McLaren Vale
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Our most recommended McLaren Vale Day Trips

McLaren Vale: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with City or Local Pickup

1. McLaren Vale: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with City or Local Pickup

Discover South Australia’s popular McLaren Vale wine region just 40 minutes south of Adelaide on a hop-on-hop-off tour. Hop on and off along the trail as you please and visit up to 15 wineries. Tour your way with the help of a comprehensive timetable and info-pack to assist your planning. Set along the Fleurieu coastline, McLaren Vale offers lush rolling vines and hilltop views over the valley and to the sea. During your tour, admire the spectacular vistas from many of the optimally sited wineries, and enjoy the picnic areas and benches suitable for all. Along the trail, take advantage of the chance to taste various wines from McLaren Vale, which is now as much known for its newer wine styles such as Sangiovese and Barbera as it is for the more traditional Shiraz, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Shiraz still accounts for 50% of the crush and for good reason – any fan of big dry reds will love the world-class Shiraz coming out of this region. The trail also makes the most of McLaren Vale's rich and varied food offerings, and there are options to suit every taste and budget. Nibble on a grazing platter of local produce, indulge in some fine dining, or grab a bite at one of the numerous cafes and bakeries in the township. Alternatively, bring a picnic and perch on the hilltop at Kay Brothers enjoying the serenity and stunning views.

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Adelaide: Highlights, Hahndorf, & McLaren Vale Wine Tastings

2. Adelaide: Highlights, Hahndorf, & McLaren Vale Wine Tastings

Join this full-day small-group tour featuring some of Adelaide's finest experiences, including a visit to the German settlement town of Hahndorf and two wine tastings. Pickup is available from selected locations around Adelaide CBD. Tour itinerary: Depending on your selected pickup point, you will be collected at around 9:00 AM. The tour starts with a city highlights tour. As you get your bearings, learn about Adelaide's history and gain some insider secrets from your tour guide, the must-dos, the places to visit, and the best restaurants at which to enjoy Adelaide's finest food. Traveling out of the city, the tour takes you to visit the iconic Adelaide Oval (events permitting). Then, head through picturesque North Adelaide, scattered with stunning Federation architecture and lavish homes. Be sure to have your camera ready because the next stop is a spectacular view of Adelaide from the summit of Mount Lofty. From Mount Lofty, it's on to Hahndorf. The German settlement of Hahndorf is an absolute delight. With its abundance of boutique shops and eateries, there's plenty to explore as you enjoy 2 hours of free time to do whatever you please. Meet the bus back at Bus Stop 54 on the main street of Hahndorf. Climb back on board, sit back, relax, and enjoy the short but scenic drive through the heart of the beautiful Adelaide Hills en route to the iconic wine tasting region of McLaren Vale. Once you arrive at McLaren Vale the first stop is the stunning Chapel Hill Winery. Have your taste buds primed and your camera poised as your host at Chapel Hill tantalizes you with a wonderful wine tasting experience at their picturesque cellar door. From Chapel Hill, you'll wind through the stunning countryside, with grapevines and sea views as you head to the next winery, the quaint Shingleback Winery. This Wine tasting is really relaxed and you'll get to enjoy a structured tasting of Shinglebacks finest wines. If you're peckish, you can purchase a cheeseboard to enjoy with your wine. Now the tour heads back towards Adelaide, but taking the scenic route. Gaze out at the Adelaide coastline as you journey towards the final destination of the day, Adelaide's beautiful seaside suburb of Glenelg. There are two options here. Either take a 20-minute stroll to check the place out and hop back on board or stay and make your own way back on the tram.

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From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Small Group Winery Tour

3. From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Small Group Winery Tour

Explore the McLaren Vale wine region in the comfort of a small-group guided tour that visits five to six wineries, cellar doors, gin rooms, and/or breweries during your day trip.  Depart on a 45-minute journey to the McLaren Vale wine region in the air-conditioned comfort of a luxury Mercedes Benz. Arrive in McLaren Vale in time for the opening of wineries and underground cellars throughout the area. Enjoy the pportunity to do tastings at iconic and boutique wineries, some of which are off the beaten track, selected especially to suit your tastes.  Learn about viticulture and how to identify your favorite wine during tasting sessions with the region’s winemakers. Savor a delicious regional lunch platter, served at a local cellar, comprising of local cheeses, meats, salads, and breads. After lunch, you will continue to visit the remaining wineries, gin rooms, and breweries on the itinerary, before departing back to your accommodation at around 4:30 PM.

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From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Winery Tour

4. From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Winery Tour

Create your dream tour of McLaren Vale with this customizable tour of the region's best wineries. Choose from a variety of different wineries, such as Chapel Hill, Cradle of Hills, Doc Adams, Hardys Tintara, Lazy Ballerina, Wirra Wirra or Yangarra. There is also a chance to meet the winemaker (via prior appointment). After getting picked up from your hotel in Adelaide or Glenelg, set out on your journey towards McLaren Vale, with an option to take the scenic route through the Adelaide Hills along the way. During your tour, visit 4 wineries where you will get a talk on how the wine is made, taste the wines and then get a chance to purchase your favorites. Later, explore the galleries, studios, shops and food producers on the McLaren Vale main street including Medlow Confectionery, home to the famous FruChocs. Finish your tour with lunch at a location of your choice before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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Adelaide: Private Customizable Wine and Sightseeing Tour

5. Adelaide: Private Customizable Wine and Sightseeing Tour

Create your dream tour of the Adelaide Hills and surrounding areas and visit only the sights that interest you the most. Together with up to 5 other guests, travel through the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Mclaren Vale, and Clare Valley wine regions. Discover the best South Australia has to offer from your expert guide/driver. Visit both iconic and boutique wineries as well as local attractions including Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving settlement. Choose which wineries to visit based on your individual tastes, or alternatively opt out of visiting wineries and simply admire the best sights and attractions in the area.

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Mclaren Vale Hills Vines and Wines Bike Tour from Adelaide

6. Mclaren Vale Hills Vines and Wines Bike Tour from Adelaide

You will be picked up in central Adelaide and transported to Kuitpo Forest, a beautiful spot above the McLaren Vale wine region. You will be provided with a good quality mountain bike with front suspension & disc brakes, and a helmet if you do not have your own. Set off to explore the forest. Kangaroos and koalas can regularly be seen on the ride. Next is a lovely descent down Willunga Hill towards McLaren Vale, and then it’s time for wine tasting. Then ride through the vineyards and stop at a number of local wineries to sample their fare and perhaps purchase some wine to take home with you. Stop for a lunch comprising of a local produce platter along the way.  In the afternoon leave it to the group to decide your final visits- maybe a micro-brewery, another winery, a cafe/chocolate stop for a little desert, or if it’s really warm maybe a swim stop at one of the beautiful beaches that fringe the Vale. Finally, you will be picked up and transported back to Adelaide.  The ride is fairly leisurely and is suitable for anyone who is happy riding a bike on firetracks and country roads. The van can also pick up your wine purchases along the way so you don't have to carry them.

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Adelaide: Full-Day Vines and Victor Harbor Eco Adventure

7. Adelaide: Full-Day Vines and Victor Harbor Eco Adventure

Take a scenic drive to Victor Harbor, and take an interpretive walk around the historic Granite Island. Discover the history, geology, and nature of the local area. Sit down for a delicious picnic lunch from a sustainable local caterer. Next, enjoy a 45-minute open ocean boat cruise to Seal Island. Witness the spectacular Waitpinga Cliffs and look out for seabirds such as petrels, shearwaters, and cormorants. Looping around Seal Island, see Australian sea lions and long-nosed fur seals basking in the sun or frolicking in the water. After a short drive to the McLaren Vale wine region arrive at d'Arenberg Winery with time to explore the famous cube before enjoying a tasting session of their delicious biodynamic wines. Begin your progressive wine tasting and learn about the biodynamic practices and philosophy behind this family-owned property. Finish off the afternoon with a Vintner’s platter and glass of Gemtree regional wine, before your afternoon drive back to Adelaide city.

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From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Boutique Winery Group Tour

8. From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Boutique Winery Group Tour

Discover premium boutique wineries in McLaren Vale as part of an intimate small-group tour. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at a popular restaurant and taste the best wines in the region as you uncover the secrets that make McLaren Vale such a special place. Whisk away from your hotel to McLaren Vale in a luxury vehicle and prepare for a day of fine wines and food. Enjoy door-to-door transfers throughout the tour. Combining insider knowledge along with your special requests, your professional wine guide will create a customized itinerary and the perfect day out for your group. Typically visiting smaller boutique wineries, get a chance to taste some of the area's best wines with a strong focus on quality over quantity. Enjoy tastings at two wineries in the morning and two more in the afternoon. In between, savor one of McLaren Vale's most famous lunches at the Salopian Inn. The team at the Salopian will bring you a seasonal spread of their most popular dishes, often sourced from their own organic garden, with your choice of local wine or beer.

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What people are saying about McLaren Vale

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Great host, great knowledge and thoroughly enjoyed each experience! Offered a well rounded introduction to Adelaide and all it has to offer. Craig is a welcoming host willing to share his passion for this wonderful city. We will be back!!!

Wonderful day from start to finish. Loved Hahndorf, very pretty and quirky place. Otto's bakery supplied a delicious pie for lunch. Was a surprise to see'The Cube'. Highly recommended.

You have to be prepared to pay for your wine samples. Enjoy the tour, and finish with a visit to the Gin distillery

Nathan was awesome Really well organised and run tour Fun crowd too Great day Will do it again when we can

Excellent and informative tour. Highly recommended