FORK AND GRAPE
Off Piste 4WD Tours and McLaren Vale award winning restaurant, The Salopian Inn has joined forces offering an irresistible 1-day 4WD food adventure. The exclusive Fork and Grape Tour takes you on a day’s exploration of all the senses. Journey where others don’t visiting the hidden and unknown beauty of Fleurieu Peninsula’s cherished region, McLaren Vale while surrendering to Karena Armstrong’s 'chef selection' food sensation.
OVERVIEW OF TOUR
The tour departs daily from central Adelaide at 9:30am, Glenelg at 9:50am, McLaren Vale at 10:20am from your hotel or a pre-arranged location, including Adelaide Airport. A 40-minute drive brings the tour to the world-acclaimed wine region of McLaren Vale. On the way your local guide, Ben will run through the story of McLaren Vale, the surrounding region and the wine industry’s local heritage.
Unlike a standard McLaren Vale wine tour, Off Piste 4WD Tours ventures through a range of superb off-road tracks getting right off the beaten track visiting local iconic producers at exclusive locations that other tours cannot reach. Ben has worked hard to gain access to local spots and enchants guests to the hidden beauty of McLaren Vale creating an authentic point of difference.
The journey drops into a couple of the local wineries getting beyond the cellar door not only taste wines straight from barrel but also have a personal tasting amongst the vineyards*. Here, you will have the opportunity to meet the respective winemaker, and importantly, taste the latest releases.
The tour makes its way to an incredible bush setting exclusive to Off Piste 4WD Tours for refreshments via a thrilling off-road adventure track away from the crowds. Handmade soft cheeses are served, all made from locally sourced producers together with premium McLaren Vale wines, handcraft beers and fresh juices while taking in the stunning scenery deep in the Southern Vales.
Next stop is lunch set in an eclectic yet very exclusive, surprise location. The highly personal experience comprises of a delicious, three course food safari that wanders through a variety of themes from Europe/Mediterranean old and new, seafood and authentic modern Asian influences. Lunch is prepared by a dedicated team of highly trained chefs at the Salopian Inn restaurant, McLaren Vale.
From here, we take another exclusive off-road track up the Willunga Hills for an unforgettable vista over the entire region and the sparkling Gulf St Vincent. A rare drive along the pristine Silversands Beach** cruising just metres away from the tranquility of the breaking ocean waves. The amazing day concludes with an exclusive private cellar tasting at one of McLaren Vale's most historic homesteads that adds a very personal touch to a very special day out.
A relaxed 40-minute return trip will see you safely back to your hotel or a pre-arranged location.
* Depends on weather and staff availability. ** Itinerary might be reversed due to low tide times so beach drive can proceed.
• 8 hour fully guided 4WD tour
• Lunch - Delicious 3 courses (Drinks and desserts not included if dining at the restaurant)
• Tour is fully flexible and operates with a local guide
• Free onboard WiFi
• Permits and entry fees to National Parks
• A refreshment stop serving local soft cheeses with McLaren Vale wines, local handcraft beers and non-alcoholic beverages
• Tour vehicle is a luxury, air conditioned 2016 Toyota VX 200-Series 4WD Land Cruiser
• Pick up and drop off from central Adelaide, ADL Airport, Glenelg, McLaren Vale, Victor Harbor or pre-arranged location
• Drinking water available on tour at all times
WHAT TO BRING
• Sturdy shoes
• Water bottle
• Hat and sunglasses
• Warm clothing including summer months
• Adult: $299
• Child: $249 (16 and under)
• Tours depart daily at 9:30am
• Minimum 2 passengers for tour to operate
• It is extremely important that you have valid travel insurance prior to departure
• Extreme weather can affect the itinerary at any time during the tour
• We highly advise checking the weather forecast prior to travelling and dressing accordingly
• Please refer to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy for further details
Sea & Vines Weekend 2013
Jeff Wright, Head brewer at Vale Ale Beer Co.
We were looking for a company to transport us between home and a few wineries on the weekend of Sea and Vines so that we could enjoy a few beverages. I contact Off Piste to see if they were free for the day. They happily picked us up from home and returned at the end of the night with 3 wineries in between. Traffic at times around McLaren Vale was frantic on the Sunday, but luckily this was a 4WD tour and Ben was able to take us on a few short cuts down fire tracks and avoided all the slow traffic. It was a great way to see the vineyards and would definitely book him again. Thanks for the day Ben!
Etan Smallman - UK Journalist
The most breathtaking tour of Fleurieu Peninsula, with the most fabulously awesome tour guide!
Tanya, Bec, Sarah, Katie - Melbourne
Thank you so much for taking us out on such short notice before heading back to Melbourne. None of us really knew much about the Fleurieu and wow! Great tour, excellent service and we all can't wait to do it all again.
Fleur & Tom - Sydney
Fabulous trip around a unknown part of SA. 4WD through the southern Vales and out at Deep Creek was truly breathtaking. The surprise stop off with delicious canapes over looking KI was a real treat. Highly enjoyable tour.
What an amazing adventure!
Camille & Francois - Quebec
My partner and I planned to fly directly to Kangaroo Island and by chance picked up an Off Piste 4WD Tour business card from Samuel's Gorge Winery. Curious, we called and booked that day. Both of us are so fortunate we did. Ben gave us a unforgettable day showing us so many wonderful things around the Fleurieu Peninsula which we had no idea about. What a beautiful part of South Australia! Wineries, wild 4WD tracks with kangaroos bouncing through the vineyards alongside the car! Amazing lunch at a restaurant Ben choose for us and got us a table that day. Very informative, and a comfortable trip with huge amount of stories and great humour. I would recommend Off Piste 4WD Tours to anyone with a sense of adventure. Good luck Ben!