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The Basics

The various McLaren Vale wineries have different fee systems for tastings, but, as a general rule, expect to pay for wine tastings, both tutored and independent, vineyard or cellar tours, and food tastings if visiting independently. Some wineries, such as D’Arenberg, house informative sensory and multimedia displays and offer experiences from making your own wine to elaborate tasting menus.

Due to South Australia’s rigorous drunk-driving laws and its patchy public transport, many travelers visit the McLaren Vale wine region via organized tours with round-trip transfers. In addition to minivan tours and private tours, McLaren Vale bike tours are popular, which may include food and wine tastings. Select McLaren Vale winery tours also visit sites on the Fleurieu Peninsula, such as the coastal town of Victor Harbor.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Adelaide

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Go for it!
Shweta_S, Jan 2021
McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike
Great way to explore the McLaren Vale region. Ian was great and endured the tour was fun and adventurous.
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McLaren Vale
Alison_R, Jul 2021
McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch
Great experience . It was good to meet the people at the wineries and our host driver was very informative
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One of the best winery tours!
Trishna_K, Jun 2021
Mclaren Vale Luxury Full Day Small Group Wine Tour
The wineries were amazing and Greg really tailored the trip based on our interests. He was so friendly and yet gave us our space. The platter for lunch was especially delicious!
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Recommend this tour as being excellent value with Innex being a great guide.
Christopher_H, Mar 2021
McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch
Innex was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable with regard to the McLaren Vale region and its history and took us to areas that we would not otherwise have visited. Highlights included tasting different wines, beautiful scenery, gardens and a memorable lunch.
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Rain, hail or sunshine
Rory_B, Jun 2021
McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike
We cycled in rain, hail and sun- and it was all fabulous fun. I highly recommend this experience, even if my credit card it a bit exhausted from wine orders.
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Grea day out in McLaren Vale
Frances_M, May 2021
Mclaren Vale Luxury Full Day Small Group Wine Tour
Small wineries, lovely and interesting people, excellent driver and guide. We visited a range of wineries and tasted many wonderful wines.
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Wonderful day out
Jo_M, Apr 2021
McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch
We had a great time - personal, educational and professional service from Danny (a and a lovely day out sampling some of MacLaren Vale's finest. Thank you!
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Great fun experience
Michael_G, Apr 2021
Mclaren Vale Luxury Full Day Small Group Wine Tour
The host Nick and crew at Confessions were very friendly making for a fun and memorable day getting into wine ferments from grape to ready for casking. Wide range of wines tasted. Huge day and looked after extremely well - thanks Nick and Confessions
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Best wine tour
BRENDAN, Apr 2021
McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch
Very personalised. The choice of wineries was gold-class and award winning. Delicious lunch as part of the tour. The small people carrier was very comfortable and our driver very knowledgeable.
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Wonderful wine tour
Stephen_V, Apr 2021
McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch
A great tour and Innez was a wonderful tour guide. Small group and lovely lunch with plenty of different wines to sample. Highly recommended.
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Very nice day
Evariste_T, Mar 2020
McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike
Very nice day and trip We had a lot of fun, nice ride and wine testing I really recommand it All was parefctly organized from pick up to rides, food and testing
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Great choice
Sharon_B, Aug 2020
Mclaren Vale Luxury Full Day Small Group Wine Tour
Highly recommend this company - visited great wineries, had a nice lunch and had a lovely day overall

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A pilgrimage to McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley is a must for any South Australia visitor with an interest in food and wine.

  • The South Australia drink-driving limit is 0.05 and is rigorously enforced.

  • The legal drinking age in Australia is 18. While many winery restaurants welcome children, wine tasting is not a spectator sport.

  • Wheelchair access to McLaren Vale wineries varies. Call ahead for details on individual locations.

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How to Get There

Visit the McLaren Vale wine region as a day trip from Adelaide, about 25 miles (41 kilometers) to the north, or stay in the region itself. There's no public transportation, so most travelers either self-drive (with designated driver) or book an organized tour that includes transport.

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When to Get There

Some McLaren Vale wineries are open seven days a week, and most are closed for major holidays; others are open to the public only occasionally. The grape harvest and wine-making season usually falls between February and March.

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What McLaren Vale Wineries Should I Visit?

McLaren Vale winemakers have been working with grapes for well over a century, and every winery offers something different. Kay Brothers, established in 1892, is considered the oldest McLaren Vale winery that’s still in the founding family’s hands; d’Arenberg, whose deconstructed Cube building is a McLaren Vale landmark, is another popular stop; and Beresford Wines offers an elegant tasting pavilion.

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