On Tour with Mr Willson

Who is Mr Willson?, by Mr Willson

“He is a really nice man” said Mr Willson when interviewed by Mr Willson for an insight into the man.

There you have it, a personal testimonial.

A life term local, I grew up riding ponies around the district, my parents were both Vets so we saw a lot of things as kids. I have been self employed since my mid twenties, owning and operating an Excavation contracting business, a Private Wool-buyer/Merchant and now Tour Operator.

My past vocations have given me a broad knowledge of the people, the diversity and functional operation of the varied industries, a huge exposure into the region,  and  a sense of self and a sense of humour.

I know a little bit about a lot of things, and years of experience to acknowledge how little l actually know.

Come, join me for a great day out, as l chauffeur you on your day out.

Chauffeur, ‘French’ for Driver, Conducteur or Mr Willson.

‘joie de vivre’, ‘French’ for, exhilaration, delight in being alive, carefree enjoyment or translated into Australian vernacular,   “On tour with Mr Willson”

Fossoyeur,  ‘French’ for grave digger or Mr Willson, doesn’t that sound so much better than gravedigger. I know of some really interesting cemeteries.

Local maps for your orientation

What to expect with Clare Valley Tours.

A good day out is the answer.

I subscribe to the KISS theory in life, Keep It Simple Stupid, it works well for me.

A day out on tour generally starts at 10am and concludes 4pm.

Pick up / drop off in Clare or a local accommodation house. No alcohol on the bus.

Family day out

Family holidays and celebrations

Jeanerett Cellar door, Clare Valley

Discover boutique Cellar doors

You are coming to Clare for time out, to relax, to explore, to discover the region, to sample our produce, to enjoy the wines and experience the beauty of the area.  I won’t say you are here to recharge because some of you need a bit of recovery time after a visit to Clare.

If you have an idea of wineries you want to visit let me know and I can plan the track to take. Tell me your absolute preferences, sometime the time runs away and we

Love the Wine

Enjoy country hospitality

can’t visit them all, but we can make sure you get to your special selections. Be flexible in the days itinerary, discovering new places is always good.

We offer  lunch with the tours. An emerging gourmet food scene coupled with new eateries offering local produce gives you a wide choice to indulge on your tour.

Savanah Lamb

Clare Food Producers – August 2014
Please credit Photo: John Kruger

Wine tasting, like art, is such a personal thing, you either like it or you don’t. Spittoons are

Yes please

That is a nice wine.

in every winery and no one will be offended if you spit it out, or tip it out, better if you don’t throw it up though. As you taste, the  Cellar door staff will help you discover wines suited to your palate. If you like a winery we may spend more time there, if not we move on.

Special private tastings celebrating special birthdays

Special private tastings celebrating special birthdays

Purchases can be  be mailed to your door, Great for those with limited space, or have flown into SA. You may wish to buy one or two bottles from each winery. We get an empty carton and you fill it as we travel. The last winery visited will mail it for you at your cost. Great way to remember your tour when sipping on Clare Valley’s finest at home

Loading the Vino

Group effort loading the Vino

Groups of 8 or more need to be booked in for tastings. Tasting fees may apply. Why, well some groups come through on a giant, dare I say, piss-up and make a lot of noise gulp a lot of free wine don’t buy anything. Spoils it for everyone. If I have a group like that I will cut the tour short, my reputation is on the line as well.

Special interest and larger groups are very welcome, we just need to do some forward planning. I often have groups up to 35 and have hosted 60 guests. Great way for your Wine Appreciation Society or Beef Steak and Burgundy Clubs to see the Valley with full commentary as you travel.

 Spring Gully Lookout reserve, Sunset

Spring Gully Lookout. Sunset drinks overlooking the plains

Barossa Bike Hire Nurioopta

Large special interest groups, activities based  welcomed


I like you to leave the tour with a huge smile and a day to remember. Makes me happy.

Two rules of the bus

  1. Come with a positive attitude
  2. Come with a positive attitude

Clare Valley Tours has a no returns / refunds policy for wines left on the bus.