Experience McLaren Vale like a VIP! Discover unique paid tasting experiences across the wine region that offers a little indulgence, adventure and awakens your senses. Here’s a few of our top picks.
Angove Family Winemakers – Icon Wine Flight: Taste the family’s top, rare shiraz wines, and pair with your choice of local cheese or artisan chocolates.
Beresford – Icons Wine Tasting Experience: Iconic wines paired with food bites.
Chapel Hill – Icon Tasting Experience: Sample some of Chapel Hill’s most iconic, flagship red wines, accompanied by a plate of charcuterie, cheese and crispbread in this seated indulgent experience.
d’Arenberg – The Blending Bench: Become a winemaker for a few hours, blend your own wine and take a bottle home. For something extra special, try one of their Ultimate Experiences which include helicopter flight or fixed-wing flight and a degustation.
Hugh Hamilton Wines – Tasting of the Senses: This unique tasting involves all your senses – touch, taste, smell, sight and sound. Taste some of their flagship wines while you’re guided through a truly sensory experience.
Maxwell Wines – Mead Flight: Maxwell’s various meads paired with sweets from the restaurant.
Mitolo Wines – Flour Mill Road: Their tasting experiences are named after roads surrounding the Mitolo vineyards. Flour Mill Road allows you to sample their premium reds from their single vineyard range. Accompaniments are available from the kitchen for every tasting.
Wirra Wirra Wines – Shiraz Revolution: Winery tour and shiraz tasting with local Four Winds Chocolate pairings.
Let the chefs of the region feed you the way they know best… with a tasting or degustation-style menu sampling your way through a range of their top dishes. Match with wine for the ultimate experience.
- Bocca di Lupo, Mitolo Wines
- d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant
- Gather at Coriole
- Ekhidna Wines Restaurant
- Maxwell Wines Restaurant
- The Cube, d’Arenberg
- The Currant Shed
- The Salopian Inn
- WineFood, Shingleback
Want something a little easier to digest? Threre’s a range of wineries across the McLaren Vale region offering a-la-carte restaurant dining or casual platters. All of which can be found in our McLaren Vale Food and Wine Stars of the Region blog post.
Taste the region and savour the flavours with the McLaren Flat Mates food and wine trail. From bakeries to exquisite culinary delights offered by The General Wine Bar and Kitchen, the Currant Shed and Woodstock Coterie, there are a range of dining experiences waiting to be discovered.
The trail’s cellar doors offer a great insight into the regions wines, with personal service and stunning views. The hard part? Choosing a favourite from the likes of Dogridge, Gemtree Wines, Hugo Wines, Kangarilla Road, Shottesbrook, Beresford, Graham Stevens Wines and Yangarra, just to name a few. With great accommodation options along the trail like the McLaren Eye, Karawatha Cottages and The Vineyard Retreat, it’s a great base to explore the McLaren Vale Wine Region.
Top tip: Make sure you wander Gemtree’s Wetland Ecotrail and visit Perry’s Fruit and Nut Nursery.
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