McLaren Vale Unveiled
- Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
- Product code: MVU
Transferred southwards in your private Land Rover Discovery, the quick 45 minute ride has you checking in to the Vineyard Retreat – a private, peaceful and stylish vineyard retreat enjoying commanding views over our beautiful region. Settle in to your private guest house situated in the working vineyard, then head off to one of the regions most iconic pubs and cellar.
Wake up to the expansive views and native fauna, enjoy your own locally sourced eggs, bacon and continental extras. The day begins with a majestic walk in to “The Gorge”. At over 600 million years old, the Onkaparinga Gorge beautifully reveals the geology which makes the region’s wine and food so special.
Now, being intimately familiar with the region’s geology, run your hands along the walls of one of Australia’s most iconic wineries. Stroll Wirra Wirra’s historic ironstone cellars & winery and have a crack at ringing the Angelus Bell – the instrument used to call the entire region to the new vintage initiate every vintage. A visit perfectly wrapped up with a private tasting in the old Original Cellar Door.
With the juices flowing, it’s off to The Salopian Inn. Named in Tasting Australia’s Top Australian Restaurants, enjoy a lunch of truly awesome modern Australian cuisine.
Situated in a quintessential 1850’s Aussie homestead, the amazing food is complimented by the expansive vineyard views and roaring winter fires. Chef Owner Karena Armstrong is an absolute gun, with the credentials to match, having served extensive stints at many globally celebrated restaurants including Napa Valley’s The French Laundry and Icebergs in Sydney’s Bondi Beach.
Nicely sated, it’s time to pique your other senses and drop in to Bekkers, one of the regions’ most prestigious fine wine producers. Join the owners, Toby or Emmanuelle Bekkers, and experience the product of soil and soul. Enjoy a private tasting in the luxurious tasting room overlooking the estate in the dress circle of McLaren Vale. These wines are truly stunning, cellar-worthy specimens for any officianado.
Nipping back to the Vineyard Retreat you’ll have some quiet time to relax on the deck or in front of your crackling wood fire with a complimentary mini-bar before you slip in between the 1200 thread count sheets on your King size bed for a restful, dreamy sleep.
A new day dawns over the tapestry of vineyards outside your door, awakening your creativity. Breakfast at a local art gallery, followed by private tour of their indigenous art collection.
Now, get ready for a day of hedonistic pleasure at the avant-garde, Rubik’s Cube inspired, d‘Arenberg Cube.
d’Arenberg is a founding member of Australia’s First Families of Wine and the flamboyant five-story Cube complex erupts from the ground in the heart of its original McLaren Vale vineyard. Enjoy a full day immersion, including tour and private varietal masterclass, followed by an unbelievable 3 course meal with matched wine at d’Arrys Veranda.
Your seasonally changing lunch is matched with current and museum vintages from the d’Arenberg cellars; an extraordinary list of globally desirable wines.