Fabulous Ladies *All Stars* Getaway: McLaren Vale

5 Sep 2024

8 Sep 2024
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Wine & foodie lovers rejoice – it’s back!  Our most popular and ultimate wine escape to McLaren Vale….exclusive tastings with the fabulous women in wine, delicious surprises and fabulous dining.


Invitation-only wine experiences

Meet the women behind the wine…

All inclusive (except for the delicious wine you buy)…


Wine and food lovers rejoice! The ultimate wine escape to McLaren Vale is back….with exclusive tastings, delicious surprises and fabulous dining. Plus some new top wineries for you to experience!  With a focus on the incredible female winemakers of the region, we’ll take you behind closed doors and sip with some of Australia’s top women in wine.

  • Brioni Oliver & Corrina Wright from Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards
  • Alexia Roberts and her new wine label Larnook Wines – even we haven’t been there!
  • Melissa Brown from Gemtree Wines
  • Louise Hemsley-Smith from Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed Wines
  • Bec Hardy from Bec Hardy Wines and more…

All of them will be in town just for you!

Get ready for personal meet-and-greets and guided tastings by these incredible women of wine at their own cellar door, access to rare and hard to find wines from their portfolio, plus a few other tasty surprises.  And between all that wine we’ve got some glorious dining happening too!

Read the detailed itinerary and book in for some serious fun.  There are 12 spaces only so don’t miss out!  Jane Thomson, Founder and wine lover extraordinaire, from Fabulous Ladies Wine Society is leading this tour from Adelaide so get on board!


Virgin & Qantas fly from all capital cities, with regional connections as well from airlines such as Rex and Alliance Airlines.

Tour Price: $2195 per person, on a twin share basis*.  $2695 per person, on a single basis.

Tour Starts: Adelaide

Tour Finishes: Adelaide Airport

Tour Dates: 05 – 08  September 2024


  • Fully escorted from Adelaide by Jane Thomson OAM
  • 1 night’s 4-star boutique accommodation, Adina Treasury Hotel Adelaide, or similar
  • 2 nights’ 4-star accommodation, McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments
  • Breakfast daily
  • All meals inclusive of wine (except breakfast….)
  • The Fabulous Ladies Wine Dinner, VIP access in Adelaide
  • Private, invitation only wine experiences, wining & dining with our fabulous Women-in-Wine ‘All-Stars’ as detailed in the itinerary.
  • All winery fees & extras associated with wine entry
  • Private transport throughout including airport transfer on departure

*Please note the second bed at McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments for twin share accommodation is a small single bed.


Airfares and departure taxes; transfers unless stated in the itinerary; items of a personal nature; phone calls; passport and visas; laundry or tips. Personal transport; excess baggage; security and government taxes; travel insurance. Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary; additional beverages (unless specifically described). Optional excursions or activities that may be offered but are not included in the tour price. Spa treatments and any items not specified. Any changes you choose to make during your holiday.


September 2024

Day 1 – Thursday 5: Welcome to Adelaide and the start of your wine delight…

Make your way from the airport to your home tonight Adina Treasury Apartment Hotel, where you will be met on arrival by your host.

Settle in, relax, maybe wander nearby and then get frocked up for your night of delightful wine and inner Diva at the gorgeous Fabulous Ladies Wine society dinner, where you will enjoy a VIP, fab and very fun start to your Wome in Wine *All Stars* girls’ getaway…

Back to hotel and goodnight!

Overnight accommodation: Adina Treasury Apartment Hotel
Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 – Friday 6: to McLaren Vale we go – and wine adventures galore…

After breakfast this morning, you will join your fellow wine lovers and transfer to McLaren Vale.

First stop is Larnook Wines for a private vineyard tour, tasting and morning tea with Alexia Roberts.  Lexie is an award winning winemaker, best known for her work at Penny’s Hill, now with her own brand which is going from strength to strength.

We then head to the vineyard of Bec Hardy’s private residence for a fabulous visit.  Bec’s family has been tending vineyards in McLaren Vale since the early 1850s when her great-great-great grandfather, Thomas Hardy, arrived from the UK. In 2015, Bec decided to make her own way in the Australian wine word and founded Bec Hardy Wines. In 2020, she acquired the Pertaringa wine brand from Wines by Geoff Hardy, becoming the first woman in the family to own vineyards and produce her own wine!  We enjoy a delicious lunch here accompanied by her delightful wines.

Time to check in to The McLaren Vale Hotel & Apartments, where you have time to relax and enjoy a little lie down (or lld for short) or  explore the beautiful village of McLaren Vale.

This evening, we are away to Oliver’s Taranga, operated by another amazing dynasty, for a casual night of pizzas and wine. Hosted by the divine Brioni & Corinna, sixth generation members of this incredible family, they will share their stories and their wine – total bliss.

Back to the hotel for a great night’s sleep after a gorgeous day and to get ready for tomorrow!!

Overnight accommodation: McLaren Vale Hotel & Apartments
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Wine Tastings as mentioned

Day 3 – Saturday 7: fabulous wines, gorgeous dining and so much more…

Today spend time with more of these incredible women in wine, and the magic they create.

Post breakfast depart for a wine tasting at the fabulous Battle of Bosworth Wines and meet the gorgeous Louise Hemsley-Smith. Enjoy a delicious tasting and the opportunity for some on-on-one time with this very funny and talented lady.

Next stop is Gemtree, a fabulous Biodynamic winery, where you will meet the incredible Melissa Brown, co-owner and viticulturist. You will enjoy an insiders view of the biodynamic winemaking process (as well as a delicious wine tasting) followed by lunch platters and a glass of their gorgeous vino.

Back to your hotel for some more chill time before heading out to The Star of Greece, a top restaurant nearby and one with a view to die for!  Dinner tonight is a 3 course affair including delicious wines selected by Jane.

To bed you go and tomorrow our final morning in this beautiful part of the world…

Overnight accommodation: McLaren Vale Hotel & Apartments
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Wine Tastings as mentioned

Day 4 – Sunday 8: a morning of final fabulous wine and time to go…..

This morning indulge in a light brekky as it is then time to check out, depart and arrive at Dandelion for our last fabulous wine experience with Elena Brooks, fabulous woman, founder, co-owner, winemaker and more – she is a dynamo. A beautiful brunch and tasting (in one of the most spectacular wine settings ever) create a perfect end to a great escape.

We will finish here and then transfer directly to Adelaide Airport, arriving by 1.30pm at the latest. So flights are safe from 2.15 onwards!

Overnight accommodation: Serafino Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, Brunch & Wine Tastings as mentioned


Adina Treasury Adelaide

Adina Treasury Hotel:

Timelessly elegant, the Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury, is conveniently located in the heart of Adelaide’s vibrant CBD. Overlooking Victoria Square, the beautifully restored UNESCO recognised renovation is reflective of Adelaide’s architectural beauty. Opposite the Town hall and GPO, the former treasury building is minutes away from Adelaide’s Central Market and Rundle Mall.

McLaren Vale:

McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments:

McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments reflect the qualities of owner/operators, the Vandeleur family, who have provided an open and friendly welcome to their boutique property since 1981. They have constantly expanded and improved the Motel & Apartments, located at the entrance to McLaren Vale, to ensure guests have a stay that ensures return visits. Groups of guests have been returning annually for over 35 years to create memories with family and friends and this has been due to a strong appreciation of the efforts and warmth of the hosts, along with the modern and state-of-the-art facilities in the rooms and Function Centre.

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