Adelaide Wine Tours
McLaren Vale - Adelaide Hills - Barossa Valley
winery tours in South Australia.
visiting five wineries
Visit a world class winery with a private chauffeured vehicle or luxury bus tours
Great way to see the South Australian wineries, we will assist you with finding the right wine tour to suit your group size and preferred region. Wine Valley Tours specialise in winery tours from Adelaide to all regions. Book a wine tour from Adelaide with wine Valley Tours, Australian owned and operated.
Penfold's Heritage tour
here is the Penfold's cellar door
Unravel a wine experience of grand proportions at Penfolds Magill Estate. Expand your palate with celebrated wine and food, or explore the spiritual birthplace for some of the most famous Australian winemaking stories, dating back to 1844.
Adelaide Hills Tour
One of the major influences on colonial Adelaide Hills winemaking was Edmund Mazure, a French trained winemaker who was employed by Sir Samuel Davenport at Beaumont in 1884. He went on to work at Young’s Kanmantoo vineyard and Auldana Vineyards where he pioneered methode champenoise champagne and sparkling burgundy – a unique Australian red wine style.
From 1840 to 1900 a total of 225 grape growers practised viticulture and winemaking in the central Mount Lofty Ranges.
However, many of these early vineyards and wineries went bankrupt in the early 1900s due to the removal of Imperial Preference, which had favoured exports of Australian produce to the United Kingdom. For the next 50 years the land was used for dairying, beef cattle, sheep and fruit and vegetable growing.
A revival took place in the 1970s and 1980s with a new group of pioneers such as Brian Croser, Stephen George, Tim Knappstein and Stephen and Prue Henschke, Geoff Weaver, Michael Hill Smith and Martin Shaw, who recognised the cool climate characteristics of the region.
cellar door sales
most wineries offer a delivery at an extremely low rate, we recommend you purchase a wine that is not available in your home town.
Here the lady is sampling wines at the historic stone Henschke Cellar Door, built in the 1860s by Johann Christian Henschke, is one of the most captivating wine tasting experiences. As you taste through a line-up of beautiful wines in these intimate surrounds, watched over by portraits of Henschke forebears, you will feel very connected to the six generations of family who have contributed to the success of Henschke.
The Henschke Cellar Door.
The Woolshed was built alongside in 1952, including underground wine tanks, a shearing shed and sheep yards. The original dry-stone walls of the old Grain Barn have been preserved and brought to life to become a new Henschke tasting experience, paying respect to the past 150 years of Henschke family winemaking and embracing the future.
Lavenders here at Henschke.
A herb with many culinary uses, also makes a stunning addition to borders and perennial gardens, providing sweeping drifts of color from early summer into fall. With its silvery-green foliage, upright flower spikes and compact shrub-like form, lavender is ideal for creating informal hedges
The beginnings of McLaren Vale
shiraz - grenache - Mataro - cabernet
McLaren Vale wine history.
John Reynell and Thomas Hardy planted grape vines in 1838 and the Seaview and Hardy wineries were in operation as early as 1850.
At that time, McLaren Vale wineries made heavy, dry table wines in the style required by the bulk wine merchants and exporters of the 19th century. By the turn of the 20th century there was a shift towards making fortified wines.
Between 1920 and 1930, exports trebled and finally, after World War II, local sales increased. In the 1950s, several McLaren Vale wineries began bottling small parcels of selected wines and established cellar door tastings and sales.
In the same period, many Italian migrants settled in McLaren Vale and introduced olive and olive oil production. More recently, the production of almonds, cheese, milk and cream have added to the rich food tapestry of our region.
It was not until the 1970s that table wine grew in popularity and within the same decade, over 25 new wineries were established in our region which specialised in the production of distinctive Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache.
Today, McLaren Vale is host to more than 190 producers, including 80 cellar doors. Our region’s wines and their makers continue to receive awards and major trophies at the world’s most prestigious wine shows.
For More details
The best way to book is via a contact email with any questions you may have, we can also add time to the tour at an hourly rate, you may like to continue with a Gin tasting or a craft beer venue.
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Wine Valley Tours has many tour packages, we can organise all regions for you to explore.