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Journey Home Wines introduce donkey walking tours around McLaren Vale vineyards

Agatha and Winsome are the popular tour guides of Journey Home Wines, ready to take you on a unique tour through the McLaren Vale vineyards they call home.

Agatha has been a part of the Journey Home Wines family since she was just nine months old. Sweet and thoughtful, she has become a valued and loved member of the team, always making new friends and happily showing them through the vineyards. As a donkey, however, Agatha is more partial to new friends when they come bearing gifts in the form of carrots.

Along with her good friend and fellow donkey, Winsome, the pair are the main attraction at the McLaren Vale winery, one of the only places in South Australia where you can explore the vineyards by way of donkey.

Viticulturist and (human) host of the cellar door, Jodie Armstrong, began the Walking Donkey Wine Tours at Journey Home Wines as a unique way for guests to learn about the world-famous wine-making region and get up close and personal with the people (and animals) behind it all.

During your tour, you’ll be guided by Agatha and Winsome through the vineyards they so lovingly call home where they’ll join you for a morning tea before stopping for a mandatory wine tasting, followed by a farmhouse lunch paired with a delicious McLaren Vale Grenache all for just $180pp.

Let Jodie share her deep passion for food and wine throughout your journey together as she draws on her twenty years in the industry to enlighten you on the wonderful world of grape growing.

As a fairly new wine label, Jodie has created SummerVines: Donkey Sunset as a way to connect with the masses in a fun, group setting. Held on January 21st, you’ll spend a relaxing evening visiting neighbouring cellar doors and taking in the awe-striking beauty that is McLaren Vale at dusk complete with a 3-course grazing dinner and paired wines. You can book your spot here.

For more information on the individual tours and Journey Home Wines, visit the website or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

Journey Home Wines is located at Banksia Ridge, 33 Beltunga Close, McLaren Flat.

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