The first British colonists were fully aware of the similarities between McLaren Vale and the coast of the north-west Mediterranean.

Within a few years of settlement they were making good wine here from cuttings they collected in the south of France.

In 1845, The South Australian  praised “the extensive and rich valley of McLaren … almost the whole of the country inns visited on this trip are neatly and cleanly kept … everywhere the traveller meets with civility and attention … and there was no lack of good viands.

Today McLaren Vale folks like to think that their region on the Gulf St Vincent, patron of viticulturers, has “the best Mediterranean climate on Earth.”

With this foremost in mind, Yangarra Estate is devoted solely to producing wines from the best grape varieties of the southern Rhone, which lies on the north-west Mediterranean coast.