McCarthy's Orchard

McLaren Vale Red? 

World renowned for our reds, McLaren Vale is home to McCarthy's Orchard and their 50+ year old Shiraz vines.

In early 2008 Horticulturist Mark  and his artist wife Lisa McCarthy couldn't believe their luck when they were able to find a mixed farm with crops such as apples, pears, stonefruit and cherries. Incredibly the farm also grew Shiraz and Cabernet grapes, most of which are 50 years old.

As many old plantings had been pulled out during the government funded vine pull in the 1980’s this property appeared too good to be true.  Mark and Lisa moved quickly and were soon the owners of this amazing property.

The McCarthy farm is situated on the foothills of McLaren Vale. It has a very unique micro climate with refreshing gully winds that run along the hills in the summer and the maritime influence of the sea that protects from damaging frosts in the spring.

The soils vary from deep sands over clay to shallow minerally soils to the south east.

This variation helps contribute to the amazing end product they are able to produce.