Just a short drive from the CBD, the new Mitolo tasting room and restaurant in McLaren Vale serves up unique food offerings, fine wine and spectacular vineyard views.
Mitolo Wine’s recently opened tasting room and restaurant are a welcome addition to the McLaren Vale landscape. Nestled neatly in the picturesque Southern Vales wine region, the building itself paints an inviting picture. Perched at the end of a winding gravel driveway the industrial design of the Mitolo family’s bold new venture is unique and daring, incorporating 10 shipping containers joined by glass that frames breathtaking views of a natural creek, vast vineyards and the Willunga ranges. The surfaces are a mixture of tactile elements, off-form concrete and natural timber floors inspired by the look of oak barrels.
Inside, the tasting room greets you – a square bar that allows for plenty of seating and mingling, perfect for a lazy afternoon spent trying out the three structured tasting experiences, each served with accompaniments from the kitchen. New release and premium wines are on offer, while for wine connoisseurs Mitolo’s premium Marsican Shiraz is a must-try.
A natural extension of the wine tasting experience is the luxurious Bocca Di Lupo Restaurant. The name means ‘mouth of the wolf’ and is a term that pays homage to the Mitolo family’s roots in the Italian region of Abruzzo, whose parks and forests are home to the Italian wolf. The term is an idiom used in Italian opera and theatre to wish a person good luck, in much the same way ‘break a leg’ is used in English. Here you will enjoy head chef Tom Jack’s signature style, which is a complex fusion of modern Australian and subtle Asian combined with contemporary Italian. Not afraid to throw caution to the wind, Tom expertly pairs baby beetroot with licorice, chocolate and walnuts, and duck with foie gras (duck liver) and peaches. Of course, each dish is expertly matched with a selection from Mitolo’s premium range.
“The wines are an ideal match for the rustic foods of our heritage,” says founder Frank Mitolo, who made his first wine as a hobby in 1995. Five years later he released his first vintage of Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz, named after his children, Gemma, Alex and Marco. Opulent and robust, Mitolo’s flagship single vineyard Shiraz is a firm favourite.
“I love that we have been producing wines in McLaren Vale for almost 20 years,” says Frank, “and that late last year we opened our brand new Mitolo tasting room and restaurant. We now have a home for the Mitolo brand that is settled in the beautiful vista and community that is McLaren Vale, and the opportunity to showcase this exciting region and its wines.”