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McLaren Vale Wine Tour- Private or food & wine Tour

The History

McLaren Vale is situated 40 kms south of Adelaide. The rolling vine-covered hills feed over 50 small, very individual wineries. The Region’s wines are described as the “middle palate of Australia” because they produce soft full flavoured wines.

Each October the Bushing Festival takes place, during which colourful wine making characters introduce the new vintages. The area enjoys a Mediterranean climate influenced by the St Vincent’s Gulf only six kms away.

The Tour

At 9a.m. we travel through the scenic Hills via the picturesque town of Clarendon to Coriole winery. Coriole‘s cellar door is a beautiful little ironstone cellar surrounded by magnificent views and gardens. They produce an outstanding range of wines, olives, olive oils and cheeses with some exceptional wines styles unique to their winery.

We visit d’Arenberg winery, which feature a range of outstanding and innovative wines, made by Chester Osbourne from this 4th generation family run winery.

Lunch will be at the charming Salopian Inn restaurant( or tapas style at Penny Hill winery). After lunch we visit the rustic Wirra Wirra winery, one of the premium wine producers in the area. Here we will taste their fine wines and also tour though this state of the art winery.

In the afternoon if time permits, we will visit more boutique wineries such as Fox Creek winery who produces exceptional wines. To make the tour more gourmet food tour, we may visit Brian’s Olives for a full introduction to Olives Oils and then focused and taste of the fine Tatachilla wines across the road. We may taste the locally produced Almonds at the Almond train and finish with a visit to Medlow Fine Gels and Chocolates.

Other interesting new wineries include Cascabel winery, with Spanish winemakers, and Hamiltons winery with wonderful views and great wines.

The area also abounds with almonds, flower farms, herbs, venison, yabbies and cheese producers or we may take a leisurely journey back to Adelaide via the Hills, visiting charming historic Willunga, an old slate mining town. We may also choose to return via the magnificent south coast. (Half day tours available).