Food and Wine in South Australia and Kangaroo Island
Savour the gourmet delights of South Australia, from the powerful Shiraz of the McLaren Vale to the distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon and fresh produce of unspoilt Kangaroo Island.
Join ‘The Wine Man’, Peter Bourne, to taste your way through some of Australia’s finest food and vintage wines, beginning with a visit to fourth-generation d’Arenberg winery in McLaren Vale with their modernist Cube building. Cross by ferry to Kangaroo Island, where the natural beauty and purity of the landscape expresses itself in fine wine and clean, fresh seafood cuisine. See sea lion colonies hundreds strong, discover the honey of the Ligurian bee found nowhere else on earth, and sample the fruity, complex gin of the island’s artisanal distilleries.
Arrive in Adelaide in the early afternoon on suggested Qantas flights and make your way to the hotel.
At 18:00, join Peter and fellow travellers for a welcome briefing, followed by a special welcome dinner at Jolleys Boathouse. Situated on the Torrens River which wends its way through the parklands just north of the city, Jolleys Boathouse has become an Adelaide institution since it was founded over 30 years ago in a renovated boatshed. Fusing European technique, Asian flavours and local Australian produce, Jolleys Boathouse is delightfully, and delectably, South Australian.
Check out of the hotel and travel to d’Arenberg Winery in McLaren Vale, home of the distinctive modernist Cube building and producer of some of Australia’s finest Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich and full-bodied, d’Arenberg’s reds are famous for their power and balance. Their Cabernet Sauvignon blends notes of blackcurrant and roasted tomato, while their Shiraz is an earthy, spicy melange of plum, liquorice and blackberry. Enjoy a tour of the winery followed by lunch in one of South Australia’s finest vineyard restaurants, with carefully-selected wine pairings.
After lunch, travel onwards to Cape Jervis at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula to board the ferry to Kangaroo Island.
Arrive on Kangaroo Island in the late afternoon and check in to the hotel.
This morning, begin your exploration of Kangaroo Island. Visit the Island Beehive to see working honey producers tending one of the world’s only remaining colonies of pure Lugurian honey bees, and taste their several varieties of honey. The Lugurian honey bee subspecies (Apis mellifera ligustica) was native to northern Italy, but progressive hybridisation with the German honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) has diluted their stock in Europe. Fortunately, in 1884 a colony of Ligurians was established on Kangaroo Island.
Then travel to Hannaford & Sachs on the island’s stunning north coast for lunch at one of the island’s premier fine dining restaurants. Chef Rachel Hannaford presides over a menu utilising the best of local Kangaroo Island produce.
After lunch, enjoy a tour and tasting at the vineyards of The Islander Estate. Established by Frenchman Jacques Lurton in 2000, The Islander Estate benefits from the Lurton family’s hundreds of years of winemaking experience in Bordeaux, and the traditional Semillon and Cabernet Franc grape varieties remain the stars of the show, although with sweeter fruit due to the Australian climate.
In the morning, travel to the south coast of the island for a visit to Seal Bay Conservation Park. One of the iconic images of Kangaroo Island is its colony of Australian sea lions (Neophoca cinerea) basking on the beaches, casually indifferent to human observers. This endangered species was nearly hunted to extinction in the 19th century, and the Kangaroo Island colony still represents a significant portion of their entire population.
Enjoy a special farewell lunch with Peter and fellow travellers at Sunset Food & Wine, a restaurant overlooking American Beach and Eastern Cove. The first Kangaroo Island restaurant to be awarded a Good Food Guide chef’s hat, Sunset Food & Wine benefits from the passion of Michelin-trained chef Jack Ingram.
Cap off the afternoon with a brief visit to Kangaroo Island Spirits, an artisanal gin distillery which is Australia’s oldest establishment dedicated to the craft. In addition to a range of gins, the distillery also produces delectable liqueurs from Kangaroo Island-grown herbs and fruits.
Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to Kingscote Kangaroo Island Airport for a flight to Adelaide departing at 10:30 (included in tour price).
Tour arrangements conclude on arrival at Adelaide Airport at 11:05. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your onward flights and other travel arrangements, including any additional nights’ accommodation, either before or after the tour.
*Single travellers may request to share.
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02 September 2019
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Tour price includes
- Accommodation in centrally-located 4- and 5-star hotels with breakfast daily (B)
- Fine restaurant dining and other meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wines specially selected by your tour leader
- Visits to specially selected vineyards, wineries and distilleries for talks and tastings
- Ferry from South Australian mainland to Kangaroo Island
- Economy Class flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide
- Transportation throughout in comfortable air-conditioned coaches
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price does not include
- Flights to and from Adelaide (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- Airport/hotel transfer on tour arrival
- Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, room service, etc.
- Travel insurance (highly recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
Adelaide – Mayfair Hotel *****
Kangaroo Island – Aurora Ozone Hotel ****
NB. Hotels and restaurants of a similar standard may be substituted
The third largest island in Australia, Kangaroo Island is an unspoilt gem 4,400 sq km in area. Cut off from the South Australian mainland by rising sea levels a thousand years ago, by the time of European colonisation the island was uninhabited, and it subsequently became an outpost for whalers and sealers in the 19th century. During the 20th century, the fishing industry – particularly for the highly-prized southern rock lobster – formed the backbone of the island’s economy, and in recent decades it has flourished as a destination for fine, fresh, pure food and wine.