The following is a selection of reviews of The Vineyard Retreat from various newspapers and publications. Please click the review images to visit the original articles.

  • Qantas Magazine

    52 Romantic Getaways around Australia

    Article originally appeared Qantas Magazine on Jan 2017

    You could easily drive past the four cottages of The Vineyard Retreat without spotting them – they barely rise above the surrounding vines laden with grapes.

    But once you’re inside, they command your attention through their sheer size and opulence – particularly The Highland, which features a vast living room with velvet curtains, plush rugs, an open-plan kitchen and two bedrooms with 1200-thread-count linen.

    The wraparound verandah is the pièce de résistance, offering sweeping views of McLaren Vale’s interlocking vineyards, less than an hour south of Adelaide. Raid the pantry packed with regional produce (eggs from a free-range farm up the hill, say, or red-gum-smoked bacon from the local butcher) and cook a hearty breakfast.

    Then wander around the six-hectare property, which even has a hot tub among the vines.

    Romance factor - 5 Hearts Dining Besides the breakfast supplies in the pantry, some of McLaren Vale’s finest restaurants are found nearby, including d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant ( au) for lunch and The Salopian Inn ( for an Asian-inspired dinner.

    You’ll love this… Take a scenic flight in a helicopter (helivista. that collects you from the retreat and flies you over Onkaparinga Gorge, the Fleurieu Peninsula and McLaren Vale’s wineries. AA

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  • 'Brisbane News' Magazine

    Pure pleasure

    Indulge in McLaren Vale’s gourmet delights If you’re visiting McLaren Vale, one of Australia’s prettiest wine and food regions, indulgence will be a big part of your stay. Wine, cheese, luxury accommodation

    … it’s all here, just don’t stop to count the calories. The Vineyard Retreat (inset) at Blewitt Springs is a boutique property of four guesthouses, surrounded by grapevines. Fresh from a $400,000 refurbishment, the guesthouses feature deer-antler chandeliers, fully stocked kitchens, wood burning fires, and luxury finishes.

    I stayed in one of the two-bedroom houses, and grazed on local olives, cheese and crackers over a bottle of McLaren Vale shiraz – all complimentary – while thumbing through the thoughtful selection of magazines, DVDs and paperback novels. Throw in a huge, private deck, an espresso machine and a fridge stocked with breakfast provisions, and you’ll have little cause to leave. Did I mention the open-air spa on a hilltop overlooking the surrounding vineyard? Bliss.

    Venturing out into McLaren Vale township, my nose led me to Blessed Cheese. Any self-respecting cheese lover should make a pilgrimage here for the stinky French Roquefort, Adelaide Hills brie and other local specialities.

    The obvious attraction of the area is the wineries, with industry heavyweights such as d’Arenberg, Wirra Wirra and Primo Estate nearby, plus smaller organic producer Battle of Bosworth.

    At Red Poles there’s a gallery and gift shop, cellar door to McLaren Vale Beer Co and a full cafe, with classic dishes such as duck liver pate, gnocchi with goats curd. My kangaroo fillet, with berries, puffed wild rice and cacao butter, was certainly interesting, but probably not to everyone’s taste.

    Adelaide has plenty to please the discerning foodie, and for a low-key dinner, try the Golden Boy or Peel Street restaurants. Part of the Botanic Bar, Golden Boy is like an Adelaide version of West End’s Chop Chop Chang’s, with hip staff and a very cool fit-out.

    The mainly Thai menu includes sonin-law eggs, green papaya salad, pork mince-loaded betel leaves and a delicate kingfish sashimi with green chilli namjim. Heat seekers can’t go past the chilli plate, with four different bowls of chopped chilli and sauces.
    Order the feast option, and staff will make it their personalmission to send you home full.

    THE WRITER was a guest of the South Australian Tourism Commission.

    Stay at The Vineyard Retreat from $325 per night, minimum two-night stay, including breakfast and a complimentary mini bar.

    Article originally appeared in issue 978 (April 30-May 6 2014) of ‘Brisbane News’ magazine.

  • Daily Telegraph

    Refurbished winery accommodation dazzles at The Vineyard Retreat in McLaren Vale

    I CAN already tell a one-night stay was a bad idea.

    We’ve only been here five minutes and I’m mapping out the week ahead. First we’ll start with wine and dunk this delicious sourdough bread in some olive oil and vinegar, then I think I’ll read my book sitting out on the deck, then it’ll be time for a sunset jacuzzi… and we haven’t even got to the wineries yet.

    I’ve just stepped into the front cover of Vogue Living magazine, or at least that’s what it feels like. The Vineyard Retreat in McLaren Vale, South Australia unveiled its $400,000 upgrade in January and I can report no stone has been left unturned. Owners Anthea and Stuart Cross clearly have good taste.

    I’m not usually a fan of B&Bs but The Vineyard Retreat is more a collection of private cottages. Four self-contained guesthouses are placed strategically – that is, not on top of each other – within the 6ha working vineyard. And just quietly, I think we’ve scored the best one.

    We’re staying in The Highland, an elevated six-sided building with two king bedrooms and an expansive 240-degree deck overlooking the green sea of vineyards towards the mountains.

    I’m feeling pretty envious of Adelaideans who have this gorgeous wine region on their doorstep, a mere 40-minute drive from the city, and a hop, skip and a jump from the impressive coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

    Beautifully styled, the space is bright and inviting while being completely calming and cosy. Kitted out with a fusion of French provincial and industrial styling, I’m an instant fan of the little extra touches like antler chandeliers (made of resin), a bright green ceramic moose head, a deep-seated, plush tan leather lounge that embraces me like a squishy cuddle, and the cowhide rug covering the dark wooden floorboards.

    A vase of white tulips sits atop the large wooden dining table, set with high-back upholstered chairs, a copper V adorns the wood heater while industrial metal lamp shades hang above the giant island bench, overlooking a five-burner stove that’s giving me major kitchen envy.

    Once we’ve been checked in and left us to our own devices, we discover little handwritten notes to explain where our breakfast supplies and mini-bar goodies were sourced from in the neighbourhood.

    The bacon comes from Ellis Butcher, who have been buying their pork from the same local farm for 15 years and curing it in house, the milk is Fleurieu Milk Company Jersey Premium, the chocolates are from the Adelaide Hills.

    One note informs us that both our complimentary wines received 93 points from James Halliday, and so we proceed to taste test and get stuck into the local olives and cheese twists but save the sixpack of Swell Pale Ale, which is brewed just down the road, for later.

    In the bedrooms, plush chocolate sateen bed heads are paired with divine 1200 thread count white bed linen to rival any 5-star hotel, while the adjoining ensuites have large rain showers and fluffy Laura Ashley Towels, which both get a big tick.

    This is the Barry White of accommodation in the vales, all velvety smooth design and dulcet finishes, with the added romance of a wood heater to set the mood.

    There are also soft black velour throw rugs to wrap yourself in as you sit on the deck, with an outdoor fire pit for extra warmth in winter. We’ve conveniently come to stay right in the middle of a heatwave.

    The Highland would be perfect for two couples to share and while you could quite easily drive yourself to all the gourmet attractions and beaches during your stay, the option to hire high-end road bikes is available if you want to compensate all that cheese and wine tasting with some pedal pushing – or join in the action of the Tour Down Under when it comes racing through the region each January.

    Anthea and Stuart can also call in a personal chef, chauffeur, spa therapist, or even surfboards and soft racks for your car, or organise behind-the-scenes wine experiences.

    Call me crazy, but I’m happy enough just being in this beautiful place with nothing more to think about than grabbing the plastic “jacuzzi glasses” I’ve just found in the cupboard and that bottle of cabernet sangiovese for a trip to the hot tub to watch the sun set below the vines.

    Barry White ain’t got nothing on that.

    The writer was a guest of the South Australian Tourism Commission.

    Article originally appeared in the Travel section of the Daily Telegraph on June 8th 2014

  • DNA Magazine

    Wines, Vineyards and Wonders

    On a recent trip to South Australia, Vinod Advani experiences the magic of McLaren’s wines and vineyards

    Vinod Advani

    The multi-octaved Freddy Mercury is singing This could be heaven for everyone in my Bose earphones as I contemplate the view. It’s my idiosyncracy–listening to songs that match the travel vibe. Then I look at what Anthea is pointing to,“Coriole lies that way and right next to it is D’Arenberg”. Wine connoisseurs worldwide recognise these names, reputed for producing some of the most sought-after wines in Australia. Yup, I am in Oz land, in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia with just one purpose–drink and eat the best on offer.
    Anthea offers tastefully furnished rooms in beautiful cottages called the Vineyard Retreat at an affordable price. A fully-stocked bar and substantial breakfast of bacon and eggs are included. What comes free is the view of rolling hills, autumn sunlight glinting off yellow and flaming-red grapevine leaves and a calm atmosphere where you can hear your heart beat! Exploring these top rated wineries, European-style restaurants with fresher than fresh local produce and quaint villages, where everyone greets you with a smiling “How’s it going?” is like heaven. Thank you mate, it doesn’t get better.

    First stop–D’Arenberg Winery, with its triple treat of heritage, wine and top-rated restaurant. Started in 1912 by a teetotaler, this then humble winery has achieved iconic status thanks to the father-son duo of Francis d’Arenberg Osborn (still sprightly at 87 years) and Chester, chief winemaker since 1984. To drink their wines is to taste the magic of alchemy. To dine with them is to get a lesson in vinous history. Hear Chester articulate, devilishly clever names for bold and sumptuous red wines: Daddy Longlegs, Stump Jump,Vociferate Dipsomaniac, Piceous Lodestar, Feral Fox, Blind Tiger and my favourite–The Cenosilicaphobic Cat. It means ‘Fear of an empty glass’.

    Ready for lunch? The menu at the Verandah Restaurant, which sits on a hillock gifted with a stunning view, offers eight entrees: Snapper Broth with Parsnip Puree (creamy), Lobster Medallion with Blue Swimmer Crab & Prawn Ravioli (yummy), Tuna seared with Citrus Salad (delish) and Fried Haloumi with Roasted Beetroot, Hazelnuts, Honey & Beetroot Parfait (cheesey). The House Made Bread has paprika almonds! Our group gorges on these and is still hungry. Must be the wine. Soon, the table is groaning with mains of Bamieh of Lamb (with pickled carrot, radish, parsley and mograbeh salad), Twice Cooked Chicken (with ginger and lemongrass, coconut broth), Potato Gnocchi (with manchego, dried black olives, raisins and toasted almonds), Salmon (with samphire, salty lemon dill tapioca, avocado). If I was Mr Michelin, I would gladly give three stars to Verandah!

    Our starry itinerary includes: Trying at least six of the 20 unique, single-block McLaren Vale Scarce Earth Shirazes. Attending a cooking class with Rebecca Stubbs at Chapel Hill’s Retreat to learn about McLaren Vale products. Visiting Coriole winery where delicate cheeses, flavoursome olives, oil and fine wine are produced. Eating freshly-caught squid dusted with flour, with a squeeze of lemon at The Star of Greece restaurant. Meeting David & Tori who teach tourists how to make cheese, press oil and put bubbles in wine at the Producers. Did you know only two monuments in the world honour an individual’s contribution to the world of wine? The one in France pays homage to a monk who put bubbles in wine, the other here on Main Street acknowledges Thomas Hardy’s major contribution to McLaren Vale and Australian wine.

    At Adelaide Hills, we experience ChocoVino at the Hahndorf Hill winery. Ranked amongst the Top 10 ‘global adventures for chocoholics’ by CNN. We sample some of the world’s best chocolate matched to their wines, while enjoying spectacular scenery from a glass-enclosed tasting room, aptly named ‘The ViewTube’.
    My parting thought? McLaren Vale’s commitment to the environment. Everyone in this region supports sustainable practices. As it’s often said, we don’t inherit the world from our parents, we borrow it from our children.

    Article originally appeared in DNA on Jun 01 2014

  • Virgin Australia - Voyeur Magazine

    With its Luxurious Self-contained guesthouses set among the vines, and amazing views of the surrounding green hills, the family-run The Vineyard McLaren Vale (165 Whitings Road, Blewitt Springs; completes the package perfectly.

    Article originally appeared Voyeur Magazine on Dec 2014


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