small group mclaren vale wine tour
Venture off the beaten path with Small Batch to discover hidden-gem wineries on a premium small-group McLaren Vale wine tour like no other.
With us you’ll see, taste, smell, and learn for yourself along the way, like the difference between Grenache and Graciano. We’ll teach you what effect the climate has on the taste of a wine. We want you to become an informed customer when purchasing wine, instead of just guessing or buying based on price.
Ever wondered what happens betwen the grape and the glass? How come Shiraz tastes different depending where it comes from? What makes a wine organic or vegan, and what difference does it make?
We’ll answer all your questions and more during an engaging day uncorking scenic McLaran Vale, visiting any special requests for wineries, and including a stellar lunch at The Salopian to create for your the most amazing McLaren Vale wine tour around!
MCLAREN VALE WINE TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
>We’re flexible to your requests – wineries chosen to suit our guests
>We include premium wineries the cheaper tours avoid
>All-inclusive means no stress with no tasting fees to pay on the day
>Super-small tours groups – we leave with 2-6 guests onboard
>Seasonal tasting-menu lunch included at ever-popular The Salopian
EXAMPLE MCLAREN VALE WINE TOUR ITINERARY
1 off to McLaren Vale
Meet your host at your city accommodation around 9:15am, along with other guests who may be joining you. Your journey takes you South through the scenic Adelaide Hills, passing through the historic settlement of Clarendon. Get to know your group and your guide as they find out what you’d all like to experience on tour.
Relaxing in the fresh country air with views across the impressive Beresford Estate, you’ll be serenaded by local birdsong as you’re guided through a tasting of estate grown wines. If you’re lucky you’ll spot wild kangaroos, ofter seen frolicking among the vines.
Here you’ll taste a range of everyday wines made in a traditional full-bodied style. It’s an introduction to the wines McLaren Vale is known for, and what you’d expect to find at most retailers.
Meandering our way up the hillside, in just ten minutes time you’ll find yourself rolling down the tree-lined boulevard to picturesque K1 Winery. Technically situated in the Adelaide Hills wine region, why are we here on a McLaren Vale wine tour?
This is a great chance to contrast the wines from the Mediterannean climate of McLaren Vale against those of the cooler climate at K1. You’ll really be able to taste, smell, and understand the differences.
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 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).
Find a shady tree to relax under or some vintage furniture to sink into in the eclectic cellar door at Alpha Box & Dice. Creating a figurative Alphabet of Wine, they’ve become a champion of South Australia’s alternative varieties, exhibiting innovation at every step of the process by bending traditional winemaking norms.
As you can imagine, here you’ll taste the unexpected, from grape varieties to techniques, in a feat of flavour gymnastics. Limber up!
6 Samuel’s Gorge Wines
Perched on a hillside overlooing the Onkapararinga Gorge is this truly hidden gem boutique winery. Realx on the lawns in the afternoon sun with a view over the National Park, or take up a spot in their warmly welcoming tasting room. You’ll be guided through their range of forward thinking, masterfully created wines. Their friendly and relaxed tasting experience is the perfect way to end your McLaren Vale wine tour before heading back to Adelaide for around 5:00pm.
I was collected from my hotel and taken on a tour of the Barossa valley, we visited four smaller family owned wineries. The tasting rooms were all very well presented... read more