I am a writing Novelist from Austria - www.bettinabuechel.com/entangled_souls.asp - I am living in South Australia since December 2010 and enjoy it a lot. Besides this I look after a small vineyard - www.lot333wines.com.au
Published May 23rd 2012
Autumn is the best time to take a ride on your bike. There are plenty of cycling trails around Adelaide, but one of the most romantic is the Shiraz Trail, located in the heart of the McLaren Vale wine region. Starting in Willunga, where you have parking facilities directly to the bike path, you can cycle along wonderful Shiraz vineyards far away from the traffic. You only have to cross about four roads from Willunga to McLaren Vale. One of the roads, you have to cross, is called 'McMurtrie Road', where you find some famous cellar doors, including Wirra Wirra, Primo Estate, Pertaringa and Hugh Hamilton. Jump in and taste a sip of their great wines. All in all the track is about 14 km, very moderate and also suitable for kids.
When you arrive in McLaren Vale after crossing the last road, you will see on the left hand side an inviting place to make a break - The Oxenberry Farm. With its nice outdoor deck, it reminds me a little bit of my home country Austria, to be honest.
The cafe offers cold and hot drinks, their range of wines and recently the new Grapple Ciders (very refreshing), a combination of McLaren Grapes and Adelaide Hill apples, which I really recommend. For a snack you can choose between spicy (platters, sandwiches, etc) or sweet (cakes, pastries, etc.) Most produces are from McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula. By the way, everything is really favourably priced. The House wine costs from 4$ per glass and 9$ per bottle - unbelievable. And if you want to stay a little bit longer in McLaren Vale, follow the bike path to the Main Street, where you find plenty of food stores with local produce, restaurants, art galleries and many more.