MX5 - Car Club South Australia

Report from Fleurieu Gourmet Run 20 Jul 14

There is just something about the McLaren Vale.

When you need spectacular scenery, the McLaren Vale delivers.  As we drove south, signs reminded all that an almond blossom festival is imminent.  And as we looked ahead, we saw the striking soft folds in the Mount Lofty Ranges.

We started the climb of Willunga Hill – as you know, the ultimate test of the power of a car.  We suspected that some of our convoy have slipped back, but the convoy looks regrouped and evenly spaced as we drive on to Mount Compass.


Image from Alexandrina Cheese Company website

We arrived at the Mount Compass Venison Store in the former Old Bank Café building.  Cute and quaint, serving great coffee, venison samples and cakes in an excellent manner.  Apparently, the scones and cream were to die for.

With warmth from the winter sun, the last of the roofs came down, the sunnies were donned and we headed off to the Alexandrina Cheese Company.

Plenty of cheese is purchased despite extensive conversation on cholesterol levels.  I have perfect cholesterol which gave me bragging rights.

We headed off to the wine tasting, stuck behind a truck carting hay that is shredding itself to pieces.

Enterprise Road was a stunning tree lined street with black cows dotting the green landscape.

But the view as we descend down Penny Hill Lane is spectacular. Ultra spectacular.

We then arrived at Shottesbrooke Vineyards for some tastings and many purchases.  The winery was very generous waiving their tasting fees.  The sparkling red was a big favourite.

We finally made our way to Carmel’s Bar & Grill for lunch.  The menu was extensive and the servings were generous.  The adventurous went for burgers that were a foot high.


Image from Carmel’s Bar & Grill website

It was just a delightful day.  The route and venue selections made by David & Di were excellent.  The turnout was about 25 cars or 50 members and friends.  The winter weather was perfect.

Our thanks to David & Di.  Also, our apologies to David & Di. Most of our regular photographers were unable to attend the event, and I managed to leave the camera home.  So, the few phone photos may not do justice to a great day.

Thanks again, Kari Soutter