Carved into a limestone hill in the heart of McLaren Vale and etched into its history is a tribute to one man’s vision and tenacity: a winery, a fine-dining restaurant and fully certified sustainable vineyard of historic vines. From the moment he first discovered this site in 1979, Mark Maxwell has put his heart and soul into every facet, growing the vines and making the wine to crafting memorable tourism experiences all in his own inimitable style and to his own unbending standards.
Few cellar doors give such a holistic wine experience, perched atop the winery, from the cellar door you have a window into its soul. Through a personally guided wine flight, discover the nuances brought about by time, terroir and talent over a tasting plate accompanied by the scents and sounds of the winery directly below the tasting room with views out over the signature estate vineyards.
Service TypesFood and Wine Tours Free Wifi
Disabled AssistanceDisabled access available
AccreditationCOVID Safe Sustainable Winegrowing Australia Certification
From $10 to $30
Design your own cellar door experience with your choice of three tastings all with the option of matched canapes from our acclaimed kitchen team.
Choose from the following three tasting options:
Classic Wine Tasting: Enjoy the wines from our Little Demon Range – wines that are young, vibrant and ready to drink now (paired canape flight available once added to cart).
Premium Wine Tasting: Taste the best of Maxwell’s historic vineyards and limited release wines. These are concentrated, robust and classically Maxwell (paired canape flight available once added to cart).
Maxwell Mead Tasting: At Maxwell Wines, we’ve been making mead for three generations. One of the oldest known alcoholic beverages on record, mead is full of both history and flavour!
Flight includes Sparkling Mead, Honey Mead, Spiced Mead and Liqueur Mead.
Book a mead flight with us to try four of our delicious meads.
Please note that we are unable to accommodate dietary requests for canapés.
Upon arrival to the cellar door guests will be escorted to our private tasting room ‘The Loft’. You will be treated to a seated and private food and wine adventure. Our Tasting Flight consists of four generous tastes of specially chosen Maxwell wine along with delicious bite-sized canapes from the acclaimed Maxwell Restaurant, allow 45 minutes for the experience.
Embark on a behind the scenes tour of our working winery and learn about the winemaking process – from the arrival of the grapes to the press, fermenting and blending methods adopted to produce our premium wines. Here, you’ll witness barrels of wine patiently waiting to mature and discover the fascinating process the winemaker goes through to help the wine realize its true potential.
Whilst amongst the barrels, you’ll enjoy an exclusive private tasting experience and discover more about the fascinating history and heritage of Maxwell. You’ll then have a rare opportunity to taste wine directly from the barrel to compare the oaks they are maturing in – just like a winemaker!
Our restaurant has some of the most impressive views in McLaren Vale, which you can admire whilst you indulge in Chef Fabian Lehmann’s latest culinary masterpiece. Each course is carefully curated with seasonal and regional produce that is perfectly paired with wines from our current vintage, so you’re certain to uncover your new favourite drop.
Please note, this experience will be around 4.5 hours in total – finishing around 3.30 pm with your lunch at 12:30 pm.
This booking is subject to restaurant availability.