Pulling Back the Vales

Overview: Visit a range of wineries and sample wines that provide a cross section of what McLaren Vale has to offer. You will have a chance to try the award-winning wines at gorgeous cellar doors.

Itinerary:
1. Yangarra Estate
2. Gemtree Wines
3. Maxwell Wine “Just Feed Us” Lunch/Wine
4. Hardys Tintara
5. Inkwell Wines

Highlights: ​This tour is the perfect introduction to the diversity of the McLaren Vale region.

Yangarra Estate enjoys similarities between the soil and climate conditions in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region of France. This has led them to grow only Chateauneuf-du-Pape varietals (13 of them). Their innovative techniques, including ceramic egg fermentation of Grenache, produce premium wines (incl. some Halliday ratings of 98 and 97) that are a ‘must try’ in the region. The 2016 High Sands Grenache was the Winner of Halliday’s Wine of the Year 2020.

Gemtree’s elevated tasting room/restaurant and deck provides a wonderful view while tasting their award-winning wines. Gemtree’s list of awards is more than impressive. Their dedication to sustainable viticulture is and award winning feature. 

Maxwell Wine will provide you with an amazing “Just Feed Us” dining experience with expert wine matching. Delicious!

Hardys Tintara is one the oldest wineries in the region and has the history of 6 generations of the Hardy family behind it. Luxury Winery Tours is able to offer a special tasting that includes award-winning wines and a special purchase offer. A visit to Hardys Tintara may also include a visit to the Fleurieu Arthouse that is on site. 

Inkwell Wines are a boutique, artisan producer of high-quality, small batch wines that excels as a certified organic vineyard. Try our special LWT structured tasting option and be guided through the flagship wines with the winemaker.

Tasting Experiences

Luxury Winery Tours is able to access a range of premium tastings as part of our tours. We also have some special options either unique to our customers, or provided by the wineries. See the details below for wineries on this tour with special options. All of our tastings are premium or icon wine tastings.

Gemtree Tasting Options

LWT Private Tasting Experience

A one-on-one private tasting conducted by one of Gemtree’s experienced staff outlining the history of our family run, generational and sustainable business. During this tasting you learn more about Gemtree’s Biodynamic and Organic ethos and an in-depth structured tasting of Gemtree’s Small Batch and Biodynamic Icon wines. This is a special tasting experience not available to the general public.

Being Biodynamic Tour and Private Tasting

This option is ideal for those who want to learn more about certified, sustainable viticulture practices and how they impact the vines and ultimately the wines in a special LWT tasting. Guests are taken on an informative and educational tour that reveals the organic and biodynamic practices actually used at Gemtree and includes a tour of the Biodynamic Hut and preparation area. This deeper knowledge of Gemtree’s end-to-end practices creates a new understanding of the wines in the Small Batch and Icon Wine Tasting.

Inkwell Tasting Options

Winemaker’s Private Tasting

Enjoy a private tasting with one of the winemaker/viticulturist owners and learn about the Inkwell certified organic practices that result in exceptional fruit for exceptional wines. This special tasting provides access to Inkwell’s premium wines on a journey of discovery. The tasting room overlooks the vineyards and the total experience of vista and wines is one you are sure to enjoy. Keep watching the vineyards, because it is not uncommon to see kangaroos grazing through the vineyard.

Featured Wines from this Tour

  • Yangarra 2015 High Sands Grenache (98)
  • Yangarra 2015 Ironheart Shiraz (97)
  • Yangarra 2016 McLaren Vale Shiraz (97)
  • Yangarra 2016 Ovitelli Grenache (96)
  • Gemtree April’s Dance Sparkling NV
  • Gemtree 2018 Grenache (95)
  • Gemtree 2018 Mataro (95)
  • The Phantom Red Blend 9
  • Gemtree 2015 Ernest Allan Shiraz (97)
  • Gemtree 2016 Obsidian Shiraz (97)
  • Maxwell NV Envious Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir
  • Maxwell Four Roads Grenache
  • Maxwell Ellen Street Shiraz
  • Maxwell Eocene Ancient Earth Shiraz
  • Tintara Yeenunga Shiraz 2015 (95)
  • Tintara Upper Tinatara Shiraz 2016 (97)
  • Tintara Blewitt Springs Shiraz 2015 (97)
  • Tintara Reserve Grenache 2016 (96)
  • Eileen Hardy Shiraz 2015 (98)
  • Thomas Hardy Cabernet (97)
  • Eileen Hardy Pinot Noir 2012 (97)
  • Eileen Hardy Chardonnay 2014 (96)
  • Inkwell Deeper Well Series
  • Inkwell Shiraz
  • Inkwell Grenache
  • Inkwell Primitivo

*Note that some featured wines may not be available for tasting. (And maybe it’s a little ambitious to try them all anyway!)

Bookings

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