wine tour mclaren vale
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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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
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”