McLaren Vale Winery Tours with a local

Wine Tours from Adelaide to Barossa Valley

McLaren Vale Wine Tour with Erin!

Having worked for 4 years in a previous life for a winery in McLaren Vale, I know the area reasonably well and it is as beautiful, friendly and abundant with things to do as it claims to be.

McLaren Vale produces arguable the best Shiraz in Australia, and there are many wineries in the area whom fight to bottle the best the region has to offer. But Shiraz is just the tip of the ice berg. There are plenty of companies who are getting it right with Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Viognier, just to name a few.

To get the best out of the region and sample the best produce, a wine tour is the way to go. Stop offs at 3 or 4 wineries, with lunch at one or another of the fine restaurants in the area makes for a brilliant day in the Vale.

Wineries that offer amazing matched wine degustation menus include The Kitchen Door at Penny’s Hill Cellars, d’Arry’s Verandah and d’Arenberg Winery, and Woodstock Coterie at Woodstock Winery. Food is paired with the establishments wines to produce a seamless food and wine experience.

If you’re not after a 3 or more course menu, why not enjoy a simple platter or light lunch at Coriole Winery, Wirra Wirra Vineyards or Leconfield Wines.

Other wineries not to be missed for tastings include Hardy’s Tintara, Hugh Hamilton, Primo Estate, Rosemount, Paxton, Chapel Hill, Shingleback, Maxwell’s and many more.

If you want to break up the day with something a little different, you can also visit The Almond Train to sample over 25 different types of flavoured almonds, sneak in a few bags of Menz products at The Fruchocs Shop or try ‘Olive Mite’ at Brian’s Olive Shop. Red Poles also offers great food, wine and an art gallery of local artists work to give you a bit of culture.  After you taste the flavourful wine, you can also visit the best destinations for Outback tours.

So, get a small or large group of friends together and organise a great day out.