Shottesbrooke is one of the many wineries in the McLaren Vale region, and a visit to this cellar door gives you some opportunities to taste some of their fine wines in a picturesque setting.
The boutique winery was established in 1984, and is a family owned vineyard. They produce a range of wines that are all available for tastings at the cellar door. Work your way through the list, and take the advice of the staff who can tell you all the ins and outs of the winemaking process. You can start off with some of the lighter wines, and end up with a tawny port. One of the special wines to try is the Engine Room Shiraz, with a unique flavour that is designed for more of a US market this is one worth tasting. You can even get discounts on the wines if you want to take a bottle or two home.
The tasting room is a large airy room, with views of the vineyards and the courtyard. When you're around the cellar door you might be lucky enough to come across their resident Rhodesian Ridgeback Jack. Jack is also one of the stars of 'Wine Dogs Australia' a book showcasing the four legged friends of winemakers all over Australia. The winery also sells copies of the book, you can mull over it while you enjoy a glass of merlot.
If you bring along some food with you, you can also take advantage of the Shottesbrooke grounds and have a picnic. The courtyard area has two grassed areas where you could set up a picnic table on the grass, or use the picnic tables. There aren't any barbecues, but pick up some local produce like cheese and olives and you can enjoy a fresh local lunch.
You can also hire out The Pickers Hut, a special creek-side picnic shelter that looks out over the vineyards. Here you have access to barbecue facilities and an undercover picnic table. Call the Cellar Door on 83830002 to book the hut. Hiring the hut requires a $25 booking fee, but this is redeemable on any wine purchase.
The Pickers Hut
You won't find a restaurant or gallery at the winery, like you will sometimes find at other McLaren Vale vineyards, so Shottesbrooke probably isn't somewhere you'd go if you were only visiting one place. There are some interesting and tasty wines on offer at Shottesbrooke though, so add it to any tour of the McLaren Vale region.