I have spent two days out locally in recent weekends, one Saturday in the McLaren Vale wine region south of Adelaide and a lovely cruise Sunday afternoon in Mannum along the River Murray. We are so lucky to be within a hour or so’s drive from these great regions and blessed with fabulous sunshine on the days we went.
The architectural wonder that is the D’Arenberg Cube was the reason we headed to McLaren Vale. Opened this year, the cube is a Rubik’s cube on five levels twisted this way and that to change the views from the platforms and challenges how we see architecture.
The decor may not be to everyone’s taste – the art works are eclectic to put it nicely! and the couches fabulously colourful, but the sheer inventiveness of the building and the views from the top floor tasting room are worth the $10 fee which includes the tastings. And they are happy to let you taste a $70 bottle of red.
We indulged in lunch and then headed to one of my favourite wineries Wirra Wirra. The new viewing platform out towards the vineyards gives a lovely view over the area and the wine is as good as ever. Woodhenge – the massive fence and gate made from huge red gum tree trunks is an added bonus. We finished with a trip to Red Poles, a winery, eatery come art space.
Just an hour and a bit from the city, we had a great day out. Check out your local area.