Slider with alias DISMV2 not found.

sustainability in wine

Come on a journey of discovery as we guie your through the world of sustainability in wine on your own private McLaren Vale wine tour.

Did you know that many commercially available wines can use egg products, fish products, fake tannin, fake colour and much more in the winemaking process, along with various harsh chemicals used in the vineyard? It’s ussally so they can pump out more consistent product and drive shareholder profits.

On this sustainability focussed wine tour, you’ll visit family-owned wineries who focus on sustainable largely-organic growing practices in the vineyard, and keep the extra nasties out of your wine.

You’ll learn what it means to be organic and biodynamic and how it benefits not only the ecosystems surrounding and supporting the vineyards, but how it makes for a better wine in the glass.

What’s more, you’ll realise that these wines may not only be better for the planet, but better for your health too. Sante!


> Being biodynamic tour and tasting at organic winery Gemtree
> Wine tasting with Sustainable Wine Growing Australia stars Oliver’s Taranga
> Seasonal tasting-menu lunch included at The Salopian restaurant
> Wine tasting at another small family-owned organic/sustainable winery
> Contribution to the McLaren Vale Biodiversity Project



1   off to McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale

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

Barosa Valley Landscape

Your introduction to the beautiful Barossa will start on a high-point, at the towering Menglers Hills lookout with views across the expansive region. Here you’ll have a breathtaking visual introduction to the grape-growing landscape, how it was formed, and what that means in real-terms for winemaking today.
After a brief run-down of the Barossa’s varied subregions and maybe a selfie or two, we’ll whisk you away over the top of the hill into the lesser seen high-country of the Barossa – the cooler climate of the Eden Valley.

3   Oliver’s Taranga

History & Heritage Thumbnail

The Oliver family are 6th generation McLaren Vale grape growers, being some of the first to plant grapes back in the early 1830’s. Experiementing with more suitable varieties for our warm Mediterranean climate and farming sustainably, they were an inaugural member of Sustainable WineGrowing Australia- McLaren Vale.

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).


5   Small Local Sustainable Winery


Depending on who’s available and what type of wines you like, we’ll team you up with another small family owned winery with a focus on sustainable practices, minimal addition, low-sulfur vegan-friendly wines. With so many choices out there like Inkwell, Bondar, Yangarra, Bekkers – there are endless options to fill out your sustainable-minded McLaren Vale wine tour.

After a full day of wine touring throughout McLaren Vale, we’ll have you safely back in your Adelaide accommodation around 5:30pm.

6   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.

      We did the McLaren vale tour with Matthew from Small Batch Wine Tours. Matt's choices of wineries were great, they covered the spectrum of well known, to leading edge... read more