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McLaren Vale Tours

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McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale is second only to Barossa Valley as South Australia’s top wine region. The region's wineries are spread out around the town of McLaren Vale, about 25 miles (41 kilometers) south of Adelaide. Soft, luscious Shiraz is the signature style, and more than 70 wineries offer tastings. Don't miss the vibrant local food scene.

The Basics

The various McLaren Vale wineries have different fee systems for tastings, but, as a general rule, expect to pay for wine tastings, both tutored and independent, vineyard or cellar tours, and food tastings if visiting independently. Some wineries, such as D’Arenberg, house informative sensory and multimedia displays and offer experiences from making your own wine to elaborate tasting menus.

Due to South Australia’s rigorous drunk-driving laws and its patchy public transport, many travelers visit the McLaren Vale wine region via organized tours with round-trip transfers. In addition to minivan tours and private tours, McLaren Vale bike tours are popular, which may include food and wine tastings. Select McLaren Vale winery tours also visit sites on the Fleurieu Peninsula, such as the coastal town of Victor Harbor.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A pilgrimage to McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley is a must for any South Australia visitor with an interest in food and wine.
  • The South Australia drink-driving limit is 0.05 and is rigorously enforced.
  • The legal drinking age in Australia is 18. While many winery restaurants welcome children, wine tasting is not a spectator sport.
  • Wheelchair access to McLaren Vale wineries varies. Call ahead for details on individual locations.

How to Get There
Visit the McLaren Vale wine region as a day trip from Adelaide, about 25 miles (41 kilometers) to the north, or stay in the region itself. There's no public transportation, so most travelers either self-drive (with designated driver) or book an organized tour that includes transport.
 
When to Get There

Some McLaren Vale wineries are open seven days a week, and most are closed for major holidays; others are open to the public only occasionally. The grape harvest and wine-making season usually falls between February and March.

What McLaren Vale Wineries Should I Visit?
McLaren Vale winemakers have been working with grapes for well over a century, and every winery offers something different. Kay Brothers, established in 1892, is considered the oldest McLaren Vale winery that’s still in the founding family’s hands; d’Arenberg, whose deconstructed Cube building is a McLaren Vale landmark, is another popular stop; and Beresford Wines offers an elegant tasting pavilion.
Address: McLaren Vale 5171, Australia
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McLaren Vale and Glenelg Tour with Wine Tastings from AdelaideWine Tasting & Winery Tours

McLaren Vale and Glenelg Tour with Wine Tastings from Adelaide

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Discover South Australia’s popular McLaren Vale wine region on this half-day tour from Adelaide. With a knowledgeable guide, visit two wineries—Rosemount Estate and Lloyd Brothers Wine—to enjoy wine tastings of much-loved Australian varietals like shiraz. You also have free time in town to browse local shops or stop by another winery on your own. On the way back to Adelaide, visit the beach town of Glenelg to stretch your legs with a walk along Gulf St. Vincent. This tour is limited to 20 people.
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McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour from Adelaide, Wine Tasting and LunchDay Trips

McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour from Adelaide, Wine Tasting and Lunch

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Taste local wine at the best wineries in McLaren Vale on this small-group tour from Adelaide, with all transportation provided. Appreciate the wine samples without the worry of having to drive. Experience the scenery of your sojourn through the Fleurieu Peninsula. Lunch is included with a glass of wine. Groups are limited to 10 for an intimate experience.
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McLaren Vale Wine Tour by BikeDay Trips

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McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike

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Enjoy McLaren Vale on two wheels on an easy-paced bike tour that highlights the bucolic beauty of this renowned South Australian wine region. Cycle through Kuitpo Forest and past pretty vineyards as you make your way to at least two wineries for wine tastings of regional varietals like shiraz. A lunch of fresh produce from local farms is included, as is round-trip transport from Adelaide to McLaren Vale, where you start biking. This tour is limited to nine people to provide a small-group experience with personalized attention from a guide.
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McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Peninsula Day Trip by 4WD Including Gourmet Picnic LunchDay Trips

McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Peninsula Day Trip by 4WD Including Gourmet Picnic Lunch

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Discover the natural wonders and gastronomic delights of the remote Fleurieu Peninsula on this 8-hour 4WD adventure from Adelaide or McLaren Vale, including hotel pick-up. Venture off-road along Silversands beach and through the Willunga Hills, and stop to sample regional cheese and wines in the McLaren Vale wine region. After a gourmet picnic lunch (included), admire the views of Kangaroo Island and learn about the indigenous heritage of the Deep Creek Conservation Park. This small-group tour has a maximum of 10 participants, ensuring a personalized experience.
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South Australia Highlights Full-Day Tour

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Venture out of Adelaide on a full-day tour that travels to the McLaren Vale wine region, and the charming towns of Hahndorf, Goolwa, and Victor Harbor. Enjoy wine and food tastings (own expense) in McLaren Vale and stop at The Almond Train. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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McLaren Vale's Greatest tour with the Best Itinerary!

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There is no better way to learn about the McLaren Vale and all it has to offer than on a guided tour. There is something for everyone – from Wine , Craft beers, Strawberry farms to The Cube building! All out tours are Private & luxury bus, we are a Chauffeured service taking groups to great wineries, all cellar doors are pre booked and pre paid so that you do not need to wait in the cue.
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Luxury Private Mclaren Vale Wine TourDay Trips

Luxury Private Mclaren Vale Wine Tour

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With this luxury wine tour you'll spend a day exploring some of McLaren Vales iconic and boutique cellar doors and wineries. You'll escape suburbia during the 50 minute trip to the region driving through quaint country towns and rolling vineyards. Once in McLaren Vale you will visit The D’Arenberg Cube - a newly built construction shaped like a Rubiks Cube and complete your visit there with a tasting of red and white wines. Also included is a Joseph Experience at Primo Estate where you will sample some iconic wines and taste their olive oil. We have a flexible itinerary and you may find yourself tasting wine direct from the barrel with a winemaker, and checking out the winery and barrel room! (subject to availability)
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McLaren Vale Shiraz Trail Cycling Tour from AdelaideDay Trips

McLaren Vale Shiraz Trail Cycling Tour from Adelaide

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Ride in and around the vineyards of McLaren Vale on this guided all-day cycling tour. Discover some of the hidden gems of the area and sample some of Australia's best wines. The cycling is considered relatively easy and the trail is mostly flat. A minimum of two wine tastings is included.
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McLaren Vale Intimate Winery Tour by private LimoDay Trips

McLaren Vale Intimate Winery Tour by private Limo

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Discover the McLaren Vale region on this day trip from Adelaide. The private tour can be tailored to your group’s interests and tastes, and will focus on boutique wineries and major vineyards, along with regional attractions. Snacks and wine tastings are included in the tour price. Plus, you will travel in a comfortable limousine.
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With over 200 cellar doors at our doorstep we will make a tour that you will love Simply tell us your favourite wines and we can make a tour that is tailored to your tastes No matter your plans, our friendly team can help you with the choices that you make You won’t find our tours for better prices anywhere
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