current SALA exhibition.

For those planning a milestone birthday, wedding or anniversary, this is a great event venue to book. They have it all: the views, the wine, the fermented honey, the food and art. All of this can be hosted in their unique hand carved limestone cave.

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The perfect spot!

Visit this cellar doorand enjoy one of McLaren Vale's most iconic and beautiful wineries, taste some wine and perhaps even purchase a piece of art for home.
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Why? For a perfect glass of wine.
When: Cellar Door is open daily, 10am to 5pm
Phone: 08 8323 8200
Where: Corner of Olivers & Chalk Hill Roads,
Cost: tastings free.
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The wine bottle sculpture is fantastic.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12622) 1896 days ago
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