When you think of Adelaide wineries three locations spring to mind: McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills, and, the Barossa. If you head a bit further south from McLaren Vale, you'll find a seaside cellar door that is worth stopping by. The Mill at Middleton is home to the Ulithorne Winery cellar door, and offers interesting wine tastings in a unique spot.
The Mill at Middleton is an old flour mill from the 1800s, just off the coast of Middleton. It is a gorgeous old building with plenty of history behind it, and it makes the perfect setting for enjoying a glass or two of wine.
Ulithorne have a unique list of wines to their name. Not only are there the wines made with grapes from the McLaren Vale region, but you'll also find a special blend that comes all the way from France. This isn't just a case of importing a few bottles, and slapping on the Ulithorne name. They are made by Ulithorne's winemaker, Rose Kentish, at Domaine de la Sangliere. They do well to highlight the bond between wine regions around the world.
At the Mill you can pull up a bar stool, for a regular wine tasting, or why not order a cheese platter and sit back at one of the tables as the wines are brought to you. You can even just order a coffee and a cake, and enjoy a catch up in the stunning building. It is a relaxed and comfortable way to learn more about the Ulithorne wines.
The Mill at Middleton is steeped in history, so it makes sense that you can also do a bit of antique shopping while you're there. Head through to the back room where you'll fine gorgeous old French amoires, or sturdy chairs with a story to tell. Amongst these hand chosen pieces, you're sure to find a treasure or two.
It is uncommon to find too many cellar doors so far from their McLaren Vale wineries, but in a region that is encapsulated by the 'sea and vines', Middleton seems like the perfect location.
The cellar door is open on Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays from 10am till 4pm.