Its on again. The annual Barossa Gourmet Weekend is a hoot!. August 18th and 19th. Book early for a minibus or coach and driver for your group. We have the full range….. 13 seaters, 21-24 seaters, a 28 seater and 46-50 seat coaches. Dont drink and drive, make it a safe and memorable visit to the Barossa
For updates re winery and cullinary participants see the barossa website http://www.barossa.com/events/default.aspx
A classic late autumn day in the Barossa. It was overcast with occasional showers, the vine leaves turning orange, and the great Barossa cellar doors had their open fires roaring. The cooler months are sometimes the best in the SA wine regions. The misty atmosphere and the warm fires are always a welcoming feature. The vintage is all but over, and the hospitality is always a little better when its less busy.
Soon to be moving to Adelaide, UK expats Ruth, Gwill and Richard, all true wine appreciators wanted a very special Barossa tour, taking in some of the small boutique wineries, along with some of the large brands they know of from back home, and then experience the historical side of the region.
Of course, Europe’s history is much richer than the 1840s settled Barossa, but they were greatly impressed by the stately buildings of Yalumba and Seppeltsfield, along with being able to see some of the oldest commercial vines in the world.
The favourite wines tasted on the day were at the snmaller wineries of Henschke, Kaesler, Rockford and Kabminye, but Yalumba also impressed, as did the fortifieds of Seppeltsfield.
Adelaide Minibus had specially arranged a behind-the-scenes tour of a local vigneron’s premium vineyard and the trio enjoyed a tasting of 2011 Grenache, one of their favouritre varieties, straight from the barrel. “We will be back. The tour was amazing and we were surprised at the different styles and classiness of the wines available here”
Lauren is from Hervey Bay in Qld and was visiting her brother Henry who is with the RAAF, now located at Edinburgh. She had been on a wine tour with Adelaide Minibus on a previous occasion and wanted to use their service again. They rousted up 4 friends, and decided to do the McLaren Vale region.
Little did they know their tour leader was a Barossa vigneron, and with his knowledge of vines, the industry and wines, could offer a wine experience they could only dream of. Their day even included a private tasting of a soon to be launched rose wine, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Visits were made to the scenic Maxwells, Serafino, Wirra Wirra, Pertaringa and Australian Boutique Wines. They even managed to squeeze in a visit to Robern Menz Chocolates, just across the road from the lunch bistro.
Adelaide Minibus supplied a cheese platter and crackers, along with chilled spring water. Lauren said this was a fabulous treat, and commended the management of AMB for introducing this option. She said they had a fantastic day and look forward to doing the Barossa when she comes to Adelaide again in a couple of months. “In fact I just love it in South Australia, and could see myself moving here – the lifestyle is unbelievable”
“Just wanted to say thank you very much for the service Vins provided on the 10th of March 2012 for our 45 person group cruise – City to Coriole (McLaren Vale) via Mt Lofty and Blewett Springs, and return.
We found that during the arranging and negotiating stage before the weekend, all the staff at Vins have been helpful and professional.
On the day, it was important for us that our guests were transported on time and of course safely.
We were very pleased with the effortless manner in which our guests were bused from multiple locations on Saturday.
We would surely send our business to Vins Buses again in the future”
Dr Luke and Katie Miliauskas
This group of young wine buffs said of their Vins/Adelaide Mini Bus tour of the Barossa after visiting Seppelts, Yalumba, Rockford, Charles Melton, Kabminye, Peter Lehmann, Langmeil and Chateau Tanunda.
“We had such a great day. The driver’s knowledge and experience made the day so much more enjoyable. I think everyone appreciated lerarning about the area and the industry. We will definitely be using your company again” – Alana
“An awesome day out” – Karl
Pic at iconic Rockford’s cellar door
Sydney – UK friends and information technology colleagues Claire, Stuart, Peter, Matt and Natalie were in Adelaide for a wedding on 7th January. Arriving a few days prior and settling into the units they booked at Seacliff, they decided to take a tour of the McLaren Vale wine region. Local friends recommended the Vin’s/Adelaide Mini Bus group. The group went to Wirra Wirra, Coriole, Chapel Hill, Scarpentoni Estates, Kangarilla Rd and finally to d’Arenberg Wines. At their last call they were able to consign to Sydney the two dozen wines they had purchased at d’Arenberg and other wineries, using Australia Post – for a surprisingly low cost, a service many wineries offer.
The experienced Adelaide Minibus driver noticed at d’Arenberg, 85 year old managing director d’Arry Osborn was in his office and asked if he would be kind enough to allow a photo of him with the young visitors. d’Arry obliged, and amazed them with his hospitality, wine knowledge and genuine friendliness.
A text from Claire the following day thanked all at Vin’s/Adelaide Mini Bus for a truly great day out and for arranging to personally meet with one of the icons of the industry. They learnt later their tour leader and driver is a member of the management team at Vin’s, is a grapegrower and amateur winemaker himself, so they were in expert and well connected hands.
Every year a group of Adelaide and interstate young lawyers get together between Christmas and new year. Educated in Adelaide, some have moved interstate to find the type of work they wanted, but they love their reunions, generally built around a wine region tour. This time they chose the famous Barossa Valley.
Tour leader and driver Wayne, met them at their North Adelaide rendesvous point, then headed up the newly constructed Northern Expressway, which has reduced the trip from the city to Barossa to less than an hour. He then turned towards Seppeltsfield from Greenock and showed them the 120 year old Grenache bush vines that almost came to destruction in the 1980s vine-pull scheme. They called at the historic Seppelt Winery, Two Hands, Peter Lehmann and Grant Burge. The wineries would have been pleased with the purchases they made at the cellar doors. A leisurely lunch was enjoyed in the gardens of the renowned 1918 restaurant at Tanunda, and finally to Wayne’s own vineyard near Greenock where he took them behind the scenes in both growing grapes and amateur winemaking. Group organisor Alison, said they ‘talked shop’ a lot during the day, but still managed to take in the fabulous Barossa. “The Vin’s/Adelaide Mini Bus people did a great job and we will definitely tour with them again.” “Thanks for a great trip- accommodating, informative and friendly ” they wrote in the vehicle visitors book.