Q: What are the differences between a Wine tour, a Tour de Foodies tour and an Extended tour?
A: Wine Tours are predominantly wine focussed. Tour de Foodies are more general tours focussing on wine, food and/or sightseeing and leisure activities. The Wine Tour overview
& Tour de Foodies overview
explain these two types of tours in detail.
An extended wine tour gives you options to tour wine regions over a few days or for example take a walking or cycling tour, or combine a few day tours into a longer tour.
Q: What is the difference between a Private, Share or Group tour?
A: A share tour, also known as a small group tour, is suitable for two people and up to a maximum of five persons.
Share tours can be joined by individuals and/or couples. Share tours are also a more economical way to travel.
Private tours, also known as Private Experience Tours, are exclusive and flexible. They cater for individuals specific tastes and preferences.
Q: What are the main wine regions in SA?
A: There are 5 main wine regions in SA
Please check our map for more detail
Q: How far away from Adelaide are the main wine regions?
A: The wine regions are between 30 minutes and 4 hours away by car.
Adelaide Hills are 30 minutes east of Adelaide
Barossa Valley is 1¼ hours north east of Adelaide
Coonawarra is 4 hours south east of Adelaide
Clare Valley is 1¾ hours directly north of Adelaide
McLaren Vale is 40 minutes south of Adelaide
Q: What makes the wine regions different from each other?
A: The Barossa Valley has an international reputation. Four large wine companies are based there with Shiraz red wine the most well-known variety produced. Dry Reisling is also produced close by at Eden Valley.
The Clare Valley is famous for its Riesling
McLaren Vale produces red varieties like Shiraz and Grenache.
The Coonawarra is famous its for Cabernet.
The Adelaide Hills are best known for their white varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Q: We have one day. What can we fit in?
A: The Barossa Valley tour can be completed comfortably in one day. It is also possible to combine the Adelaide Hills and Barossa, or Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale regions.
The Coonawarra region is further away. You will need two days to tour this region, or include it as part of the Great Ocean Road tour.
Q: We only have part of a day. What can we fit in?
A: The Adelaide Hills region is ideal if travel time is short. McLaren Vale is also possible for a half day tour.
Our 2 or 4 hour Insiders Adelaide city walking tours around the city are also ideal if you only have a short time.
Q: Can the tour be tailored?
I have 4 small group tours , these operate with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 5 people. These tours leave from the city but many can be picked up from the wine regions with time cut off at beginning and end of day, to allow for travelling time to and from city. Private tours can tailored to suit whatever guests request.
Q: If I drive myself can I join a tour in a wine region?
You can join share tours from most wine regions (excluding Clare Valley and Coonawarra).
Of course private tours can be organised to all regions.
Q: If some of our guests do not drink wine, can you add other experiences?
A: We understand that wine tours are not appropriate for everyone so we combine hands-on food experiences and cooking schools with our wine experiences. We also offer more active experiences such as walking, cycling, golf and hot air ballooning.
We want guests to do things they can't do at home, to immerse themselves in our Australian lifestyle, meet locals and travel off the beaten track, if desired.
You can experience life like a local in our city, enjoy health, wellness and spa experiences or experience our beaches and wildlife.
We encourage our guests to follow their passions! Please fill in our enquiry form to let us know how you would best enjoy your stay.
Q: If I am travelling alone can I join any of the tours?
A: If you are on your own, consider joining one of our share tours. If you are flexible with your days we may be able to accommodate you on an existing tour or arrange a private tour for you. We offer tour programs ideal for singles too! Please fill in our enquiry form so we can contact you with options.
Q: What are our options if we have children?
A: We can visit The Adelaide Central Market for a food adventure! We can go through the museum with our Aboriginal guide Hayden who has a teaching background. We can travel through the Adelaide Hills to arrive at the charming German village of Hahndorf where we will find great wineries, cheese and chocolate makers.
There are a lot of experiences around Hahndorf and Adelaide to keep everyone entertained! Children will enjoy picking strawberries while parents taste wine at Shaw and Smith Winery, Balhannah. Parents can also taste wine at Somelad with winemakers, while children are next door with a guide on a cheesemaker’s tour.
Q: What unique experince can we include on our wine tour?
A: The possibilities are almost endless, but here’s a sample!
- Meet winemakers for an in-depth experience exploring the icons of Australian wine!
- Ride a Harley-Davidson Barossa Valley trike for an exhilarating couple of hours.
- Walk or cycle through the Adelaide Hills to wineries off the beaten track.
- Fly in a hot air balloon over the Barossa Valley at sunrise, watching kangaroos across the fields.
- Make your own blend. Put on a white lab coat and blend your own bottle! Taste 100 year old port or one from the year of your birth.
- Make cheese, shop with chefs at a farmers market, meet the locals, then cook your selected ingredients at cooking school.
- Visit a traditional smokehouse. Watch lachsschinken, mettwurst and other traditional meats being smoked, and make your own sausages!
- Taste what is considered Australia’s best pizza made with these famous local meats.
- Pamper yourself at the local spa which offers a bath in red wine!