Clare Valley Wine Tasting Tour - Mintaro
The Tour starts from your hotel at 9.15am travelling in a luxury Limousine for a leisurely day at one of Australia's oldest Wine Regions, the Clare Valley. As we amble our way through the City, your guide will give you a brief description of the history of Adelaide and point out some of the highlights that we may encounter on our journey to Clare (traveling time 1.4 hours). On our journey we will encounter rolling fields with quaint villages dotted with antique shops. Our first stop will be at Auburn where you can participate in a cup of refreshing coffee, perhaps you would just like to stretch your legs before we begin with wine tasting. Wineries we may encounter are Grosset, Taylor's, O'Leary Walker, Annie's Lane, Kilakanoon, Mitchell with lunch at Skillogalee. After lunch we will continue on to Sevenhills, Pauletts, Pikes, Reilly's and then onto Tim Gramp. Fancy discovering a new boutique winery or choose your own destinations ~ for Wine or Reason will take you there!! ~ it's your tour, you choose! Our journey home will lead us in a different direction via Balaklava, Mallala and Two Wells. Clare Valley is the home of the Australian Riesling and accounts for around 2.5% of the nation's crush. Its boutique wines however are taking the world by storm! Principal red varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. James Halliday (wine critic) compares Clare to Tuscany for its rustic flavour and Mediterranean climate; here you may see Vignerons at work in 150-year-old cellars. Sevenhill cellar is the oldest vineyard in Clare Valley and was settled by Jesuit Priests in 1848 when a small band of Jesuits, fleeing religious persecution in Austria, migrated to the free colony of South Australia. The grapes were originally used to produce sacramental wine - but the current resident Jesuit Brothers don't take it too seriously. The cellar door now opens on Sunday, visited by more than 40,000 visitors annually and boasts the motto: “Life is too short to drink bad wine”.