Touring In Your Own Town | McLaren Vale
By Laura Bakhtiarian, @PiecesOfMe
If you are like me, you would only contemplate joining a tour when overseas… or maybe interstate. For the first time EVER, I went on a tour of the beautiful McLaren Vale region in my home state of South Australia and loved every minute of it!
I was lucky enough to join the McLaren Vale and The Cube Experience one day tour with Adelaide Sightseeing for a stunning day out amongst the vineyards. For many of us South Aussies, visiting a region in our picturesque home state is usually just a drive and a day trip away in your own car. Joining the tour gave me a good reason to leave my car at home and learn about the history of South Australia.
It made such a difference having our wonderful Tour Guide Peter, who was so passionate about our state; he really knew his stuff and never left us with a dull moment.
The McLaren Vale region offers visitors the best of being close to both the sea and the vines which is one of the reasons why this region produces some of our best wines in Australia. I am a big foodie! I live and breathe for food. This tour did not disappoint providing delicious snacks and dining across the day.
As we jumped off the minibus at our first stop, the McLaren Vale Visitor Centre provided gorgeous views in their scenic garden and a lawn area perfect for stretching your legs, getting some fresh country air and taking a few pictures to start the day. We enjoyed a morning tea of freshly baked warm muffins accompanied by your coffee order of choice; almond latte for me, made perfectly.
Our next stop was the famous D’Arenberg Cube and it was a first for me. I really enjoyed our tour of this spectacular and playful five-storey rubiks cube-like building. Optical illusions and hidden quirks fill each nook and cranny and having our two hosts ensured we didn’t miss a thing from the experience!
We ended up at the top floor of the Cube where we took part in a wine tasting overlooking breathe taking views of Willunga and its surrounds, before heading into Pollys Café on Level 3 of the Cube for a lovely light lunch.
Our day continued on with a choice of wine, beer or gin at Beresford Estate Wines, at this lovely contemporary Cellar Door overlooking a small lake with a relaxed atmosphere. I went for the gin and picked up a few gifts that will come in very handy for birthday presents and the like.
We then moved onto Wirra Wirra Wines for a historical tour of their grounds. We were told of the wineries 100-year history and the families behind the estate.
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We learnt about their towering Cannonball made from giant redgum trunks, at a go at ringing the Angelus bell and took a wander through the barrel room; before enjoying a wine tasting in their Cellar Door. I could honestly listen to our Guide talking about the winemaking process for hours. I’m sure this made me appreciate my wines even more.
I loved this one-day experience and with gorgeous weather ahead, this would be the perfect excuse to get a group of girlfriends together for a sneaky mid-week trip. Thanks so much to our Tour Guide Peter and to Adelaide Sightseeing for the amazing, well-planned day out.