This region is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna People. They are the traditional custodians of the land.
Basically, South Australia was founded in 1836 and Mr. McLaren turned up at the Vale in 1838. He surveyed the place and the first grapes were also planted in 1838, wineries were up and running by 1850 and it's been a major wine producer ever since. Hugh Hamilton Wines - founded by Hugh Hamilton's great great grandfather - is the oldest surviving wine family in Australia. Fair to say that McClaren Vale is deeply deeply connected to the grape.
Add in the olive oil, cheese, almonds, fruit and other fresh produce, and beautiful McLaren Vale starts to solidify itself in your mind as a lovely outdoor delicatessen.