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”
The long weekend in June will be upon us before we know it. Yes, its on again – June 8th to 10th at McLaren Vale. Click here for a link to the official website of Bank SA Sea and Vines Festival
Friday night and Saturday
See the program
Your $20 ticket (contact wineries direct for these – see participating venues – click here gets you into the grouped winery events for the day.
Glass is not permitted at any of the Experience Sunday events. Licenced buses are not encouraged and some wineries may not permit.
No bookings or ticket required for Experience Monday events
On Monday 10th June visitors can simply turn up on the day, purchase a festival glass for $12 at one of the participating venues and wander between as many wineries as you choose, but you will still need to make arrangements with them if you are taking a bus group.
Licenced buses are not encouraged at the festival.
Its by far the highest demand weekend on our bus calendar, so dont miss out. Please book your transport early for our 12 seat minibuses through to 46 and 50 seat coaches.
“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
Over Easter (April 6th-9th) is the Oakbank Racing carnival, which includes the Great Eastern Steeplechase.
Bus companies almost always book out over Easter, so dont leave it until the last minute! Lower rates for prepaid bookings apply up until March 19th. Enquire now.
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.
Ten Pembroke school friends, now at university or working, decided to get together in the new year and enjoy an Adelaide Hills wine tour. Vin’s/Adelaide Min Bus came up first on a Google search by Brigid, who is doing her honors in psychology at Uni SA. A quick quote was given by the helpful Vin’s staff, it seemed great value, and she could personalise the itinerary, so a booking was made for Sat Jan 7th. She selected Bird in Hand Wines, Johnsons, Nepenthe and Hahndorf Hill, as well as The Haus at Hahndorf for lunch.
Tour leader and driver Wayne arrived on time at the Hackney Hotel pickup location in a super-comfortable 13 seater Toyota Hi-Ace Commuter. The weather was going to be mixed – sunny and humid with possible showers, so he brought an esky with water, ice, plus a coat and umbrella! The girls boarded and after introductions, found Wayne’s wine industry background was going to add a special touch to their day.
Brigid had burnt a CD of her favourite music, and soon the mini bus was rocking up the south eastern freeway to the sounds of Rihanna, Snoop Dog and Mark Foster’s ‘Pumped up Kicks’. Their first visit was to Bird in Hand Wines at Woodside where they were photographed alongside a sign saying ‘enjoy the extraordinary ’.
“The whole day was extraordinary” said Brigid, adding this was one of the rare times she had taken the lead in organising the group, and happy it had all worked out so well. “The only thing we would have changed was the meal size at The Haus. The pizzas and risotto were yummy but we could easily have shared between two”. (A special note by the Vin’s/Adealide Mini Bus team – A light lunch is the go for wine tours, unless you prefer to make lunch the last stopover, whiling away the last hours of the day by taking in the ambience of the region over a meal at one of the great restaurants.)
Some of the girls enquired about ‘hens days’ and full day tours of the Barossa Valley with other friends. “No problems” said Wayne. “We can tailor a day tour for your groups and we have special arrangements in place with a couple of the top Barossa dining places for really great value gourmet lunches. Vin’s/Adelaide Mini Bus can cater for all needs when a full day is allocated for a tour, including joint planning of the day, and making the bookings. We get to take you to a lot of boutique wineries, see some of the oldest vines in the world and can include great food places such as Angas Park, Maggie Beers and Barossa Valley Cheese.”
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.