Sample TOUR ITINERARY
Your host will meet you at your Adelaide City or Glenelg accommodation where your journey will begin around 09:30am. All of our local guides are trained wine experts who will not only unlock the secrets of the McLaren Vale with you, but also help you to better understand all things sustainability in wine.
Your journey takes you South through the scenic hills, passing through the historic settlement of Clarendon enroute to McLaren Vale.
2 Gemtree – Being Biodynamic
Your introduction to sustainability in wine starts from the ground up with the Being Biodynamic tour at Gemtree. Here you’ll learn what it means to be biodynamically grown and how that benefits the vineyards and local ecosystems. You’ll finish your time at Gemtree by tasting through a selection of their fantastic estate grown wines in their cozy cellar door with views over the Vale.
3 hither & yon
Recently awarded as South Australia’s first certified carbon neutral winery, the Leask brothers of Hither & Yon have been thinking sustainability from way back. In their quaint cellar door you’ll hear their story and try from their range of alternative varieties that they’ve planted in order to combat the effects of a warming climate and limited water. “Now, more than ever, we believe regenerative agriculture is our guiding philosophy. Why? It is a dynamic holistic system which is down to earth, but also futurist.”
4 Seasonal Lunch at The Salopian
Operating out of a repurposed homestead built in 1851 and surrounded by McLaren Vale vineyard is one of South Australia’s favourite restaurants – The Salopian
. Here you’ll enjoy a seasonal feast sourced primarily from their own organic garden and local farmers. With a firm focus on sustainable produce and reducing waste, you’ll taste the flavours that define the region and have made this one of South Australia’s best regional restaurants
(all dietaries catered for).
]With a strong focus on sustainable practices, minimal addition, low-sulfur, vegan-friendly wines, Sherrah make some of the most forward thinking lo-fi wines available in the Vale. By leaving out all the chemical processes and additions allowed in wine these days, Sherrah wines are more natural, easy-drinking, and better for you than most of what you’ll find on the shelf at the big-chain liquor stores.
Dr Irina Santiago-Brown (half of the formidable husband & wife duo at Inkwell) developed the Sustainable Australia Winegrowing program that is used as the standard Australia-wide, and has helped catapult McLaren Vale to be one of the world’s brightest stars of wine sustainability. Hear the Inkwell story and taste their amazing wines in their stunning upcycled cellar door & boutique accomodation – Hotel California Rd.
After a full day of wine touring throughout McLaren Vale, we’ll have you safely back in your Adelaide accommodation around 5:30pm.
7 McLaren Vale Biodiversity Project
While Small Batch Wine Tours is a climate-positive business through the help of our friends at Ecologi, we also like to support local initiatives at a grassrooots level. As part of your experience, we’ll make a contribution to the McLaren Vale Biodiversity Project – a local project focussed on engaging the community to protect and enhance the biodiversity and sustainability of the McLaren Vale’s region.
Of course, if you’d like to make an extra contribution to the MVBP or Ecologi then you can do so at their websites.