We had a fantastic day in McLaren Vale on Tuesday, well worth doing!
We hired a self drive mini bus, cost around $180 with fuel and mileage. There was 10 of us so sharing the cost was a bit of a bargin!
We started off with brunch in the Tin Shed Cafe, i hadn't booked a table, oops! but they were fantastic, put us in the garden on a huge table where we could all eat together, we all ordered our own breakfast etc at the bar and the food and drinks arrived very quickly with not one mistake!
Then, bellys lined we hit the wineries! There are so many around there (apparently 72!) so we had randonly picked out 10 and planned a route expecting that we might get around 5.
After 5 stops we needed coffee so popped back to the Tin Shed! Then stopped in at the cheese shop (yummy!) and bakery to collect some lunch supplies as One of the wineries let you bring your own picnic.
After our picnic lunch we hit one more place before heading back to Adelaide, all slightly squiffy, sunburnt, tired
and laddened down with more than a few bottles!
So....recommendations?......well we ended up visiting 7 wineries.....
Our favorite wines were from Shingleback, Rosemont, and Fox Creek. Fox Creek was also our favorite winery, we had been told you can bring your own picnic there so we picked up some bread and cheese on the way, the lady offered us to sit in the garden or even on the veranda. Once we were settled in the garden she brought us out platters to put our cheese on, bottles of water and glasses and then came in and out with about 8 wines for us to taste while we ate! They were amazingly lovely and welcoming.
Would definatly recomend the Tin Shed, (its also in the entertainment book) but also the carriage cafe is lovely, but closed on Tuesdays!
If you can get together a group, hiring a minibus was great, only one driver needed (poor Tel!) and not at all expensive, we'd looked at the organised tours and they cost upwards of $80 per person!
If you are feeling fit you could actually do a walkingor bike tour, i think we drove about 12km and visitied 7 wineries but we also drove past probably 10 more, there are also about 10 or 12 within town.
We had such a great day!