Perfectly located 45 minutes south of Adelaide and just past the edge of suburbia you will discover a land of wealth, health and happiness called McLaren Vale! A place where you can keep to the beat of your own drum and desires with old vines, award winning wines, the freshest of produce, mouth watering restaurants and stunning beaches! All that you could ever need now and forever is in the Vale! Come and enjoy!
McLaren Vale Day Tour
Depart Adelaide from your city hotel and travel towards the southern suburbs of Adelaide and head to the coast. Enjoy views of the St Vincent Gulf waters as we make our way closer to the sandy beaches.
Our first stop is at the Port Noarlunga lookout where your guide will explain the lay of the land and also the development of the area over the decades. Take in the fresh sea air and snap a photo or two of the picturesque coastline as it travels further along into the Fleurieu Peninsula.
We continue our journey past newly developed residential land, open fields and the odd kangaroo, to enter into the McLaren Vale wine region and arrive at our first winery of Kay Brothers.
Kay Brothers is the oldest winery within the region that is still family owned, which is a great testament to the family who started their business back in 1890. Enjoy tasting a range of wines including some old vine Shiraz and Cabernet from the region.
As we travel to our next winery, we enjoy the views of the Mount Lofty Ranges that border one side of the Vale and we start to admire the opening tapestry of vineyards that run on down to the coastal edge.
Our next winery on our journey takes us to Angove Family Winemakers. Angove go back 5 generation when Dr William Thomas Angove arrived in Adelaide in 1886 and started making wine as tonic for his patients within his local practice. These days Angove Family Winemakers has developed to become one of Australia’s largest privately owned wine companies.
Enjoy a 2 course lunch at the popular Red Poles restaurant and art gallery. Whilst here you may wish to continue with a taste of the Brick Kiln range of wines at their intimate cellar door
An iconic name within the region, Australia and the world is Hardys. Visit Hardy’s Tintara winery for a tasting and inspect parts of their old winery like the open fermentation tanks within the 1860’s winery.
Whilst we are at Hardys, walk next door for a visit to The Almond Train for locally grown and flavoured almonds and produce. Or if chocolate is your thing, head across to Robern Menz Chocolates for a taste and to buy a gift for yourself.
A well known and highly regarded winery in the region is Paxton Winery. Arrive at the historic Landcross Farm, a local sheep and wheat farm on the old Willunga Road from the 1840’s where we discover the current day cellar door. Enjoy a taste of Paxton’s much sought after Shiraz wines while enjoying sweeping views of the Vale.
During the course of the day enjoy visiting another 1 or 2 wineries within McLaren Vale (time depending on how many we visit). These wineries may vary from day to day but may include the following - Wirra Wirra, Fox Creek, Chapel Hill Wines, Rosemount, Dogridge, Maxwells, Woodstock and many more.
At the end of our day we travel back to Adelaide whilst spotting the coastline and taking in city views as we drop down into the Adelaide area.
Arrive back in Adelaide at approximately 5.15 pm with a courtesy drop off back to your door.
Tour Code: MV38
Hotel pickup and drop off, travel from Adelaide and return, wine tasting at 5 wineries, visit to the Almond Train and Robern Menz Chocolates, a 2 course lunch* (see note below) and commentary from a local guide/ host.
Departs Adelaide - 09.15 am (pickups from 08.30 am)
Returns Adelaide - 5.15 pm
Regions visited - McLaren Vale
Operates - Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Scenic drive along the southern Adelaide coastline
Views from Port Noarlunga Lookout
Touring within the McLaren Vale region
Tasting at the oldest winery in the Vale – Kay Brothers
Experience the wines of Angove Family Winemakers
Enjoy the sweeping views of McLaren Vale and Southern Mount Lofty Ranges
Enjoy tasting at the iconic Hardys Tintara Winery
Visit Robern Menz chocolates
Taste at The Almond Train
Visit 1 to 2 other wineries with wine tasting
Travel back along the coast into Adelaide
informative commentary on local history and wine tutoring
*Tuesday lunch is a regional platter at a local venue.
This is a small group, shared tour of no more than 10 people.
This tour can be booked as a private tour for a more intimate experience.
If you have a group larger than 10 people, we can accommodate your group on a large group tour. Email or call for more information.