Tour De Vines’ three-day, self-guided cycling tour from South Australia’s Auburn to Clare embraces Clare Valley’s emerging gourmet food scene and the inviting cellar doors, home to quality wines. The Clare Valley, one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, is world-renowned for its Riesling. First planted here in 1851, Clare’s lush vineyards are now dotted with 40 cellar doors. The small-town charm, rolling countryside, historic buildings and quaint pubs make this terrain perfect for leisurely cycling and wine enthusiasts.
Along the way, visit the iconic Skillogalee Winery, a boutique, family-owned winery and restaurant named after the eastern creek nearby. The O’Leary lunch is included so why not couple the specialities with Skillogalee’s very own Riesling.
Dine on this quality local produce under the shade of a huge olive tree overlooking a cottage garden. Tastings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grown on site are done in the 160-year-old stone cottage.
A highlight of the tour is a visit to O’Leary Walker Wines based at Leasingham, established by two winemakers and long-time friends with a shared passion for distinct wines. The winery sources fruit from Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and McLaren Vale.
Here you can enjoy the traditionally milled whites and reds with a full platter lunch included, with a selection of cheese, seasonal fruits, local meats and picked vegetables, whilst drinking in the panoramic views of the Watervale Region from inside the glass- walled cellar door, or outside on the veranda.
Guests can learn about Clare Valley’s diverse wine history at the green Seven Hill Winery set in the serene Seven Hill, named by Austrian Jesuits who set up camp in 1851. After tasting the fortified wines stored below the stone quarried property, explore the Winery Museum and the Underground Cellar before continuing your journey alongo the Riesling Trail.
Tour De Vines offers the perfect way to indulge in all this region has to offer whilst cycling the premier scenic trail with ease. Included are bike pick-up and drop-offs, breakfasts, lunches, where to ride, four-star accommodation and luggage transfers over the three-day tour. Logistics are taken care of, so you can relax and enjoy the full cycling experience, soaking up the sunshine and stopping at villages for a bite and a drop or two of crisp riesling.
Tour De Vines’ Winter special provides room upgrades for guests travelling between May and October. The three-day, two-night ‘Tour de Riesling Rail Trail’ itinerary starts from $449 per person for a double, all-inclusive.
For more information see: tourdevines.com.au