McLaren Vale Wine Icons
3 signature experiences at d'Arenberg, Gemtree and Hugh Hamilton.
Experience 3 of most iconic vineyards in McLaren Vasle as they team up to provide the Ultimate Barossa Wine and Food 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.
10:00 AM - d'Arenberg - the 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 with spectacular views over-looking the rolling hills of Willunga. Inside you’ll find a cellar door, a fine dining restaurant, and numerous artworks and features throughout 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’ - advance downloads 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.
12 NOON - Gemtree - Wine and Wander
Discover the flora, fauna and wildlife of Gemtree along the Gemtree Eco trail. Learn about biodynamic grape growing and wine making at the Biodynamic Hut, enjoy a tutored tasting of Gemtree’s wines, and indulge in a private dining experience prepared by the award-winning chefs at the nearby Salopian Inn.
The Wine and Wander tour begins at Gemtree’s Tasting Room where you are greeted with a glass of sparkling wine, unparalleled views across McLaren Vale to the sea and your own personal tour guide. Before your epicurean lunch and leisurely stroll through Gemtree’s Eco trail, you will be treated to a personalised explanation of Gemtree’s organic and biodynamic philosophies and private wine tasting experience.
The Gemtree Eco trail has been lovingly restored from a degraded creek line into a biodiverse conservation area with six interlinking dams and 50,000 native plants over 10 hectares. Your secluded dining table is at the end of the Eco trail, under majestic gum trees surrounded by native Australian bushland – a haven for native birds, plants and animals. An unforgettable food and wine experience in unforgettable surroundings.
3:00 PM - Hugh Hamilton - Tasting of The Senses
A most unique tasting experience, perfect for the new wine lover. Open our ‘tasting toolbox’ and get your eyes, ears, fingers, nose and tastebuds into top gear to taste wine.
Pickup and drop off from local or Adelaide accommodation, exclusive use of vehicle and the care of one of our experienced driver guides.
Operates - Daily on request
Maximum guests per tour, dependent on vehicle type selected) is as per listing. If you have a group larger than 7 guests, we can accommodate your group on a group tour basis - please call or email us for more information.
Icon Tour Only $295.00 pp
2 passengers (Sedan) $595.00pp
3 Passengers (Sedan) $495.00pp
4 Passengers (Sedan) $475.00pp
5-7 passengers (MPV) $425.00pp