McLaren Vale and Hills Wine Tour
Explore McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills in a day
Explore both McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills in one day on this wine tour through two of the most popular regions in Australia. The tour starts down on the coast and amongst the tapestry of vineyards in McLaren Vale prior to climbing into the forested and agricultural areas of the Adelaide Hills. Take the opportunity to taste different wines from the two regions, both known for their different up and coming styles of wines.
Enjoy panoramic views of the Adelaide coastline, visit one of the oldest family wineries in Australia, Angove Family Wines, indulge at the Almond Train, enjoy a 2 course lunch at the ever popular Red Poles, take in views of McLaren Vale from the Ranges, stop for a wine taste at the scenic K1 Winery, travel through Hahndorf and enjoy a visit to the Beerenberg Farm Shop, wine tasting at Nepenthe Wines and go koala spotting in the some of the Adelaide Hills back roads.
$289 per guest
Adelaide hotel pickups from 8:15 am
Intimate, small group touring with no more than 12 guests, morning pickup and post tour drop off from selected Adelaide Hotels, 3 standard wine tastings, 2 course lunch, informative commentary by a local driver/ guide, bottled water.
Start your day being greeted by your friendly guide at your hotel or prearranged pickup location within Adelaide. Your guide will ensure that your experience with us will be relaxing and enjoyable and if you have any special requests on the day, please make sure to let them know.
As our guides are passionate locals, they are more than happy to give additional advice on other attractions or places to visit during your stay in Adelaide.
Port Noarlunga Lookout
Travel along the beaches of Adelaide's southern coastline to arrive at Port Noarlunga. Home to a number of heritage buildings, the old port town has a history dating back to 1856 when ships loaded at the jetty with grain from the the region and sailed to Sydney and New Zealand.
Today Port Noarlunga is a popular holiday destination and fishing spot overlooking the waters of St Vincent's Gulf and spectacular coastal views of the Fleurieu Peninsula, which you will be able to experience from the towns lookout.
Angove Family Wines
Angove Family Winemakers is a fifth generation family business dedicated to crafting super premium and single vineyard wines from McLaren Vale, together with diverse wines from some of South Australia’s great wine growing regions.
With a history dating back to 1886 when Dr William Angove started making wines, the family has grown and developed the business with vineyards in a range of regions around South Australia. This is a great asset when producing wines of many varieties using fruit sourced from their own Australian certified organically grown vineyards. Enjoy a taste from their range today.
Almond Train and Robern Menz Chocolates
Make a stop in the heart of McLaren Vale to visit the The Almond Train and Robern Menz Chocolates, home to the FruChocs shop. The Almond Train has been McLaren Vale's one stop shop for the last 30 years showcasing the best gourmet foods the region has to offer.....and yes, it is based in an old 1920s railway carriage.
Most South Australians would recognise the name FruChocs as being one of the icons of the state, a chocolate coated apricot and peach ball which Robern Menz started producing in 1948 due to a glut of Riverland fruit at the time. The ever popular confectionery is just one of their large range of products you can find in their FruChocs shop today.
Today you will visit Red Poles Restaurant and Gallery for your 2 course lunch.
Established in 2005 as a restaurant, gallery and bed and breakfast, Red Poles has developed into a popular destination for it's delicious meals within their spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas and their support of local craft beer, wine and gin. Art lovers also love the mix of art including the Indigenous art gallery space.
Their warmth hospitality is often enjoyed by full houses on weekends, when on a Sunday You can relax to the sounds of talented musicians.
K1 Winery by Geoff Hardy
Next we leave McLaren Vale behind and climb into the Adelaide Hills and arrive at the K1 Winery. The beautifully situated K1 cellar door overlooks the lake and vineyard, and has been recognised as one of Australia's Top 10 Cellar Door Experiences by leading wine industry publication, Wine Business Magazine.
Lets just say that Geoff Hardy found the perfect location for producing cool climate grapes in the Adelaide Hills when in 1987 he established a vineyard in the Kuitpo region. Being the first commercial planting of vines in the region, he decided upon the name of K1.
Enjoy a taste in the lake side cellar door today.
Beerenberg Farm Shop
Travelling further north into the Adelaide Hills we arrive at the Beerenberg Family Farm, owned by the Paech family whose ancestors first started farming the land in 1839. They arrived as part of the group of German settlers who started the township of Hahndorf, which makes sense when you discovery the meaning of the word Beerenberg is German for "Berry Hill", the name that has been adopted since 1971.
Enjoy exploring the Farm Shop which is full of locally grown jams, chutneys, gourmet relishes and sauces and we can't not include, strawberries!
Travel through the village of Hahndorf and escape into the rolling hills of the Onkaparinga Valley. The next winery of Nepenthe gives guests panoramic views of the Hills, looking over their estate grown vineyards towards the summit of Mount Lofty.
Established in 1994, Nepenthe was driven by the vision to become one of the region's benchmark wineries, known for producing premium wines that showcase the unique nature of their home. Enjoy a tasting of their diverse range of wines that utilise fruit grown at different sites within the region.
Travel back to Adelaide
After a day of sightseeing and wine tasting, enjoy your tour out of the Adelaide Hills whilst Koala spotting on some of the back roads, before travelling through the South Eastern suburbs arriving back in Adelaide by 5.15 pm.
McLaren Vale & Adelaide Hills Wine Tour
What to Bring
Comfortable walking shoes
warm/ wet weather clothing through the cooler months of the year.
Your spirit of wine tasting adventure
Tour Bits & Tips
The Adelaide Hills Wine region is quite large and extends for over 70 kilometres from the north to the south and over 30 kilometres from the east to the west. With all that space it is understandable to say that the region is home to 90 wine labels and over 50 cellar doors!
Did you know that McLaren Vale is one of the most ancient and geologically diverse regions in the world and that is has 19 distinct areas based on climate and geology. Imagine how that diverse range of influences helps to create some of the best fruit for making wine around!
You might be interested to know that McLaren Vale has the highest number of certified organic and biodynamic vineyards in Australia...pretty cool, right!
Sauvignon Blanc is the largest white wine variety planted in the Adelaide Hills where in McLaren Vale you'll discover that Shiraz is making the charge at over 50 percent of vineyards in the region.