private McLaren Vale wine tour – customised

Are you looking for a private McLaren Vale wine tour and experiencing option overload with all the tour operators and winery choices available? We get it – you’ve spent so much time researching and nothing seems to fit. With only a limited amount of time available however, you want to make sure the wineries you visit are the right ones for you.

Book your own personalised wine tour with Small Batch and we’ll do all the hard work for you! We’ll combine our years of experience and personal connections with any of your special requests to create the perfect day out just for you.

Wineries showcasing Mediterranean varietals? You got it. Off the beaten track hidden-gem wineries? No problem. A selection of wineries, gin distilleries, and breweries? We’ve got you!

No matter what your persausion, you can trust our expertise and unparalleled insider knowledge to create the most memorable private McLaren Vale wine tour just for you.


> We’re flexible, so tell what you’d like and we’ll try to make it happen
> Access to boutique winemakers available only by special arrangement
> Behind the scenes, premium wine-flights, VIP access where appropriate
> Seasonal tasting-menu lunch included at The Salopian restaurant
> Fully private door-to-door luxury transport

how it works

When you place your booking you’ll be given the chance to leave us with your thoughts and any special requests. Along with a few themed options to choose from, this information helps guide us to create your special experience. While it helps us plan in advance, once we get to know you on tour we might figure out something even better for you and change plans on the day. For this reason we like to leave a little mystery and not divulge itineraries.


‘subregions of the vale’ theme


1   off to McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale vineyard scenery

Your host will meet you at your Adelaide City or Glenelg accommodation where your journey will begin. All of our local guides are trained wine experts who will help you unlock the secrets of the McLaren Vale and better understand all things wine.
Your journey takes you South through the scenic hills, passing through the historic settlement of Clarendon enroute to McLaren Vale.


2   Yangarra Estate

Yangarra wines and McLaren Vale soil profiles

As we climb over the Clarendon Hills the rolling green landscape opens up before us to the Blewett Springs subregion. Stopping at Yangarra Estate, you’ll thry through their range of wines grown on their biodynamically farmed estate. Located on a high plateau with sandy soils it has a much cooler climate to the rest of McLaren Vale.


3   Samuels Gorge

Private McLaren Vale wine tour tasting at Samuel's Gorge

With an idyllic location perched on the hillside overlooking the Onkaparinga Gorge, you’ll feel a million miles away from anywhere. The team at Samuels Gorge focus on sourcing their fruit from select coastal locations across the Vale and trying to let that fruit shine through with their wines. You’ll taste from a range of classic and Mediterranean varietial wines, ideally suited to this coastal wine region.


4   Seasonal Lunch at The Salopian

Private McLaren Vale wine tour 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 wherever possible. Taste the flavours that define the region and have made this one of South Australia’s best regional restaurants (all dietaries catered for).


5   Shottesbrooke – Ancient Soils

McLaren Vale wine soil types at Shottesbrooke

What better way to learn the diference soils can make on the taste of a wine then to have four different Shiraz grown in four different soils to taste and contrast side-by-side? Well that’s exactly what the Ancient Soils masterclass is, guided by the expert team at Shottesbrooke. You’ll be able to see, smell, taste, and learn the differences first hand – no matter your level of expertise!


6   Wirra Wirra Flagships

Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale Wine tasting room

Lovingly restored and repurposed as a luxury wine tasting venue, the original Ironstone Cellar at Wirra Wirra won the International Prize for Best in Wine Tourism 2020. Their flagship wines showcase the best examples of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Grenache from McLaren Vale. What a perfect way to finish off any McLaren Vale wine tour.

After your full day of winetasting, we’ll have you safely back in Adelaide for around 5:30pm.


    star rating  Didn't do the private tour and tasting, but did visit the Salvador Dali exhibit. Well displayed, spacious, well lit, and with useful descriptions and notes on each of the... read more

    Andrew T
    February 5, 2022