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Best McLaren Vale Cellar Doors for a Family Picnic

Winey Family visits Samuels Gorge for a Picnic Image © Winey Kids
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A question we get asked a lot on the Winey Kids Facebook page is which family friendly wineries are great for a family picnic. We’ve come up with the below list of our favourite McLaren Vale wineries to take a picnic to. In addition to this, we’ve included some suggestions of cellar doors that provide a picnic experience without you having to take your own!

Please remember your picnic etiquette when visiting these cellar doors! Cellar doors aren’t public picnic spots and the idea is that for you to be using their picnic facilities, you’ll purchase some wine to enjoy (in moderation) with your picnic. Please remember to also supervise your children at all times and encourage them to behave well in these adult environments!

Favourite McLaren Vale wineries to take your own picnic

1. Samuels Gorge

Samuels Gorge is a seriously cool and seriously beautiful cellar door. Their walled garden is an ideal spot for a quiet family picnic. There are some picnic rugs available but we say it’s always best to take your own just in case. They ask that you do a wine tasting first before starting your picnic so that you can select some wine to purchase to have with your picnic.

2. Fox Creek Wines

The Fox Creek Wines cellar door is a cosy nineteenth century stone cottage, where you are welcome to take your own picnic (permitted in conjunction with wine and a basic platter purchase) in their beautiful gardens whilst enjoying their delicious wine! The grounds are scattered with sculptures and there’s also a treasure hunt for the kids.

3. DogRidge

As you settle in at DogRidge cellar door, you’ll notice your pace of life slows down dramatically. Take a picnic to enjoy alongside your tasting and settle in for a relaxing afternoon. This is an off the beaten track kind of cellar door and you’ll get the proper rustic country charm. Our Winey Kid loved the climbing rope on a tree. It’s the simple things!

Winey Family enjoying a picnic at DogRidge

4. Kay Brothers Amery Wines

Views! The views! Being set on top of a hill, Kay Brothers offers you picnic benches with some beautiful views and lawns for the kids to play on.

5. Shottesbrooke

Shottesbrooke has a picnic area called “The Pickers Hut” at the winery that is available for private hire, with capacity for up to 20 people. It’s set away from the cellar door and nestled amongst the vines alongside the creek that runs through the property. It’s a quaint little rustic stone structure with cafe blinds that can be pulled down if needed with a lawned area out the front and is just the spot to enjoy a relaxing picnic and bottle of Shottesbrooke wine whilst taking in the beauty of the vineyards and surrounding hills. Booking essential.

6. Wirra Wirra

Wirra Wirra is a destination in its own right and we loved hanging out on their big lawns. Even though the site now boasts the fabulous Harry’s Deli, picnics and the use of their BBQ is still welcome. Bookings are essential to make sure they can manage numbers and space. Whilst you’re there, check out the jetty overlooking the vines!

7. Magpie Springs

Magpie Springs offers a unique experience with it being both a working vineyard and a home. There’s a small rustic cellar door on site along with a fine art gallery. As they don’t serve food you are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy it in their lovely garden setting. An added bonus is that this spot is also home to Southern Boulder so your kids can enjoy a go or two on the climbing wall during your visit (extra charges apply). Coffee and teas available. Please remember to supervise your children at all times.

Favourite McLaren Vale wineries for picnic style dining

The following cellar doors do not permit you to bring your own picnic but do provide you with an awesome picnic experience! This relaxed style of dining is just perfect for young families!

1. Doc Adams

We love the ‘create your own platter’ experience at Doc Adams Wines. You get your little tray, pick all the things you want off the shelves and from the fridge, and the lovely staff arrange it all beautifully on a platter for you. Our eyes are always bigger than our bellies but it’s so lovely to set up with a provided picnic rug, or on one of their picnic tables on their huge lawn area and make a relaxing afternoon of it. Even better that there are ball and lawn games to keep everyone occupied beyond the platter, AND it’s really nicely shaded by the big eucalyptus trees making it ideal for a warm McLaren Vale day. No BYO picnic.

2. Gemtree Wines

Gemtree is an ultimate family friendly cellar door with their playground, huge lawn, hill to roll down and relaxed vibe. What’s even better is that you can ask for your platter to be served down on the picnic benches, away from the more formal seating area on the deck. The views are pretty great too! No BYO picnic.

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Published: 11 Apr 2017

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