Old Reynella is a busy urban village brimming with pioneering and wine making heritage awaiting discovery as part of your visit to McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast.

A name famous in the region is the Reynell family, as the area was the site of the first plantings of grapevines in South Australia. Local landmark St Francis Winery Resort, was once home to three generations of Reynell family winemakers and the legacy of what is now Hardy’s Wines. To discover more and unlock the heritage and stories of the Reynell family and their contribution to the wine industry, head to the aptly named John Reynell Park (did you think it would be called something different?) and enjoy a picnic.

Visitors can also immerse themselves in yesteryear experiencing the Reynella Horse Changing Station and Museum. The station played a crucial role in the era of Cobb and Co, whereby it was the mid-way point for the coach run between Adelaide and Willunga. Built in the 1850’s, the changing station is believed to be the only one which was not attached to a hotel, but never fear, the Inn (now Crown Hotel) was close by. Today, the carefully restored building houses a collection of stories, historical artefacts and photographs, all bought to life by the passionate volunteers.

If you enjoy a leisurely stroll or ride, you can head along the Panalatinga Creek and link up with the popular Coast to Vines Rail Trail.

The main street is also definitely worth a wander, with businesses that will surprise and delight. Think health and wellness shops, cafés, restaurants, fashion house, and even a very quirky garden accessory centre. Just a little bit curious? Explore and enjoy all things Old Reynella.

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