The Fleurieu has the land, the produce, the wildlife and its people living in harmony. The aboriginal Kauna people enjoyed the unspoilt habitat in ancient times. As did the French explorer Baudin who named the Peninsula. The rolling vine-covered hills in the McLaren Vale region, in the centre of the region, feed over 60 small, very individual wineries. The region's wines are described as the middle palate of Australia because they produce soft full-flavoured wines.
The vineyards snake down to the tumbling surf on the coast, where sea creatures such as whales and Blue penguins thrive.
The area enjoys a Mediterranean type climate influenced by the St. Vincent's Gulf only 6 km away.
The tour departs Adelaide and first takes us south to the picturesque McLaren Vale Wine Region dotted over 50 small to medium wineries. It is situated near the coast hence the area has a distinctly Mediterranean feel.
Tours of the McLaren Vale wine region feature some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. Wineries include Wirra Wirra, d'Arenberg, Coriole and the historic Hardy's winery. Other attractions include the Olive Grove & possible cheese and wine trail. We head south to the coastal town of Goolwa, once a thriving paddle steamer port. Then enjoy lunch at the charming Flying Fish Café or Aquacaf overlooking the sea. After lunch we travel on the beach up to the Mouth of the River and travel to scenic lookouts in search of the Southern Right Whales that visit our shores with their newborn calves from June onwards. Interest depending we may also visit one of the local Brew Houses down near the sea.
We call into Victor Harbor and take a ride along the causeway, which links the mainland to Granite Island on Australia's only horse-drawn tram. See the fascinating Blue penguins through an interpretive center or view them at dusk as they make their way back to the island.
Return to Adelaide or stay overnight in Goolwa*(see notes).
COST PER PERSON
Please refer to the tour code and index page for correct pricing.
NO OF PERSONS
Miniumum 2 persons Maximum 5 persons
PICK UP & DROP OFF
Adelaide CBD or as requested.
Experienced wine tour guide/driver, wine and tourism information kit, pre and post-tour assistance, wine tastings, refreshments enroute with gourmet lunch provided.
*Optional Extra: Stay in charming B&B in coastal towns of Goolwa or Victor Harbour and connect with the Sealink Ferry over to Kangaroo Island.Please contact us to discuss.