A visit to the City of Churches, Adelaide, is not complete without experiencing the picturesque winery regions surrounding the city. McLaren Vale, only 35km south of city centre, located between the Mount Lofty Ranges and white sandy beaches, is an ideal location for a day out of town.
The famous wine region, known for its classy red wines, is perfect for grape growing. With a Mediterranean climate, the region is home to some of the oldest vines in the country. Boasting 110 wineries and 65 cellar doors in the area, one in particular that can’t be missed is d’Arenberg.
Part of d’Arenberg’s charm is the fact that it is family owned, and produces internationally renowned red wines. After recently opening the d’Arenberg Cube, which has enhanced the visitor experience, the winery now gives wine lovers the opportunity to fully appreciate the sweeping views and sheer beauty of McLaren Vale.
The Blending Bench is a hands on, interactive experience where you play winemaker. A palette of wine parcels, each with distinctive flavours and textures, are melded in search of balance, fullness and finesse.
With staff doing the physical work of picking, crushing, fermenting, foot treading, basket pressing and barrel aging, you get to be creative and produce a wine that is exclusive to you before bottling, naming and labeling a 750ml sample to take home.
For those who are after an introductory lesson on wines, the Varietal Discovery & Cheese Tasting Plate is a hosted master class that is sure to take you on an educational journey. Learn how to swirl, smell, taste and most importantly, how to identify the classic grape varieties and their subtleties.
Build up your wine vocabulary whilst you discover the differences between an aromatic or textural white wine, how to describe reds with varying intensity, mouthful, body and tannins. Hear about d’Arenberg’s age-old winemaking techniques, and graze on a cheese plate as you are expertly guided through six wines from d’Arenberg’s award winning portfolio.
Another popular experience that TIXSTAR brings to you is the Dead Arm Shiraz Vertical Masterclass & Cheese Tasting Plate. Since its release in 1993 the Dead Arm Shiraz has received hundreds of accolades from wine experts and critics from all over the world.
This wonderful experience offers the opportunity to explore the history of this outstanding wine, whilst being skillfully guided through each back vintage sample, matched to a cheese tasting plate.
Following the masterclass, you will receive a current vintage bottle of the Dead Arm Shiraz, presented in a gift box and signed by the current winemaker, fourth generation family member Chester Osborn.
Additionally, all experiences have transfer options available upon request so you can fully immerse yourself in d’Arenberg’s unique experiences. For further information on each experience and the magnificent McLaren Vale region, please click here..