NOMADS TOUR (NT01)
Spend some time with the ghosts of pioneers past on a fascinating tour designed for the more curious and inquisitive.
We’ll share captivating stories of Clare’s early settlers, take you on memorable tours of sacred Sevenhill Cellars and majestic Martindale Hall, and sample some the Valley’s finest wines.
You’ll even have time for afternoon tea at the spectacular Skillogalee restaurant.
“For the curious and inquisitive”.
We recommend coupling the Nomads Tour with the Burra n Bungaree Discovery.
Leave your local pick up point at 9am. Return approximately 5pm.
A thought-provoking tour for those interested in the early history of the Clare Valley.
You’ll hear detailed, fully-narrated stories of the Valley and its early pioneers, visiting the grave of Clare’s first settler John Horrocks, and the landmark tree under which he first camped.
You’ll enjoy an intimate, guided tour of Sevenhill Cellars – a sacred site of seductive wine and spiritual character that was built by the society of Jesuits in 1851. Hear their stories, inspect their 160-year-old vines and, of course, taste their world-famous wines.
From here, we’ll travel on back roads and private property, through vineyards and farmland with stunning views of Polish Hill River and beyond. There’s no shortage of photo opportunities.
We’ll sample wines from some of the Valley’s younger stars like Hill River Estate, Pikes, Paulett or Reillys – we share the love at Clare Valley Tours – and we’ll choose a winery to stop for lunch as well.
As we travel between cellar doors you’ll doubtless have plenty of questions: What crop is that? What vines are those? When will the vines bud? We’re confident we’ll have all the answers!
The historic township of Mintaro is not to be missed. Established around 1850 as an overnight stop for Ox drays carting the rich ore of the Burra Mines to Port Wakefield, the heritage listed town is known for its world class slate. It’s also home to the first Jesuit church built in Australia.
And then there’s the jewel of South Australia’s Mid-North, Martindale Hall. Take a trip back in time with a guided tour of this Georgian-style mansion built in 1879 by country squire Edward Bowman, who surrounded the home with a polo ground, a cricket pitch, a racecourse and a boating lake. He eventually sold the property in 1891 to William Mortlock, who bought it as a wedding gift for his wife. Martindale Hall was, of course, the setting for iconic Australian film, Picnic at Hanging Rock. We assure you, the ghosts here are all friendly.
We then travel the backroads from Mintaro to the picturesque Skillogalee Valley, passing sprawling Hughes Park on our way to the Skillogalee Restaurant for afternoon tea.
A perfect way to finish a great day out.
All entry fees and tasting fees
Lunch with a standard glass of wine, or tea or coffee.
Afternoon tea at Skillogalee
Booking fees, if any
Valued at $95.00
What’s not included
Glasses of premium wine
Extra food and drink purchases