About Us

What We Are About

The McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association has, for many years, been working for and on behalf of everyone who lives and works in the McLaren Vale area. Over that time the Association has achieved many things.

Some, like the under-grounding of power on Main Road, the Wine Bushing Kings’ and Queens’ Walk and the Heritage Trail, are highly visible. Others, such as the Business Forums, staff training sessions and business networking functions are less visible, but all contribute to the enhancement of life and work in and around our township.

In addition, the Association actively lobbies all tiers of Government on issues of concern to the region​

Pouring red wine into a wine glass.

Association Aims & Objectives

  • To further the success of all businesses and tourism in the McLaren Vale area
  • To monitor State and local Government activities that directly relate to local business, residents and tourism
  • To be concerned with the physical development and environment of the McLaren Vale area
  • To promote festivals and events in the McLaren Vale area
  • To initiate community projects, policies and research which relate to the physical, social and cultural features in the area
  • To promote and preserve the historical, social and cultural features of the McLaren Vale area
Closeup photo of an Orange Rose in full sunlight.

Meet The Comittee

Photo of Sandy Mount, Chairperson of McLaren Vale Busines and Tourism Association.

Sandy Mount

Chairperson

Anni Rhodes, secretary for the McLaren Vale Business Association.

Anni Rhodes

Secretary

Martin Morgan, Vice Chair of the McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association.

Martin Morgan

Vice Chair

Sally Hams, treasurer of the McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association.

Sally Hams

Treasurer

Sandra Sharp, commitee member of the McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association.

Sandra Sharp

julie

Julie Morgan

Megan Couldersmith, commitee member of the McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association.

Megan Caldersmith

Trevor Sharp, commitee member of the McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association.

Trevor Sharp

Gloria Pahl, commitee member of the McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association.

Gloria Pahl

Amanda Atlee, commitee member of the McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association.

Amanda Atlee

Achievements

The Shiraz Trail

This walking, horse riding and cycling trail has been developed in conjunction with the Coast to Vines Rail Trail, and it is a celebration of the grape that firmly established McLaren Vale’s reputation as a premium grape growing and wine making region. It follows the old railway line from McLaren Vale to Willunga, taking in spectacular views of vineyards, the Willunga ranges and the coast.

Coast to Vines Trail sign post.

Vintage & Classic Day

Each April sees several hundred vintage and classic cars parading through McLaren Vale in a spectacular display of motoring history. 

At the conclusion of the parade the cars head off to local winery cellar doors, usually spending several hours being admired by appreciative winery patrons.

Poster scaled | McLaren Vale Business Association

McLaren Vale Business Awards

These annual awards recognise excellence in business, customer service and the environment within the local area.

Vintage and Classic Day McLaren Vale award winners.

Heritage Trail

This interactive look at our local history was developed as an initiative of the Business Association. Look for the signs around the town (descriptive brochures are available at the Visitor’s Centre).

McLaren Vale Heritage Trail Logo

Bushing King & Queen Walk

Look down as you walk the streets of McLaren Vale and you will see a physical record of the winemakers, on one side of the Main Road, nominated by their peers as Bushing King and Queen each October.

Bush Monarchs posing in their regal gowns.