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Adelaide: Highlights, Hahndorf, & McLaren Vale Wine Tastings

1. Adelaide: Highlights, Hahndorf, & McLaren Vale Wine Tastings

Join this full-day small-group tour featuring some of Adelaide's finest experiences, including a visit to the German settlement town of Hahndorf and two wine tastings. Pickup is available from selected locations around Adelaide CBD. Tour itinerary: Depending on your selected pickup point, you will be collected at around 9:00 AM. The tour starts with a city highlights tour. As you get your bearings, learn about Adelaide's history and gain some insider secrets from your tour guide, the must-dos, the places to visit, and the best restaurants at which to enjoy Adelaide's finest food. Traveling out of the city, the tour takes you to visit the iconic Adelaide Oval (events permitting). Then, head through picturesque North Adelaide, scattered with stunning Federation architecture and lavish homes. Be sure to have your camera ready because the next stop is a spectacular view of Adelaide from the summit of Mount Lofty. From Mount Lofty, it's on to Hahndorf. The German settlement of Hahndorf is an absolute delight. With its abundance of boutique shops and eateries, there's plenty to explore as you enjoy 2 hours of free time to do whatever you please. Meet the bus back at Bus Stop 54 on the main street of Hahndorf. Climb back on board, sit back, relax, and enjoy the short but scenic drive through the heart of the beautiful Adelaide Hills en route to the iconic wine tasting region of McLaren Vale. Once you arrive at McLaren Vale the first stop is the stunning Chapel Hill Winery. Have your taste buds primed and your camera poised as your host at Chapel Hill tantalizes you with a wonderful wine tasting experience at their picturesque cellar door. From Chapel Hill, you'll wind through the stunning countryside, with grapevines and sea views as you head to the next winery, the quaint Shingleback Winery. This Wine tasting is really relaxed and you'll get to enjoy a structured tasting of Shinglebacks finest wines. If you're peckish, you can purchase a cheeseboard to enjoy with your wine. Now the tour heads back towards Adelaide, but taking the scenic route. Gaze out at the Adelaide coastline as you journey towards the final destination of the day, Adelaide's beautiful seaside suburb of Glenelg. There are two options here. Either take a 20-minute stroll to check the place out and hop back on board or stay and make your own way back on the tram.

From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Small Group Winery Tour

2. From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Small Group Winery Tour

Explore the McLaren Vale wine region in the comfort of a small-group guided tour that visits five to six wineries, cellar doors, gin rooms, and/or breweries during your day trip.  Depart on a 45-minute journey to the McLaren Vale wine region in the air-conditioned comfort of a luxury Mercedes Benz. Arrive in McLaren Vale in time for the opening of wineries and underground cellars throughout the area. Enjoy the pportunity to do tastings at iconic and boutique wineries, some of which are off the beaten track, selected especially to suit your tastes.  Learn about viticulture and how to identify your favorite wine during tasting sessions with the region’s winemakers. Savor a delicious regional lunch platter, served at a local cellar, comprising of local cheeses, meats, salads, and breads. After lunch, you will continue to visit the remaining wineries, gin rooms, and breweries on the itinerary, before departing back to your accommodation at around 4:30 PM.

From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Winery Tour

3. From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Winery Tour

Create your dream tour of McLaren Vale with this customizable tour of the region's best wineries. Choose from a variety of different wineries, such as Chapel Hill, Cradle of Hills, Doc Adams, Hardys Tintara, Lazy Ballerina, Wirra Wirra or Yangarra. There is also a chance to meet the winemaker (via prior appointment). After getting picked up from your hotel in Adelaide or Glenelg, set out on your journey towards McLaren Vale, with an option to take the scenic route through the Adelaide Hills along the way. During your tour, visit 4 wineries where you will get a talk on how the wine is made, taste the wines and then get a chance to purchase your favorites. Later, explore the galleries, studios, shops and food producers on the McLaren Vale main street including Medlow Confectionery, home to the famous FruChocs. Finish your tour with lunch at a location of your choice before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

From Adelaide: Boutique McLaren Vale Wine Tour with Lunch

4. From Adelaide: Boutique McLaren Vale Wine Tour with Lunch

Relax in luxury as you explore the less-touristed side of the gorgeous McLaren Vale wine region. Combine expert knowledge with your own recommendations and allow your guide to choose 4 boutique wineries for you to visit. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at one of the most known restaurants to breakup the day. With a strong focus on premium boutique wineries, you may visit world-renowned names like the d'Arenberg Cube should your group desire. Enjoy wine tastings at two wineries in the morning and at two wineries in the afternoon, breaking up your day with a banquet-style lunch at one of the Vale's most popular restaurants, The Salopian Inn. Savor a seasonal spread of their most popular dishes to share with your choice of local wine or beer. With door-to-door transfers from your Adelaide or Glenelg accommodation, and a group size of no larger than six, experience wine country in an intimate and relaxed group setting.

Mclaren Vale Hills Vines and Wines Bike Tour from Adelaide

5. Mclaren Vale Hills Vines and Wines Bike Tour from Adelaide

You will be picked up in central Adelaide and transported to Kuitpo Forest, a beautiful spot above the McLaren Vale wine region. You will be provided with a good quality mountain bike with front suspension & disc brakes, and a helmet if you do not have your own. Set off to explore the forest. Kangaroos and koalas can regularly be seen on the ride. Next is a lovely descent down Willunga Hill towards McLaren Vale, and then it’s time for wine tasting. Then ride through the vineyards and stop at a number of local wineries to sample their fare and perhaps purchase some wine to take home with you. Stop for a lunch comprising of a local produce platter along the way.  In the afternoon leave it to the group to decide your final visits- maybe a micro-brewery, another winery, a cafe/chocolate stop for a little desert, or if it’s really warm maybe a swim stop at one of the beautiful beaches that fringe the Vale. Finally, you will be picked up and transported back to Adelaide.  The ride is fairly leisurely and is suitable for anyone who is happy riding a bike on firetracks and country roads. The van can also pick up your wine purchases along the way so you don't have to carry them.

Adelaide: Private Customizable Wine and Sightseeing Tour

6. Adelaide: Private Customizable Wine and Sightseeing Tour

Create your dream tour of the Adelaide Hills and surrounding areas and visit only the sights that interest you the most. Together with up to 3 other guests, travel through the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Mclaren Vale, and Clare Valley wine regions. Discover the best South Australia has to offer from your expert guide/driver. Visit both iconic and boutique wineries as well as local attractions including Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving settlement. Choose which wineries to visit based on your individual tastes, or alternatively opt out of visiting wineries and simply admire the best sights and attractions in the area.

Adelaide: Full-Day Vines and Victor Harbor Eco Adventure

7. Adelaide: Full-Day Vines and Victor Harbor Eco Adventure

Take a scenic drive to Victor Harbor through the stunning Mclaren Vale region. Get a glimpse of the vineyards and rolling hills in the distance that you will be back to explore later. Arrive in Victor Harbor and be greeted with ocean views, discover the history, geology, and nature of the local area. Next, enjoy a 90-minute open ocean boat cruise through the Southern Ocean passing by Seal Rock, The Bluff and West Island. Witness the spectacular Waitpinga Cliffs and look out for seabirds such as petrels, shearwaters, and cormorants. Looping around Seal Island, see Australian sea lions and long-nosed fur seals basking in the sun or frolicking in the water. Following your Southern Ocean Adventure boat cruise sit down and enjoy a picnic lunch in one of the many reserves along Victor Harbor's foreshore. Soak up the atmosphere of this popular tourist town, with Granite Island in the distance you may even see one of the local horse-drawn trams crossing over the Causeway. After a short drive to the McLaren Vale wine region arrive at d'Arenberg Winery with time to explore the famous cube before enjoying a tasting session of their delicious biodynamic wines. Then heading onto Gemtree Winery, begin your progressive wine tasting and learn about the biodynamic practices and philosophy behind this family-owned property. Finish off the afternoon with a Vintner’s platter and a glass of Gemtree regional wine, before your afternoon drive back to Adelaide city.

Adelaide: Wine and Wildlife 4WD Tour

8. Adelaide: Wine and Wildlife 4WD Tour

A local 4WD tour company and an award-winning McLaren Vale based food caterer have joined forces to offer an exclusive 4WD food safari under 1 hour south of Adelaide. This tour takes you on an exciting day’s exploration of new food and wine experiences, combined with an exhilarating journey through the pristine natural beauty of the Fleurieu Peninsula. You’ll travel off the tourist track into wooded valleys, rolling hills, and magnificent coastal landscapes. You will also meet local wildlife while caressing your taste buds with a visit to the world-acclaimed McLaren Vale wine region and a "surprise" private lunch experience. Following a drive along the magnificent length of Silversands Beach, you’ll savour hand-made cheese and other local produce, and taste premium local wine and craft beer. This tour is an exceptional opportunity to discover the world-acclaimed McLaren Vale wine region in company with the people who help make it a visitor’s delight.

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What people are saying about McLaren Vale

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 20 reviews

This tour is a perfect one day tour of Adelaide and surrounds. City, MV and Glenelg with some extras in between. Russell is a perfect host and guide. Full of knowledge, very accommodating, keeps the tour on time but satisfies every request. A really great tour, for good value and just a lovely day out. Even if you don’t like bus or guided tours- you will love this one.

Russell was the most amazing tour guide you could ask for. My partner and I are from Adelaide and did the wine tour last minute as another canceled and it was even better than the other could have been! Lovely servers and venues, and once again Russell is second to none!! ♥️

Great tour if you want to experience some of Adelaide and Handhorf as well as wine. If you are a big fan of wine and want a big focus on that, this might be the tour for you. I found it perfect - two lovely wineries with plenty of wines to sample.

Great tour! Highly recommend it! Russell was a fantastic guide.

Great day out if you have a time limit on staying in Adelaide.