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From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Small Group Winery Tour

1. 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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Adelaide: McLaren Vale & The Cube Day Trip

2. Adelaide: McLaren Vale & The Cube Day Trip

Leaving Adelaide, head out through the southern suburbs and along the metropolitan coastline. Enjoy coastal views as you head to McLaren Vale Information Centre for morning tea. There is an opportunity to sample wines from some of the regions smaller wineries that do not have cellar doors at an additional cost. Then it’s on to one of the highlights of your day, the d’Arenberg Cube. Nestled amongst the vineyards, this 5 level “Rubiks cube” has been carefully designed to entice and excite the senses. From the Alternate Realities Museum to the many art installations on display there is so much to see and experience whilst you are there. Enjoy a formal wine tasting on Level 4, before heading down to Polly’s Restaurant for your 2-course lunch. Next visit Beresford Wines, where you can choose from one of 3 tastings in their brand new Tasting Pavilion. The Premium Wine Tasting introduces you to a selection of their wines from the Estate and Limited Release range. The Vale Brewing Tasting offers up to five craft beers from the seasonable Vale range. And the third option is the 23rd Street Distillery tastings, where you can choose from 5 craft spirits or 3 craft gins. The final cellar door is Wirra Wirra Vineyards, located amongst the gum trees in the historic ironstone cellars. Enjoy a short tour of the cellars and a structured tasting of their range of quality wines. Look out for the ‘catapult’ and the ¾ tonne Angelus Bell in the picturesque grounds surrounding the cellar door. Finish the day with some spare time in the main street of McLaren Vale. You may like to pop into the Menz Chocolate Store for some sweet treats, wander up the road to Blessed Cheese, or explore the Fleurieu Arthouse housed on the historic Hardys Tintara site. Then settle back on the coach for your return trip to Adelaide.

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From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Winery Tour

3. 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

4. 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: Private Gemtree Wines Biodynamic Winery Tour

5. McLaren Vale: Private Gemtree Wines Biodynamic Winery Tour

Allow yourself to have a refreshing change from the city and sample some fine wine in McLaren Vale. The moon and nature are secret contributors to Gemtree's wines. Join this private tour and see how they apply biodynamic farming with a bite to eat and a glass of wine. Your knowledgeable guide will share details about biodynamic grape growing and winemaking processes during a relaxing walk and you will see firsthand how this philosophy is applied in the vineyards. Complete your tour with a delicious regional platter featuring some of the vale’s finest cured meats, cheeses, condiments, and locally baked bread along with a glass of Gemtree regional wine. Enjoy a bottle of wine (from the regional range) to take home as a gift.

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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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Wirra Wirra Vineyard: Shiraz Revolution Tour

8. Wirra Wirra Vineyard: Shiraz Revolution Tour

Choose the  ultimate shiraz and museum wines experience, with decadent chocolates to indulge in also. This is an intimate winery tour, where you will learn about barrel aging in Wirra Wirra's historic ironstone cellars, and taste five of Wirra Wirra's best shiraz wines, including a rare museum wine in Trott’s Original Cellar Door. This is your chance to share in the illustrious history of Wirra Wirra and ,taste the very best of McLaren Vale's most famous varietal. The more adventurous guests will also have the opportunity to ring Wirra Wirra's iconic ¾ tonne Angelus Bell and hear their efforts peal out across McLaren Vale. 

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What people are saying about McLaren Vale

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Gregg put together a great wine tour of small boutique wineries. We are so glad that we did not have our own list as Gregg's choices were excellent. Not only did they provide great wines for our tasting but the wine makers were all lovely, friendly, down to earth people who made us very welcome and where most interesting The day will be very high on our list of happy memories for many years to come. Well done Gregg and thank you. Pat and Paris.

Tour operator Nick had a strong passion for the McLaren Vale wine area that was displayed in his friendly and informative manner. A great day. Thank you.

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

A great day, not rushed but very enjoyable. The cube was the highlight. The driver was really good.

Definitely Wirra Wirra have the best wine on this tour ! It’s worth it by the end