Luxury Winery Tours Lunch Options

In creating our lunch options we realise that even in premium products our customers want value but also the right to choose something above and beyond. Some tours include lunch options, but if you want that something extra special, we have worked with Maxwell Wines to provide you with some options exclusive to Luxury Winery Tours. They must be booked through us, but paid for at the winery or by prior arrangement. The options we provide are sure to delight no matter what you choose.

Maxwell lunch experiences

Option 1: Luxury Winery Tours Luxury Experience

This option is included in some tours. Please check your itinerary for your lunch option. You are able to upgrade to the Indulgence or Premium options by booking in through Luxury Winery Tours and paying at the winery or by prior arrangement.

Arrive at Maxwell Wines to be welcomed with stunning views of the vineyard and an open view into a working winery. Enjoy a friendly and intimate tasting at the Cellar Door which showcases new and vibrant wines to bold reds etched with Maxwell history.

Delve deeper into the winery established in 1979 and is famous for its Mead – the oldest fermented drink known to man. After your tasting, join us on our Cellar Door Deck for far stretching views and delicious food. You will be in our Chef Fabian Lehmann’s capable hands as he showcases local produce in a casual yet refined manner. His menu will take you through five savoury dishes with a sweet finish from our Pastry Chef Jason Brown. During your informal culinary journey, all dishes will be complemented by matched Maxwell wines (exclusive to Luxury Winery Tours), to help enhance flavour and texture.

(Mead tasting may be available on some tours.)

Option 2: Luxury Winery Tours Indulgence Experience

For something indulgent, upgrade to this lunch option. It must be booked through Luxury Winery Tours and paid for at the winery or by prior arrangement.

Arrive at Maxwell Wines to stunning views of the vineyard and an open view into a working winery. Be welcomed with a glass of Envious Sparkling before departing on a winery tour.

You will be taken down in the heart of the winery and be shown the ins and outs of wine making. Enjoy wines from the barrel, a rare insight into the wines journey. After your tour, join us on our Cellar Door Deck for far stretching views and delicious food.

You will be in our Chef Fabian Lehmann’s capable hands as he showcases local produce in a casual yet refined manner. His menu will take you through five savoury dishes with a sweet finish from our Pastry Chef Jason Brown. During your informal culinary journey, all dishes will be complemented by matched Maxwell wines (exclusive to Luxury Winery Tours), to help enhance flavour and texture. 

Option 3: Luxury Winery Tours Premium Experience

This amazing and indulgent experience takes you through an exploration into the art of great wine and exceptional food. Spend half a day at Maxwell wines for a unique behind the scenes adventure.

A truly unique and incredible experience. Allow us Maxwell wines to show you our passion and take you on an unforgettable food and wine journey. Be welcomed with a glass of Envious Sparkling before departing on a winery tour.

You will be taken down in the heart of the winery and be shown the ins and outs of wine making. Enjoy wines from the barrel, a rare insight into the wines journey. A comparative masterclass awaits you inclusive of cellared wines and new releases. Discover the difference between age, wine maker and variety. This is an incredible journey into wine and truly breaking down its unique characteristics.

From here allow us to show you our century old Limestone cave, hand dug for the purpose of growing mushrooms. Harvest your own mushrooms but select only the best as your return journey takes you into the kitchen to hand your produce to the Chef.

Relax in our Dining Room as you leave yourself in Fabian Lehmann’s hands as his team guides you through a 4 course degustation menu, featuring your freshly picked mushrooms. This culinary journey is enhanced with carefully paired Maxwell wines.

An experience not to be missed.

Ekhidna lunch experience

Matt Rechner, the owner and winemaker at Ekhidna focuses his team on delivering the ultimate customer experience. From the moment you enter the cellar door tasting room you are made to feel welcome. You are entertained, informed and taken on a journey through the Ekhidna range of high-quality, wines that are nurtured both artistically and technically.

Subject to weather, you will have a chance venture into the vineyard and get a real appreciation of the impact that soil and weather makes on the McLaren Vale vines. You will understand what McLaren Vale so different, and how Matt gets the best from the fruit and why it develops the complexity and range of flavours in the bottle.

Your lunch experience is shaped by the chef to your preferences and then the Ekhidna wines are matched perfectly to complete your journey through food and wine.

Some featured dishes from the Winter Menu include:

  • Pumpkin, thyme and fontina arancini with Kewpie mayo (V)
  • Prosciutto wrapped figs, fried eggplant, maple labneh, roasted walnuts, pomegranate (GF) (VOA)
  • Kangaroo, brioche crumb, king brown mushrooms, miso bone marrow beurre noisette (GFO)
  • Crispy skin chicken breast, roasted seasonal vegetables, butternut pumpkin puree, walnut, caper, pomegranate salsa (GF)
  • Ekhidna rich chocolate brownie with ice cream

d'Arry's Verandah lunch experience

(This option is available on The Cube in the Vales tour or on other tours by arrangement)

When you select the d’Arry’s Verandah lunch option you are in for a treat.
The degustation menu with matched d’Arenberg Wines, complemented by the view over the surrounds and valley below, is a feat for all the senses. Jo and Peter Reschke give the best guidance in the introduction to their degustation menu. “

This is our very favourite way of eating and our homage, if you like, to the old adage ‘variety is the spice of life’. The resultant combination of flavours and textures created between the food and wine pairings makes for an experience that will linger.”

The d’Arry’s degustation menu provides some options to better cater for individual flavour preferences. A small sample of the dishes include:

  • Almond stuffed, crumbed and fried green Willunga olives with herb pesto (matched with NV The Peppermint Paddock Chambourcin Graciano)
  • Seared scallops on paella cracker with pickled sherry shallots, morcilla crumbs and paprika mayonessa (matched with either the 2012 The Conscious Biosphere Petit Sirah Aglianico OR 2014 The Sticks and Stones Tempranillo Grenache Souzao Tinta cao)

  • Passionfruit soufflé with cristoli and pouring cream (matched with 2017 The Noble Winkled Riesling)

Of course there are many more dishes on this menu including Torched Tuna, the d’Arry’s Verandah Signature Dish, Lobster medallion with blue swimmer crab, prawn ravioli and lobster bisque to name a few. 

You can enjoy the d’Arry’s Verandah degustation menu are part of our The Cube in the Vales feature tour. Book now!