McLaren Vale, South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia
|Population||3,861 (2011 Census)|
|Area||3.9 km2 (1.5 sq mi)|
|Location||41 km (25 mi) from Adelaide|
|LGA(s)||City of Onkaparinga|
The township was formed in 1923 from a merging of the two original villages of Gloucester and Bellevue, which were established in the 1840s by British pioneers.
The McLaren Vale wine region is well known for its dry red wines, especially those made from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot are also grown. White wine varieties in the region include Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon blanc and Riesling.
The Coast to Vines rail trail passes through Mclaren Vale. There was a station at Mclaren Vale on the former Marino-Willunga rail line that it follows.
The main junction into the town, at Victor Harbor Road and Main Road has over the years, been notorious for fatal crashes. In 2011, construction stated on an overpass, to remove the threat of right hand turns through high speed traffic. The overpass is expected to open in late 2012.
There were once two supermarkets in the town, a Foodland and a BI-LO (where Browse and Save currently operates), until Foodland was sold, and Bilo moved into the vacancy. In 2006, BI-LO converted to Coles along with the national conversion. In 2011, it was announced that the shopping center would be undergoing an upgrade, with a Target Country. Target Country will occupy the current Coles location, after a new, bigger Coles is built behind its current location. The complete shopping center is expected to open in early 2013.
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