I recently went on a wine tour through the good people of Primeminitours (www.primeminitours.com) through the McLaren Vale wine region and also that of the Adelaide Hills.
Along the way we visited 5 wineries and 1 beautiful cheese shop. Luckily being in a group of 3, we could move through each one quite quickly and have the time to enjoy an additional winery in Hahndorf at our own expense.
Stop 1: Blessed Cheese Cafe
Blessed Cheese Cafe in McLaren Vale
The beautiful cheese platter for morning tea with a selection of nuts, dried fruits and quince paste
Stop 2: Fox Creek Winery – This stop also included a tour of the winery to learn and understand the process of creating wines.
Inside the crushing and fermenting section of the Fox Creek Winery.
All these oak barrels costing approximately $1600 each and usually have a 4 year life but currently storing a lot of 2012 & 2013 vintages.
The Fox Creek Winery cellar door. A beautiful old stone cottage.
A lot of the wineries in the McLaren Vale region have various artistic sculptures. This one is one of my favourites and it is reflected in one of their wines, the Red Baron Shiraz.
Stop 3: Lloyd Brothers
Overlooking the surrounds of Lloyd Brothers. Under a blue sky, this would look so beautiful.
Lloyd Brothers tasting room. They also specialise in alpaca wool products and olives.
Some of the wine varieties, with tasting notes, at Lloyd Brothers in McLaren Vale. The one on the left is a white shiraz. Somewhat unusual but very nice.
Stop 4: Woodstock Winery
Inside the tasting room of Woodstock Winery in McLaren Vale.
Woodstock Winery in McLaren Vale and looking forward to a platter of local food for lunch.
A beautiful platter of food for lunch full of locally made produce, including fritatta, turkey, ham, pate, aracini balls, cheese, mushrooms & olives
Stop 5: Longview Winery
The Longview Winery Cellar Door
The range of wines for tasting at Longview Winery in the Adelaide Hills.
Scenic view within the grounds of Longview Winery in the Adelaide Hills.
Stop 6: RockBare Winery
RockBare Wines cellar door in the main street of Hahndorf.
Getting ready for a tasting session at RockBare Wines in Hahndorf.
Stop 7: Somerled Wines (Additional Extra)
Somerled Wines cellar door on the main street of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills.
Last tasting for the day at Somerled Wines in Hahndorf. Not part of the tour but had enough time to enjoy it.