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d'Arenberg McLaren Vale: The Blending Bench and 8-Course Degustation with Wine Pairing

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McLaren Vale, Australia
d'Arenberg McLaren Vale: The Blending Bench and 8-Course Degustation with Wine Pairing

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McLaren Vale is one of Australia’s most renowned wine regions, but most winery tours only offer wine tasting. This half-day Blending Bench experience at d'Arenberg winery unveils the secrets of winemaking as you create your own unique wine blend, then sit down to enjoy an 8-course degustation menu at d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant.
  • 4.5-hour Blending Bench experience at d'Arenberg winery in McLaren Vale
  • Learn the secrets of winemaking with a hands-on experience at d'Arenberg winery
  • Create your own Shiraz wine blend and receive a sample bottle to take away
  • Indulge with an 8-course degustation lunch at d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant
  • Take away a sample bottle of your personalised wine
  • Small-group tour limited to six people ensures a personalised experience
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Blending Bench experience
750-ml sample bottle of wine to take home
8-course degustation with matching wines
Transportation to/from winery
Osborn Road , Osborn Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171, Australia

Departure Point: d'Arenberg winery Address: Osborn Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171 Dates: Monday - Friday

10:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to the d'Arenberg winery in McLaren Vale in time for a 10.30am start. 

Start by learning more about the winemaking process as your guide explains how the grapes are picked, crushed, fermented, pressed, and barrel aged. Thankfully, the hard work has already been done for you, so you can set straight to work creating your own unique wine blend. Working with a palette of wine samples, each with distinctive flavors and textures, mix your own version of d'Arenberg's premium Shiraz under the guidance of the winemakers. Once you’re happy with your creation, you’ll have chance to bottle and name your wine, and be presented with a 750-ml sample to take home with you.

After working up an appetite in the tasting room, head over to d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, where you’ll be treated to an unforgettable lunch overlooking the rolling vineyards of McLaren Vale. Tuck into an 8-course degustation menu of gourmet cuisine, including carefully selected wines and a decadent dessert.

Once your lunch is over, you are free to stroll around the vineyards and take in the views, before making your own way back to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
d'Arenberg
Arrive at d'Arenberg winery for your Blending Bench experience, where a palette of wine parcels, each with distinctive flavors and textures, awaits your blending in search of balance, fullness, and finesse. The physical work is already done for you—picking, crushing, fermenting, foot treading, basket pressing, and barrel aging. You'll create a wine that is truly unique, and then bottle, name, and label a 750-ml sample to take home and show off to your friends. Following your blending session, sit down to an 8-course degustation at d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, overlooking the rolling hills of McLaren Vale. An homage, if you like, to the old adage "variety is the spice of life," this meal is an exceptional way to end your d'Arenberg experience. The resulting combination of flavors and textures created between the food and wine pairings will be the highlight of your time in South Australia.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY d'Arenberg
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on sanitization during d'Arenberg McLaren Vale: The Blending Bench and 8-Course Degustation with Wine Pairing?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during d'Arenberg McLaren Vale: The Blending Bench and 8-Course Degustation with Wine Pairing?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during d'Arenberg McLaren Vale: The Blending Bench and 8-Course Degustation with Wine Pairing?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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