d'Arenberg

Established 1912

Tastings and Experiences

The Blending Bench | The Blending Bench and Degustation with Wine Pairing | Dead Arm Shiraz Vertical Masterclass and Cheese Tasting Plate | Varietal Discovery and Cheese Tasting Plate | Scenic Flight Tutored Tasting

Choose your own adventure at d'Arenberg and blend the traditional cellar door visit with exciting discovery, luxury or culinary decadence with these packages. Explore the magnificent McLaren Vale region in a 4WD, take to the skies and soar above the coast in a Waco plane, blend and bottle your own wine or indulge in the gastronomic delights of d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant.

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The Blending Bench 

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. We did the physical work – picking, crushing, fermenting, foot treading, basket pressing and barrel ageing, and you get to create a wine that is truly unique. You then bottle, name and label a 750ml sample to take home and show off to your friends.

$70 per person - Daily at 10.30, 1.5 hours (approx.)

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The Blending Bench and Degustation with Wine Pairing 

After creating your own bottle of wine in the Blending Bench, indulge your taste buds at an eight course degustation in d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, overlooking the rolling hills of McLaren Vale. This is our very favourite way of eating and our homage, if you like, to the old adage ‘variety is the spice of life’.The resultant combination of flavours and textures created between the food & wine pairings makes for an experience that will linge

$235 per person - 180 minutes (approx.)

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The Dead Arm Shiraz Vertical Masterclass and Cheese Tasting Plate

Since its release in 1993 The Dead Arm Shiraz has received hundreds of accolades from wine critics and judges all over the world.
 
This vertical masterclass offers the opportunity to delve into the history of this outstanding wine, whilst being skilfully guided through each back-vintage sample, matched to a cheese tasting plate.
 
At the conclusion of the masterclass you receive a current vintage bottle of The Dead Arm Shiraz, presented in a gift box and signed by the winemaker, fourth generation family member Chester Osborn.

$200 per person - 60 minutes (approx.)

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Varietal Discovery and Cheese Tasting Plate

This hosted masterclass will take you on an educational wine journey. You will 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, mouthfeel, body and tannins. Hear about our age old winemaking techniques, and graze on a cheese plate as you are expertly guided through six wines from our award winning portfolio.

$65 per person - 60 minutes (approx.)

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Scenic Flight, Wine Blending and Degustation

Experience 1930’s nostalgia and open cockpit flying in a beautiful Waco biplane, soaring over the stunning McLaren Vale wine region and beaches for a breathtaking 30 minute flight.

Upon landing the thrill will continue at d’Arenberg winery for a hands on, interactive wine blending experience. You get to play winemaker, and then bottle a 750ml sample of your favourite blend to name and take home with you.

Then settle back, relax and enjoy a leisurely degustation at d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant. Head Chef Peter Reschke draws inspiration from local and seasonal produce to complement the award winning d'Arenberg wines, and a selection of international treats.

$1080 per couple, available 7 days a week, subject to availability and weather. Price subject to fuel increase.

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Group Tutored Tasting

Book for a tutored tasting and enjoy an in-depth look at winemaking and the age old techniques that are still used at d'Arenberg, such as foot treading and basket pressing. Experienced staff will share the d'Arenberg winemaking philosophies while exploring wines across our extensive range.

As part of our Stables tasting experience you will receive our “Cenosilicaphobic” discount on wine purchased today, which entitles you to 15% discount and free freight on 6 packs.

$20 per person, 60 minutes, group size 13 - 30.

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