ABOUT SMALL BATCH WINE TOURS
Beginning operation in March of 2016, Small Batch Wine Tours is a fully accredited tourism business owned and operated by myself – passionate Adelaide local, Matthew Kurko.
I’m the sort of bloke that’ll go anywhere, having travelled independently to all corners of the globe – 36 different countries at last count. I’ve hiked the Himalayas with only a backpack and a map; led teams of scuba divers by day and by night off Caribbean islands; volunteered to take armies of Scouts on camps in the bush and on the water; and been searching through the deepest jungles to find rare and dangerous animals. I’ve brought this “take no prisoners” attitude to uncovering and sharing in the world’s greatest exploits into setting up Small Batch Wine Tours.
When setting up the business I met personally with winemakers and cellar door staff at each and every winery across the regions; I’ve tasted through their range of wines and bench-marked them to understand their style and quality – a “chore” that I’m forever keeping track of. As a result I’ve developed respect, relationships, and unique experiences other tour operators can’t provide.
It’s these special relationships I’ve made that differentiate what I can provide to my guests from every other operator out there – 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, the terroir, and the wine in order for you to grasp a better understanding and appreciation for what really goes on beneath the cork.
My tours aim to get people away from the cellar doors, to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of all things wine. Wineries, too, 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.
This is where the role of Small Batch Wine Tours differs to your average tour operator. Having forged relationships with wineries across the regions, I can take you behind the cellar door for a more intimate experience with the winemaker. Many of the wineries we visit don’t even have cellar doors.
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 for all our tour lunches.