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The ultimate McLaren Vale wine experience
Experience 2 of the McLaren Vale's most iconic vineyards - , d'Arenberg and Gemtree, as they team up to provide the ultimate McLaren Vale wine experience.
Each vineyard will host you on their quintessential signature wine experience to give you a truly premium and behind the scenes look into their vineyards and wine making process.
10:30AM - d'ARENBERG, BLENDING BENCH
The d’Arenberg Cube is a five storey multi-function building set among Mourvèdre vines.
The building has the optical illusion of floating in a vineyard, each level offering spectacular views of the rolling hills of Willunga. Inside you’ll find a cellar door, a fine dining restaurant, and numerous artworks and features, curated by chief winemaker and fourth generation family member, Chester Osborn.
Your experience begins in the Alternate Realties Museum on the ground floor of the d’Arenberg Cube, where a self-guided exploration will take you through a space filled with wall to wall art installations designed to excite and awaken your senses. All tours are assisted by the d’Arenberg smartphone application ‘The Alternate Realities Museum’ (advanced download is recommended). Entry to the museum is free of charge for all guests with a pre-booked experience, just let concierge know your reservation number on arrival.
The Blending Bench is a hands-on, interactive experience where you play winemaker. A palette of wine parcels, each with distinctive flavours and textures, are melded in search of balance, fullness, and finesse. We did the physical work – picking, crushing, fermenting, foot treading, basket pressing and barrel ageing, and you get to create a wine that is truly unique. You then bottle, name and label a 750ml sample to take home and show off to your friends.
At your leisure, continue to further explore the d’Arenberg Cube and enjoy a complimentary tasting as you take in the views from the top floor.
2:30PM - GEMTREE, WINE AND WANDER TOUR
Discover the flora, fauna and wildlife of the Gemtree wetlands on a self-guided tour of the Ecotrail, learn about biodynamic grape growing and wine making at the Biodynamic Hut, enjoy a tutored tasting of Gemtree’s regional and fine wines, and graze over a secluded picnic under the majestic gum trees.
The wetlands have been lovingly restored from a degraded creek line into a biodiverse wetland, with six interlinking dams and 50,000 native plants over 10 hectares, making it a haven for native birds, plants and animals. After a leisurely stroll along the one kilometre Ecotrail, guests are treated to a gourmet picnic with your choice of Gemtree wine in a picturesque and secluded setting amongst nature.
The picnic features some of the best fresh produce and foods from local artisan producers prepared by the award-winning team at the nearby Salopian Inn.
THINGS TO NOTE:
Dates are subject to availability - final confirmation within 24 hours.
Not available on South Australian public holidays.
Transfers not included. For more information on transfers please click here
58 Osborn Rd, McLaren Vale, SA 5171
Gemtree Cellar Door
167 Elliott Road, McLaren Flat, SA 5171
Daily at 10:30am
$345 per person
(valid until 31 March 2022)
Includes: D'Arenberg Blending Bench and Gemtree Wander and Wine