The layout of the winery provides views over the working winery from the tasting room, and the views over the vineyards are visible from both the dining room and an enclosed cellar door deck dining area.
The flagship McLaren Vale varieties of Grenache and Shiraz are well worth the visit but what is less well-known, especially if you are a first-time visitor to the region, is that Maxwell is the largest mead producer in the southern hemisphere. If you haven’t tried mead, you should!
The range of wines is substantial. Delicious sparkling, silky but robust and flavourful Shiraz, bright and open Grenache, Chardonnay, Riesling (Eden Valley), Verdelho, Cabernet, Tempranillo and blends, all from the Maxwell vineyards right here in McLaren Vale.
Kate Petering joined as Head Winemaker early in 2018 after serving in the same position at Mt Langi Ghiran where she climbed the ladder during her nine year career there. The shift from one Australia’s best cool climate Shiraz vineyards to the world renowned Shiraz region of McLaren Vale would seem to be a perfect fit. There is great interest in how Kate will use both her Victorian and international experience of vintages in France, Romagna, California and Italy to pursue the continuous quality improvement of the wines at Maxwell’s in McLaren Vale.