Welcome to McLaren Vale
Flanked by the wheat-coloured Willunga Scarp and striated with vines, McLaren Vale is just 40 minutes south of Adelaide. Servicing the wine industry, it's an energetic, utilitarian town that's not much to look at – but it has some great eateries and offers easy access to some truly excellent winery cellar doors
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d'Arenberg McLaren Vale: Make Your Own Wine
d'Arenberg is the only winery in Australia to basket press both white wines as well as reds, making for a labor intensive process, but the quality of the results makes this worthwhile as the action is controlled and extremely gentle.This hands on, interactive experience allows you an experience like no other, the chance to play winemaker. A palette of wine parcels, each with distinctive flavors and textures, are melded in search of balance, fullness and finesse. The physical work has been done for you – the picking, crushing, fermenting, foot treading, basket pressing and barrel ageing, and you get to create a wine that is truly unique. You then bottle a 750ml sample to take home and show off to your friends.
d'Arenberg McLaren Vale: The Blending Bench and 8-Course Degustation with Wine Pairing
Arrive at d'Arenberg winery for your Blending Bench experience, where a palette of wine parcels, each with distinctive flavors and textures, awaits your blending in search of balance, fullness, and finesse. The physical work is already done for you—picking, crushing, fermenting, foot treading, basket pressing, and barrel aging. You'll create a wine that is truly unique, and then bottle, name, and label a 750-ml sample to take home and show off to your friends. Following your blending session, sit down to an 8-course degustation at d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, overlooking the rolling hills of McLaren Vale. An homage, if you like, to the old adage "variety is the spice of life," this meal is an exceptional way to end your d'Arenberg experience. The resulting combination of flavors and textures created between the food and wine pairings will be the highlight of your time in South Australia.
d'Arenberg McLaren Vale: The Dead Arm Shiraz Vertical Masterclass and Cheese Plate
Since its release in 1993 The Dead Arm Shiraz has received hundreds of accolades from wine critics and judges all over the world. This vertical masterclass offers the opportunity to delve into the history of this outstanding wine, whilst being skilfully guided through each back-vintage sample, matched to a cheese tasting plate.At the conclusion of the masterclass you receive a current vintage bottle of The Dead Arm Shiraz, presented in a gift box and signed by the winemaker, fourth generation family member Chester Osborn.This experience is hosted in the d'Arenberg original stables, built circa 1880 and faithfully restored by the Osborn Family in 2008. Inside this historic building visitors are invited to explore the quirky labels, McLaren Vale Geology, viticultural practices and winemaking philosophies.
Wirra Wirra Vineyard: Winery Tour Including Private Wine Tasting
Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal name meaning "amongst the gumtrees". Cousins Greg and Roger Trott bought the land at Wirra Wirra in 1969 and over the years it has grown into one of South Australia’s most iconic and well known wineries. Greg did this all in his own inimitable style - always passionate, always iconoclastic, always fun and always unique. Trott lived by a simple philosophy; "Never give misery an even break, nor bad wine a second sip. You must be serious about quality, dedicated to your task in life, especially winemaking, but this should all be fun." Greg died in 2005, but his spirit and sense of purpose is alive and well at Wirra Wirra. Learn the stories behind the wines and the late Greg Trott who created the first ever Church Block in this intimate back-of-house tour. The stories come to life over a private wine tasting in the original Cellar Door that Trott built all those years ago. The more adventurous guests will have the opportunity to ring our iconic ¾ tonne Angelus Bell and hear your efforts peal out across McLaren Vale.Guests will receive 10% discount on wine orders and complimentary freight on shipping to anywhere in Australia.
Wirra Wirra Vineyard: Winery Tour and Shiraz Masterclass
At Wirra Wirra, indulge in the ultimate shiraz experience with a selection of the best shiraz’s and museum wines. And if that doesn’t get you, the chocolate platter will. Go behind the scenes with an intimate winery tour, learn about barrel ageing in the historic Ironstone Cellars, and taste five of Wirra Wirra's best Shiraz' including a rare museum wine in Trott’s Original Cellar Door. Your chance to share in the illustrious history of Wirra Wirra and taste the very best of McLaren Vale's most famous varietal, all matched with the tantalizing flavors of a Four Winds Regional Chocolate Platter.The more adventurous guests will also have the opportunity to ring the iconic ¾ tonne Angelus Bell and hear your efforts peal out across McLaren Vale. Guests will receive 10% discount on wine orders and complimentary freight on shipping to anywhere in Australia.
Wirra Wirra Vineyard: Classic McLaren Vale Tour Including Grenache, Cabernet and Shiraz Masterclass
Wirra Wirra are proud of their credentials as an icon of McLaren Vale, and have a good understanding of the different varietals that make this region so famous. So come and join this in depth masterclass of the characteristics of Cabernet, Grenache and Shiraz in the Orginal Cellar Door. You'll get to see how each wine is made and the different techniques we use to bring out the very best from each of these grapes. And if that doesn’t get you, the tantalizing antipasto platter will. Come behind the scenes with an intimate winery tour, learn about barrel ageing in the historic Ironstone Cellars, and taste some of the very best wines, both single varietal and blend. Your chance to share in the illustrious history of Wirra Wirra and taste the very best of McLaren Vales most famous varietals. The more adventurous guests will also have the opportunity to ring our iconic ¾ tonne Angelus Bell and hear your efforts peal out across McLaren Vale. Guests will receive 10% discount on wine orders and complimentary freight on shipping to anywhere in Australia.