Sea & Vines 2019
McLaren Vale's Sea & Vines Festival is back ...
Whether for frivolity, a special occasion or just because you're worth it, the excitement of travelling unnecessary distances by air never fades. If you're planning an Ultimate Winery Experience, why not throw in a helicopter flight, private plane or perhaps a hot air balloon to really lend your experience some wow factor. Here are some winery experiences that include the option to take in the region from the sky before swooping in like the star you are.
Ballooning and Breakfast, Brown Brothers
The picturesque King Valley offers fantastic ballooning, from the vineyards and patchwork of fields, the views expand to the Ovens River, spectacular Mt Buffalo, Mt Stirling and the High Country beyond. Get a real sense of this fertile valley from aloft and the enormous potential of the region to produce European wine varietals and gourmet produce.
Upon landing your crew will drive you back to Brown Brothers where you can celebrate your flight with a delicious Prosecco breakfast including a glass of crisp Brown Brothers Prosecco, waffles with bacon, avocado and poached eggs, a fresh fruit plate, local bakery items and Salus sourdough and fruit loaf with accompaniments, and your choice of tea, coffee or juice.
Join Penfolds Global Ambassador for a behind the scenes private look at Penfolds Magill Estate and Penfolds Barossa Valley.
This immersive experience begins with a historical tour through Grange Cottage, the original home of Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold before heading to the Magill Estate winery, vintage cellar and underground tunnels, where hidden gems await.
You will experience a private back vintage tasting and barrel sampling in the Penfolds Winery before enjoying a five course degustation lunch with matching wines in a private setting.
After lunch, board your private helicopter and visit Penfolds valuable vineyards in different South Australian wine regions, visiting the famous 1880s Block 42 in the Barossa, the oldest cabernet producing vineyard in Australia.
Enjoy a private tour of Penfolds fortified barrel hall and a vertical tasting in the Kalimna Homestead.
This indulgent experience also includes hotel/airport transfers in a luxury vehicle and each guest is given a personalised bottle of Penfolds Grange to take home.
Prestige Experience, St Hugo
The Prestige experience shares the St Hugo story, wines and passion. You'll be escorted over the breathtaking landscape of the Barossa Valley in a private helicopter flight from the home of St Hugo. Our Wine Ambassador will accompany you on the flight and point out the subregions of Barossa from above.
Back at the home of St Hugo you will enjoy a guided tasting, focusing on the subregions you have explored on your flight. This tasting is designed to showcase the influence of subregional fruit and the difference this portrays in the wine.
Following your tasting, take a guided estate tour before relaxing with an 8-course lunch created to perfectly match St Hugo wines. This experience also includes a special St Hugo gift package.
Ultimate Flight, Mandoon Estate
The Ultimate Flight is the best way to immerse yourself in the Swan Valley region and Mandoon Estate.
Your host will greet you on arrival and start with a tour of the Estate. Enjoy a guided wine tasting in the private underground cellar before setting off on
a scenic 30 minute chopper flight to the coastal beaches of Perth.
Upon your return, you will be greeted by a member of the winemaking team who will show you behind the scenes at the award-winning winery.
Following your tour, sit back and relax with a 6-course degustation lunch, paired with award-winning wines before checking into your luxurious on-site
accommodation at The Colony.
Enjoy a relaxed dinner at the Estate Brewery before retiring to your Executive Suite. Wake up to majestic views of the Swan River from your private
balcony before taking a leisurely stroll through the vines to breakfast at the Estate.