The Wine Train is levelling up their steam-powered adventures, hosting group tours with premium wine tasting

Experience the South Coast Wine Train’s revamped tour available for groups, blending historical rail travel with exclusive wine tastings in South Australia’s picturesque vineyards.

South Australia’s wine regions are home to some of the most picturesque landscapes and are producing some to-die-for wines. Whilst many are exploring this by car or minibus, there is another way to explore our gorgeous vineyards, and it’s steam-powered.

The South Coast Wine Train has been a favourite of ours for years, taking passengers on the historic Steamranger Heritage Railway from Adelaide to the wine regions for a unique day out. Now it’s levelling things up, with a group offering, that seems to be the PERFECT team building idea, or perhaps a 40th or even an engagement party.

Guests are swept up on the adventure in Adelaide, where they then travel to the charming township of Strathalbyn, across the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula.

Passengers are treated to a luxurious experience reminiscent of rail travel from the early 20th century. The restored 1920s heritage railway carriages are pulled by either vintage steam or diesel locomotives.

The tour provides a delightful blend of historical travel and contemporary wine culture, where guests can indulge in visits to some renowned cellar doors. These regions boast some of South Australia’s premium wineries and vineyards, many of which have been family-owned since the 1850s.

While in the past, wine lovers could simply buy a ticket on the train for their day out, there’s been a change in the way things are operating over the next 12 months. Now the only way you can get on the coveted train trip, is to book as a group.

With a minimum requirement of 18 guests, the group-exclusive tour will be available on the first and third Sunday of each month from June to November, aligning with the departure schedule of the Highlander Train.

Previously, the Wine Train tour departed from Adelaide or Mount Barker, heading to Strathalbyn and the South Coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Guests would travel past new residential developments and escape into the fields of local produce, rolling hills and rich farming land.

As the train slowly travelled through the Adelaide Hills, guests could relish distant glimpses of the eastern plains and Murraylands extending from the Southern Mount Lofty Ranges towards the Coorong and South Coast.

After the scenic adventure, guests are met by a luxury tour coach for a town tour of Strathalbyn before travelling the short distance to the vineyards of Langhorne Creek. Then, wine tours and lunch are to follow. The day is concluded by a relaxing journey back to Mount Barker.

The restructured group itinerary may vary, but will include the same rich experiences that have made the South Coast Wine Train a sought-after activity. The operators anticipate a return to regular public tours by June 2025, resuming the availability for individuals to book this unique excursion.

For those interested in more information, click here to find out more details.

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