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by Amanda I (subscribe)
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Published November 15th 2018
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I feel like a diva. I'm travelling around McLaren Vale in a luxurious Mercedes Benz, enjoying delectable cuisine and sampling world-class wine.

McLaren Vale is synonymous with wine and it's easy to see why. Only 45 minutes from Adelaide, this picturesque rural town is packed with incredible wineries.

I have embarked on a wine tasting road trip with Wine Diva Tours. Our day started at 9.15am, when we were picked up from our Adelaide city accommodation. We were on the McLaren Vale full day wine tour. While this tour was a group tour, we were fortunate enough to be the only two participants.

As we headed out of the city, our guide enquired about our wine preferences and planned our day accordingly.

We began at Serafino, a beautiful winery with lush lawn, geese and a large pond. As we entered through the stunning stained glass door, friendly staff greeted us.

Serafino, McLaren Vale, Wine, Vineyard, red, geese, Adelaide, South Australia
Grounds at Serafino

As I sampled seven wines, my taste buds danced with smooth, fruity, rich, old and young flavours. Serafino has a large cellar door. Awards lined the walls and there was plenty of merchandise for sale including books, glasses and socks.

Serafino, McLaren Vale, Wine, Vineyard, red, geese, Adelaide, South Australia
Serafino Cellar Door

Wirra Wirra was our next stop. We sampled numerous wines including Church Block and organic varieties. As we were tasting, staff were providing fascinating information including where the name Church Block came from and describing the differences with the wines that were made with grapes from soft clay, harder terrains and higher elevations.

Wirra Wirra, Winery, McLaren Vale, Adelaide, South Australia
Wirra Wirra Cellar Door

Our final winery before lunch was Pertaringa with its magnificent gum trees and stunning views. We enjoyed the bold Shiraz before sweetening our palettes with Moscato and Muscat.

Pertaringa, Winery, McLaren Vale, Adelaide, South Australia, wine

By now, I was getting hungry and keen to try some of the region's cuisine. After tasting more great wines at Doc Adams, we enjoyed the most incredible lunch platter consisting of capsicum and sundried tomato dip, quince paste, crackers, brie, cheddar, olives, celery, carrots and strawberries. The proportion was staggering, this platter was for two people!

Platter, Doc Adams, lunch, wine tasting, Adelaide, South Australia, McLaren Vale
Lunch Platter

After lunch, we were ready to explore another winery. Our fifth winery was Lloyd Brothers. In addition to the delicious wines, they grow lavender and olive trees. Merchandise includes soaps, loafers and honey.

Lloyd Brothers, Adelaide, McLaren Vale, Wineryd
Lloyd Brothers Cellar Door

The large terrace overlooks a beautiful garden.

We had a brief stop at d'Arenberg Cube. This five storey building is truly unique. Drawing inspiration from the Rubix cube, this architectural masterpiece includes bars, wine tastings and a multi-sensory room.

Our trip would not be complete without chocolate so our final destination was The Menz FruChocs Shop. FruChocs are an institution in South Australia, first being produced in 1948. There are now approximately 60,000,000 FruChocs produced each year. The National Trust has even recognised FruChocs as having cultural and historical significance to South Australia

This store is huge. There are bags of chocolate coated lollies including milk bottles, bananas, strawberry creams and honeycomb. There are also plenty of non-coated chocolate lollies so if you can't find the chocolate coated lollies you are looking for, FruChocs will coat your lollies on request.

FruChocs is more than just a shop, visitors can observe the chocolate enrobing line, see the original machines, capture the moment in a photo booth and witness chocolate art.

With wine, chocolate and delectable food, this was the perfect tour. Become a Wine Diva today!
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Why? Wine Tasting Tour
Phone: (08) 8323 9806
Where: McLaren Vale
Cost: From $175 per person
Your Comment
I really love McLaren Vale - your article is a great showcase for the area!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3642) 742 days ago
Looks lovely Amanda.
by May Cross (score: 3|7414) 744 days ago
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