Beginning operation in March of 2016, Small Batch Wine Tours is a fully accredited tourism business owned and operated by passionate Adelaide local, Matthew Kurko.
Having travelled independently to all corners of the globe to hike, taste, scuba dive, swill, and discover the road less travelled, he has brought his passion for uncovering and sharing in the world’s greatest exploits into setting up Small Batch Wine Tours.
Focussed on providing custom tailored tours to passionate wine-lovers and novices alike, his tours aim to get people away from the cellar doors, to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of all things wine.
Having met personally with winemakers and cellar door staff from across the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, and McLaren Vale, Matthew has tasted through their range of wines and developed unique experiences other tour operators can’t provide.
“Wineries seek to move away from the conventional offering to customers, to connect with them on a deeper level than can be afforded by pouring wine to groups en-masse. Many of the wineries we visit don’t even have cellar doors. Additionally, there has been a paradigm shift within the winemaking fraternity recently, moving further away from old world practices to push the envelope, resulting in an exciting new world of wine – something Small Batch Wine Tours aims to highlight.”
This is where the role of Small Batch Wine Tours differs to your average tour operator. Having forged relationships with wineries across the regions, Matthew can take you behind the cellar door for a more intimate experience with the winemaker.
“We can visit winemakers in their home, in their cellar, in their winemaking facility, or even in the vineyard, where we’re able to provide one-on-one insight into the technique and philosophy of individual winemakers. My flagship tour, the Small Batch Experience, aims to further develop my guest’s interest and passion for good wine, by curating specially designed itineraries for each group.
“We have arrangements to do vertical tastings, where you get to try the same wine across a range of vintages, or even horizontal tastings to showcase the same wine across a range of terroir. Food and wine matching experiences are also a highlight, and of course we teamed up with the best regional restaurants and local producers to bring you only the finest culinary offerings. “
Small Batch Wine Tours isn’t just about taking you to wineries to have you guess the rest. It is about an exploration of wine, of seasonality, of expression without limits. We seek to connect you with the people, the regions, and the wine in order for you to grasp a better understanding and appreciation for what really goes on beneath the cork.