The adelaide hills wine experience
With so many great options to choose from over such a vast area, there’s a world of opportunity on your own private Adelaide Hills wine tour. With our years of touring expertise and a great understanding of the Hills wineries, we’ve created the perfect flexible Adelaide Hills itinerary for any wine enthusiast.
To cover all bases, your experience will include visits to Deviation Rd for the best Sparkling wines in Australia; Tapanappa to discover the first vineyard planted in the Hills region; and Shaw + Smith for fantastic Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. With flexibility built in there’s room to explore some of the lesser known and off-the-beaten-path wineries too, those making super small batch wines that you won’t find in the large retailers.
All up we’ll choose 4 boutique wineries for you to visit during the day. If you’d prefer, you can tweak the experience to suit your personal preferences from the get go. Send us your special requests and we’ll make it happen!
No matter what your persausion or level of expertise, you can trust our unparalleled insider knowledge to create the most memorable private Adelaide Hills wine tour just for you.
your ADELAIDE HILLS WINE TOUR
> Your choice of wine flight at Deviation Rd, Tapanappa, and Shaw + Smith
> Bonus wine flight from a super boutique producer chosen to suit your interests
> Fantastic lunch at one of the Hills’ best gastro-pubs
> We’re flexible, so tell us what you’d like to do and we’ll try to make it happen
> Fully private door-to-door luxury transport
The ADELAIDE HILLS WINE experience ITINERARY
1 off to the Adelaide Hills
Your host will meet you at your city accommodation where your journey will begin. All of our local guides are trained wine experts who will also help you unlock the secrets of the Adelaide Hills.
Your journey will take you East, snaking your way along the stunning Hills ridgeline and through Cleland Conservation Park to your first destination.
2 Mt Lofty Scenic Lookout
The expansive views from Mt Lofty across Adelaide City and out to the sea are, quite frankly, breathtaking. You’ll also catch a glimpse of the Piccadilly Valley from the East viewpoint, and have a close encounter with the local wildlife if you’re really lucky!
3 deviation rd winery
Known around Australia for producing some of the best Spakling Whites around, Deviation Rd is run by a husband and wife duo. Enjoy a flight of their famous Spakling wines in their quaint and cosy cellar door, or opt for a seasonal selection of their still wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz.
4 tapanappa wines
Located in the original vineyard planted by Brian Croser in the 70s, Tapanappa is the birthplace of wine in the Adelaide Hills. Having pioneered other wine regions further south, you’ll be able to try a wide range of cool climate wines from Sparkling, to Chardonnay and Pinot, and even Cabernet blends. With wines from his son-in-law also available for tasting, you could also opt for a lighter, fresher side of the HIlls.
5 stanley bridge tavern
What seems like a run down pub on the side of the road in a sleepy Hills village opens up inside to be one of the best hidden gems that even Adelaide locals have yet to wise up to! Run by a formidable duo in the Adelaide wine trade, this pub has an extensive wine list sourced from around the world, and we’re yet to be disappointed by any thing the kitchen turns out.
7 bonus boutique winery
When you book your tour, you’ll have the chance to leave us with any special requests, or just let us know the sort of wines you really love the most. We’ll do our best to dig deep into our vault of wine knowledge and dig up something special just for you. With dozens of boutique wineries hidden throughout the region, we’ll be sure to find you something special – we have a few aces hidden up our sleeves!
Over the last 20 years, Shaw + Smith have grown and evolved to become one of the Hills most formidable wine brands. They now produce a range of world-class clool-climate wines from the Hills and further abroad. Seated in their glass walled tasting room or out on the sun deck, your host will guide you through a carefully selected range of their wines, matched with locally sourced cheeses.
After your full day of scenic winetasting, we’ll have you safely back in Adelaide for around 5:30pm.
A great day out. Matt from Small Batch Wine Tours has extensive knowledge of both the wine making process and the region. We opted for a tour of McLaren Vale... read more