Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia


Nestled between the Mount Lofty Ranges and white sandy beaches, the picturesque region of McLaren Vale is just 40km south of Adelaide and boasts rolling hills, vineyards, a rugged coastline and charming villages.

The region is ideal for grape growing and is famous for its intensely flavoured Shiraz as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Grenache.

As well as exceptional wine with many family-run boutique wineries, the region is known for its produce, which is on offer at its 110 wineries and 65 cellar doors, five-star retreats, quirky cafés and funky art galleries.

McLaren Vale was named after David McLaren, the colonial manager of the South Australian Company who surveyed the area in 1839. In 1845 vineyards were established in the region by Adelaide practitioners, including Dr Rawson Penfold.


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Morning - d’Arenberg

Drive down the coast from Adelaide to d’Arenberg, a family-owned winery producing internationally renowned red wines in McLaren Vale.

You will find the cellar door in a restored 19th century homestead overlooking McLaren Vale, the Willunga Hills and the Gulf St Vincent. Organise a private tasting and you will also gain an in-depth understanding of how d’Arenberg wines are made.

Since 1912 the Osborn family have grown grapes and made wine in McLaren Vale, with fourth generation family member Chester Osborn Chief Winemaker today, working alongside his father Francis d’Arenberg Osborn, universally known as d’Arry.

The winemaking techniques are traditional here, with basket presses and headed-down open fermenters producing honest, generous wines that have a staunch following across the globe.

The internationally recognised red striped range includes more than 60 wines made from over 30 varieties with styles that include white, red, fortified, sparkling red and dessert - all of which are available for tasting at the cellar door.

What’s in a name? A lot, apparently. Dead Arm, The Wild Pixie and Noble Mud Pie are just some of the quirky names given to the d’Arenberg wines, each of which reveals an interesting story behind the name.

The Noble Mud Pie Viognier is a sweet dessert wine and a nod to Chester Osborn’s playful side: he’s still making mud pies, concoctions of mushy ingredients using the earth, water and sun, the only difference is that people can now buy and drink them.

Discover more at the Masterclass and Degustation experience or the indulgent Scenic Flight, Wine Making and Degustation tour, both of which have an exceptional degustation lunch included at d’Arry’s Restaurant.

The winemaking techniques are traditional here, with basket presses and headed-down open fermenters producing honest, generous wines that have a staunch following across the globe.
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Blending Bench & Degustation - $270 per person*

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.

Create a wine that is truly unique and then bottle, name and label your creation to take home to your friends.

Following your blending session, indulge your taste buds at an eight course degustation in d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, overlooking the rolling hills of McLaren Vale.

Dead Arm Shiraz Vertiacal Masterclass and Cheese Tasting Plate - $200 per person*

Since its release in 1993 The Dead Arm Shiraz has received hundreds of accolades from wine critics and judges all over the world.

This vertical masterclass offers the opportunity to delve into the history of this outstanding wine, whilst being skilfully guided through each back-vintage sample, matched to a cheese tasting plate.

At the conclusion of the masterclass you receive a current vintage bottle of The Dead Arm Shiraz, presented in a gift box and signed by the winemaker, fourth generation family member Chester Osborn.


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With 65 cellar doors to choose from in the McLaren Vale, spend the afternoon visiting a few more to get a feel for the region. Don’t be surprised to see kangaroos amid the vines - according to locals the vineyards are full of them!

As well as producing fantastic wines, the McLaren Vale region is well known for its bevy of talented artisan food producers and passionate individuals selling olives, olive oils, vinegars, cheeses, almonds, marron (freshwater crayfish), venison, fruits, herbs and flowers. Keen to test your skills? Then book cooking classes and cheese making classes at both Chapel Hill


Retreat and Producers or the Blending Bench at d’Arenberg to make your own Dead Arm Shiraz.


Some essential McLaren Vale dining experiences can be found at the Elbow Room in McLaren Vale and The Star of Greece in Port Willunga (both open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights).

The McLaren Vale township is peppered with cute B&B cottages, including The Vineyard Retreat in McLaren Vale, 3 Divas Accommodation and Manor Estate, an old Georgian manor house.


On Saturdays, head to Willunga Farmers Market, the first farmers market to be established in South Australia, and now one of the best. ‘Meet the grower and taste the region’ is the theme for the market held in Willunga Town Square, with more than 55 stalls selling fresh produce from regional towns in the area.

Looking to continue your South Australia experience? Then continue on to Kangaroo Island at the end of the McLaren Vale stay. Just a ferry ride from Cape Jervis, Kangaroo Island offers untouched bushland, fishing on pristine beaches and numerous eco tours.

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