It was cold and sometimes wet but David and his friends seemed to enjoy themselves. After loading “ALL” their eskys it was a quick trip to Bird in Hand winery for a taste and morning tea. From there we popped across the way to Nepenthe and more tasting and eating a photo taking were in order(still trying to work out whether my “selfie” worked or not). Someone then decided to drive across to Hahndorf with everyone in tow(it’s a driver thing!). After a long lunch the group headed to Pike and Joyce for some more coffee and cake, oh and some wine tasting too! Then it was time to wander home and work on the night!
Well it was a great day in the Adelaide Hills wine region! Julie and her friends chose Adelaide Mini Bus for their transport provider on the day in The Adelaide Hills. First stop was Nepenthe Wines. After lengthy visit with the cellar door team it was off to Shaw and Smith. A restful visit lead to a quick trip into The Hahndorf Inn for lunch. Following a delicious lunch it was off to Bird in Hand for a relaxing final visit before the long trip home through chaotic peak hour traffic.
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.
A group of Swedish and Danish medicos working at Flinders MC, along with members of their visiting families, sought out a high standard tour of the Barossa Valley, finally selecting the gold tour option from Adelaide Minibus.
Apart from the greenery of the vines and local flora, the region was dry, being the early autumn and having much lower rainfall than an average summer. This is Australia, the land of droughts and flooding rains.
They knew they were going to be in for a treat, as Adelaide Minibus had assigned the tour leader role to Wayne, a local of the Barossa, and himself a vigneron. The day began at Kellermeister Wines where they were able to taste a wide range of this multi award winning wines, including the phenomenal Wild Witch Shiraz. Then it was on to Langmeil Wines and Penfolds before enjoying a gourmet lunch with a wine tasting of a couple of boutique wines, matched with starters….at Angaston’s Company Kitchen, all for just $28pp. The food order was phoned through an hour prior which meant the meals were served immediately upon arrival.
A quick stopover at Yalumba, then Elderton Wines (the tasting of Eldertons internationally renowned Command Shiraz proved Australian wines are amongst the best in the world) led to the day being capped off with a tasting of the fabulous fortifieds and new table wines of historic Seppeltsfield. One of the guests commented that he had almost forgotten what it was like to enjoy an old tawny, and reminisced of the days when it was the norm to light up a cigar and sip it by a fireside in winter. “And to be able to buy a 100 year old tawny, and taste wines of your birth year, is just incredible” he said.
Before heading back to Adelaide though, Wayne showed them the 100 year old bush vines of Seppeltsfield where photos were taken. The now heritage listed vines were once targeted to be removed when the industry faced oversupply in the 80s, the guests in awe of the character of the the twisted trunks. The Barossa is free from the dreaded Phylloxera disease and is able to boast having some of the oldest commercial vines in the world, due to Phylloxera wiping out many of the old vine regions of Europe back in the 40s and 50s.
Several wines were purchased during the day at the cellar doors. “Its great when tourists and visitors to the wine regions buy wines to take with them as this helps the industry to be able to keep offering the fabulous cellar door experiences. It also helps to keep tasting fees to a minimum. The cost of running a cellar door today, particularly on weekends, is very high and wine sales are essential to making it afforded” said Wayne
The Mclaren Vale region is warm and welcoming to tourists and visitors, with a large number of winery cellar doors and other attractions to visit. Hiring a minibus and driver so that all can have fun, without drink driving risks, is the way to go. Adelaide Minibus has vehicles from 13 to 24 seat (minibuses) and we even offer a 28 midibus, and large coaches up to 50 seats. And we can tow a trailer trailer if you have luggage or barbeques to take.
If you are from interstate, we can even make arrangements during your day to send the wine you have purchased home, the wineries all having surprising low cost arrangements in place for wine parcel transport.
We recommend that if yours is a small wine appreciation group and keen to get amongst the small, boutique cellar doors, select our Gold tour option….for very little extra cost we work with you to build an itinerary that will provide lifetime memories.
Select the Silver our option if you are happy to visit the places we regularly go to and our recommended lunch venue. If you want to do your own thing and make all the bookings, and negotiate the tasting fees, then select our Charter option.
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There is nothing like the Barossa in autumn. The vine leaves are turning golden brown and the hot days are generally over.
Tours with Adelaide Minibus can be in our classy 13 seat Toyotas, our 24 seat Mitsubishi Rosas, or you can even book a 46 or 50 seat luxury coach. We cater for true wine region appreciators in small groups, right through to larger groups. You can choose from a DIY bookings/charter the bus and driver option, to a Silver tour where we take you to our favourite places and meal stopovers, to the more exclusive Gold tour option.
Our on-staff vigneron and winemaker has trained our tours co-ordinator and our drivers in the Barossa region, its wineries and the best places to see. We are always getting positive feedback about our skilled and friendly drivers. So make sure you choose Adelaide Minibus for your Barossa tour. We are great at what we do, friendly and promise a fabulous day out with value for money.
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”
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
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!”
We can help you plan your itinerary for a few stopovers for your day in the Barossa, or you can charter a vehicle and driver.
Whatever you do – dont drink and drive!