Barossa wineries

Fabulous hen’s day for Kate

Kate is getting married soon, so her friend and bridesmaid Lauren, organised a Adelaide Minibus tour in the Barossa for Kate’s friends, family and bridesmaids. What an afternoon it was, taking in the fabulous hills area of Birdwood,  Te-Aro Wines at Williamstown, Maggie Beers and then a leisurely coffee, cake and wine tasting at Kabminye Wines.

Adelaide Minibus ‘dressed’ the vehicle appropriately, with some ‘Hens day in progess’ banners and supplied chilled spring water for the group.

The venues visited complimented the group on how “well behaved” they were and the wineries were pleasantly surprised at the number of bottles purchased at their cellar doors. Some cellar doors don’t like hens group bookings beacuse of the rowdy behaviour, but we educate our groups well, said Adelaide Minibus’s tour organisor, Caroline. “Promoting the purchase of some wines at cellar doors we visit,  has been a successful way of keeping good relations with the cellar doors for hens day outings too. Many cellar doors are now charging tasting fees, and only through wine sales can they minimise this. We need to remember that the venues are paying weekend wage rates for their staff, and whilst tastings are a part of  promoting their brands, they can only survive, and continue to provide their cellar door experience, if sales of wine covers their costs”

Take a wine region or sightseeing tour whilst in Adelaide

When visiting adelaide for the Clipsal or Fringe Festival, you might want to experience the many other delights our state has to offer.

Within an hour of our city are the wine regions of the Barossa Valley, the Adelaide Hills wine region, McLaren Vale region and the less busy but delightful Langhorne Creek  region. Add a half hour and you can see the Clare Valley region.

The most fun and best economy is gained when you organise a group of your friends and book a GOLD, SILVER or CHARTER tour with us. We can even arrange for wines you may have purchased at the cellar doors, to be shipped to interstate addresses, easily and economically.

Our GOLD tours are for true wine and wine region appreciators, only in groups of 12 or less.  We make the bookings for you after consulting with you as to your preferences, andyour group is likely to be small enough to be catered for by the small cellar doors. See our website www.adelaideminibus.com.au  and the Wine Tours section for the large number of wineries and cellar doors you might wish to choose. You get to choose the lunch location too, and your driver/tour leader for the day is experienced in and knowledgable about the region and what it has to offer. You can even request that our in-house vigneron/winemaker be your tour leader for the day.

Our SILVER tours for up to 24 people are very popular  in that we get to take you to our selection of cellar doors and a great lunch venue…and we make the bookings. Easy and great value, with a low likelihood of tasting fees being charged by the cellar doors we visit in the Barossa and Mclaren Vale regions.

Our CHARTER option allows you to manage the day in every way, with buses available from 13 seat to 50 seat coaches. You choose where you want to go and make the bookings, and you can use our experience and expertise in terms of the timing and distances between stopovers. We can also provide aq list of the wineries/cellar doors and their opening times and any fees applicable.

Ask us for a quote …you will be pleasantly surprised!  Call us on 08 82520627

Delighted with Barossa Gourmet and Adelaide Minibus

Alice and her 23 netball/uni friends decided to book a minibus and driver for the Barossa Gourmet Festival. Vin’s/Adelaide Minibus was her choice of provider after a web search and having gained some quotes, then speaking with their helpful staff .

The group wanted a leisurely day, not so much a tour, so selected Seppeltsfield and Chateau Tanunda for wine tastings. Then they would enjoy Whistlers Wines  for lunch and party with a band, playing in the marquee. They had been to Whistlers  the year before, so knew it is a well run outfit. The food was fabulous too, with gourmet lamb burgers, spatchcock and the range of sweets included a traditional beinstick.

Seppeltsfield was absolutely lovely said Alice, her favourite wine being the sweeter style riesling.

“Andy, our driver for the day, was great, obviously very experienced and helpful. We would certainly recommend Vins/Adelaide Minibus….Five Ts….trustworthy and timely….tremendously terrific transportation!”

Seppeltsfield partnering with Jam Factory for showcasing glass art

Historic Seppeltsfield has been successful in attracting a $110,000 (one for one) Federal Govt grant to bring the artwork of Adelaide’s internationally renowned Jam Factory, to the Barossa . The old stage coach house of Seppeltsfield is to be converted into an exquisite gallery, making it an even greater must-do stopover for Barossa tourists. Other grant recipients are the Geber family’s equally historic Chateau Tanunda, and Jacob’s Creek.

Seppeltsfield has long been a favourite place to visit in the Barossa, with its iconic date palm lined roads and grounds. It is the only place in the world where visitors can taste wines of their birth year from the barrel.

Along with on-site beer making, a cooper, a chocolateer and now the Jam Factory’s art, it fits nicely with the drive of Tourism SA to showcase what is new about the Barossa and its push to boost state tourism. 

The Leader Newspaper (Wed 15th August) reported that Chateau Tanunda’s fabulous facility will soon boast a new bar area and a phone app which will be able to help non-English speaking tourists with information about the wines, winery and cellar door.

Seppelstfield, Chateau Tanunda and Jacobs Creek can all be included in your wine tour itinerary when you book select tour types with Adelaide Minibus or Vins Buses.

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