Sarah annually organises for her parents and siblings to meet in Adelaide just prior to Christmas, our city being central, given some of her family being in WA and some in Sydney. Glenelg apartments on the beach was the go, plus a day out in the vines and wines of McLaren Vale, booked with Adelaide Minibus. They visited a number of wineries including D’arenberg, Wirra Wirra and Paxtons, with a lunch break and boutique beers at The Red Poles.
What a great day it was. The kids even had a turn at being the vavigator for our driver, Wayne
Twee and her friends had never before experienced a wine region in Australia, let alone the Barossa Valley. They had arranged accommodation at a remote B&B in the hills near Springton and were immediately impressed by the natural bushlands, kangaroos and other wildlife. Our crystal clear evening skies, the small, quiet towns of the region – and the serenity of open space, had set the scene, but it was going to be a busy day ahead, as they wanted to see as much of the Barossa as possible.
Visits were made to Chateau Barossa, Grant Burge Wines, lunch at Maggie Beers, Eldertons, Wolf Blass, Rockford, Seppeltsfield and Te-Aro Wines. They were most impressed by the wonderful sandstone and ironstone buildings. It was truly a learning experience, their education about wines including the array of varieties of grapes grown and great flavour improvement that occurs by allowing red wines to stand opened, or aerated a little, before drinking.
Adelaide Minibus’s sister business is Vin’s Buses.
Vin’s has grown from just a few minibuses a few years ago, to that of a significant South Aussie business, serving the community with a fleet of 30 vehicles, including large coaches. “Whilst seniors and retiree day tours have been a core part of our charter activity, we can now do it better and more professionally says managing director Vin Pistola.
Over 20 new day tour itineraries have been developed and costed, so that seniors clubs, retirement villages, respite groups and PROBUS clubs, can receive a range of them to choose from. It just takes a phone call or e-mail to gain a copy of the brochure and a summary sheet of all of the day tours. “Each have been carefully planned so the day is relaxing , fun and often educational said Vin. Tours can range from a visit to the fabulous Monarto Zoo, to Victor Harbour & the Coorong, through to a day at Gawler and the Barossa Valley. They also include trips to Mintaro/Clare and Banrock Station on the Murray. Then Vins offers a day of entertainment by The Pryers at Mt Compass, a day in the hills including some time at the National Motor Museum, and a day at Old Tailem Town. Others might choose to take a Dolphin Cruise from Port Adelaide, with a stopover at Fort Glanville, or see glassblowing by the amazing Eamonn Vereker, this combined with a visit to Vadoulis Garden Centre at Gawler.
“Our day tours are modest in cost, and deliver great value with most lunch options including both a budget and a higher level menu” he added. Importantly, the Vins day tours are transparently priced, with the customer groups able to access the supplementary tours, such as boat cruises, and lunches, at coach company rates, payable direct to the providers.
Your group gets to enjoy a free morning tea when it can be packed, all part of the great value of Vin’s day tours.
Vin’s tour leader/drivers are specially trained in this type of work. They have a good understanding of the needs of the infirm, and we go to great lengths to ensure all have a great day out. “We have a real empathy for senior’s clubs and understand the needs of the older age groups ” said Vin.
The South Australian Tourism Commission has recently launched a multi $million advertising campaign promoting the state’s ‘jewel in the crown’ tourism region, the Barossa Valley. The successful advertising agency was kwp! having responded to a brief that required the region to be sold as having much more to offer than just its world famous wines.
James Rickard, kwp!’s creative director, says “Two things set this region apart from all other wine districts. The people and the dirt. It’s a very tight knit community of passionate wine and food artisans and their connection with the unique soil that combines to create such exceptional products. It’s that relationship we wanted to capture. And he adds “For people who thought they knew Barossa, it’s time to think again. For those who are part of the rapidly growing culinary tourism sector and seeking quality, authentic, and handcrafted foods of provenance, Barossa and indeed South Australia, are the destination.”
Click here to see the ad
A little controversial is the selection of Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand soundtrack, with it’s somewhat dark lyrics, but it’s definitely got people across the country and overseas talking about the Barossa and South Australia.
Wine appreciators have long known that the Barossa boasts some of the oldest soils of any wine region in the world, the soil types including laterite (ironstone) rich red terra-rossa, grey schisty loams, through to surprisingly aerated Biscay clays ….and the deep, fertile sands of the North Para. Many may not know that the altitude (height above sea level) and temperature range is similar to appellations of the famous Rhone Valley produce area of France, hence the common grape varieties grown.
The Farmers Market of Angaston, now held every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am, is a fabulous showcasing of the region’s produce, which is fast building a brand recognition of great substance. Still strongly influencing is the German and British heritage, which brings a wholesomeness and richness of food styles, like the people of the Barossa themselves. It’s a passion about things good and natural.
Fifty years ago the Barossa was a major fruitgrowing region, the continental climate ideal for growing a wide range of stone fruits and vegetables. But consistency of size and quality are modern day requirement for supermarkets, this heavily influenced by water supplies. The Riverland region, Adelaide Hills and Virginia regions have had natural water advantages that meant many Barossa orchards and gardens became uneconomic, as did many other forms of intensive agricultural production. But the likes of Maggie Beer, Gully Gardens, Angas Park, Barossa Cheese, Barossa Fine Foods, Carcoola Jersey, Wiech’s Egg Noodles and a host of smallgoods and free range egg producers, have turned this around. Today, the produce of the region is second to none in variety and quality.
Go to any one of the fine dining restaurants, bakeries and cafes of the Barossa, and you will find the culinary delights are heavily influenced by the wonderful local produce sourced. The Barossa has become a foodie’s paradise. Combine this with the ambiance of the region’s vineyards which includes some of the oldest commercial vines in the world, some planted in the mid 1800s, the superb wines, the wonderful architecture of Chateau Yaldara, Chateau Tanunda, Yalumba, Seppeltsfield, Wolf Blass and the many boutique cellar doors, visitors are unlikely to leave underwhelmed.
Situated at the Vintners site on the way to Angaston, and now open from 7.30am to 11.30am every Saturday, is one of the Barossa’s showpieces, the local Farmer’s Market.
Fresh produce, local cheeses, chocolates and fruits, sauces, jams, smallgoods, poultry, handicrafts….it all there. And a superb bacon and egg roll breakfast with a hot coffee makes your visit a treat!
Why not include the Barossa Farmer’s Market in your itinerary when on a wine tour? Adelaide Minibus would be delighted to help you fit it in. Or perhaps include it in your plans for the Barossa’s Gourmet weekend. Your group will love your for it and talk about it for months.
See the SA Life video clip http://www.salife7.com.au/barossa-valley/food-and-wine/markets/the-barossa-farmers-market
Make sure you book your minibus, midibus or coach early…… for the Barossa Gourmet Weekend.
Click http://www.barossagourmetweekend.com.au/ to go directly to the BGW website pages and check out the program.
Perhaps you might visit the Barossa Farmers Market as part of your day in the region. See http://www.barossafarmersmarket.com/home/
Getting to Morgan for their Murray River holiday on a houseboat could have meant a boring highway run and having to leave their rental car for several days. Instead, the Robinson group and their international friends contacted Adelaide Minibus and chartered a vehicle and driver for the day, ending at their Morgan boarding dock.
They drove through the Adelaide Hills, saw some kangaroos near the Chain of Ponds reservoir and visited the Whispering Wall of Williamstown. On the way they did some shopping for groceries and some summer clothing, given the very warm autumn we were experiencing.
- Planning itinerary and booking ease
- Being on time
- Standard of vehicle
- Driver courtesy and knowledge
- and they ticked ‘OUTSTANDING’ for overall value for money
The team at Vin’s and Adelaide Minibus constantly receive great feedback such as this…it makes our day!!
The Warnests wanted a comfortable, economical vehicle to transport their bridal party. Much to their great pleasure, Adelaide Minibus not only delivered on both of those expectations, but also dressed the vehicle AND the driver for the occasion.
Mr Warnest said on their big day “The minibus arrived early, was clean and decorated for us, and the driver, Paul, was friendly, patient, and he dressed specially for the occasion…..Thanks to Paul and Adelaide Minibus” …” Great value”
Adelaide Minibus, a division of Vin’s Buses, supplies wedding guest transport in vehicles to suit the occasion….right up to large coaches. We pick up, even from multiple locations, get the guests there safely, then return later to take them home, even if its very late or early morning….all part of the service!
Book your transport – a minibus or coach early to go to the truly great food and wine festival of the Clare Valley. Its on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May 2013.
The Clare wine and tourism people led industry with their event being the first of its type in Australia….its been going since 1984. See information about the event by clicking here
Wine tasting glasses can be purchased at the first cellar door you visit, this being your passport to other venues as well. You will need to book for the lunch and entertainment events…see the program
Take drink driving risks out of considerations, and truly enjoy the day, going to wherever you want in the region, our driver and vehicle staying with you.
Choose from 13 seat and 24 seat minibuses, through to luxury coaches. Ask us for a quote today. It is surprisingly economical when you get together with your friends to be a part of the wonderful food and wine culture of our state.