The renowned wine region McLaren Vale is only 40km away from the vibrant city of Adelaide and therefore, one of the most accessible in South Australia. There are approximately 100 cellar doors to indulge in, with many delicious styles of food to accompany the wine.
Are you interested in going to McLaren Vale but are unsure as to what venues there are and what wineries to visit?
If you prefer to get an idea before speaking to our friendly tour coordinator, why don't you try out the new McLaren Vale Wineries App we are currently working together with?
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With Des's Minibus you can explore the McLaren Vale the way you like. We offer both public tours with set itineraries, which are perfect if you are travelling alone or in small groups, or private charters, where you can arrange your own itinerary for medium to large groups.
Itineraries for our public tours can be found below and are set with a pickup and drop off in the Adelaide CBD. Other travellers will most likely join you, so this is a great way to meet new people!
If you prefer to be picked up from your doorstep and arrange your own itinerary, a private charter will be most suitable for you. Please contact us on 08 8440 1600 or via our booking enquiry form for more information.
The itinerary is subject to change and some inclusions may vary or be replaced without notice.
1) Classic Tour - 7 hrs / min 5 pax - max 24 pax
This includes wine tasting fees, but no lunch, beer tastings, tea or coffee:
Wirra Wirra Wines - Australian Boutique Premium Wines - Penny's Hill Winery - Red Poles (Wednesday to Sunday only)
After a 9:00am departure from the Adelaide CBD we head to the first winery of the day: Wirra Wirra is a warm and friendly place to start your day and enjoy the new releases, museum wines and cellar door exclusives, including their famous award winning "Church Block".
Des’s Minibus will then take you to the Harrison Family – Australian Boutique Premium Wines – to experience a mini wine-appreciation session of a big range of local wines. The tasting includes the scrumptious chocolate “Delite”, that will leave you wanting more. Our driver will drop you off on the Main Rd of McLaren Vale where you can you can satisfy your individual taste buds in various boutique cafes or restaurants for lunch.
After the lunch break the tour will continue on to the Penny's Hill cellar door where you can sample the Galvanized Wine Group brands, whilst enjoying the picturesque view of the Rhode Island Red chooks and black-faced Suffolk sheep.
At the end of the day we stop at Red Poles winery where a variety of delicious wines or Vale Ale beers may be tasted. Take the opportunity to wind down in the beautifully set café with a nice relaxing coffee while you reminisce on the day. We will be back in Adelaide at approximately 4:15pm.
Price pp $85.00
2) Boutique Tour - 7 hrs / min 5 pax - max 13 pax
Includes all wine tasting fees, lunch and the cheese platter.
Wirra Wirra Wines - Ekhidna Wines - Leconfield Wines - Fox Creek Winery
Come and enjoy a wine appreciation tour and discover some of the little and well known boutique wineries in McLaren Vale. After departing Adelaide CBD at 9:00am, we begin with Wirra Wirra winery, world famous in McLaren Vale, especially for its 'Church Block" Wine, and has much to offer for both the seasoned wine connoisseur and the complete novice.
After a tasting at Wirra Wirra we travel on to Ekhidna Wines, who have re-located to new premises in early 2017. Enjoy their handcrafted wines, chat with wine maker and owner Matt Rechner if he is around, or enjoy a beer flight if you are after something different (beer flight at an additional cost).
Lunch is the next stop at picturesque Leconfield Wines where you get the chance to try some of their much awarded wines before enjoying a delicious platter made from local and imported produce.
After a scrumptious lunch you will visit the beautiful Fox Creek Winery for tastings and delicious dessert platter including cheese and fruit.
To end the day on a reminiscent note, we enjoy a stroll along the main street in McLaren Vale where you can visit any of the gourmet food places: the Almond Train, Menz Confectionary, the Olive Shop or Blessed Cheese to name a few.
After a relaxing drive home we arrive in Adelaide city at approximately 4:15pm.
Price pp $135.00