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A collective of boutique cellar doors in Willunga have gathered together to introduce yet another reason to visit this quaint but emerging town south of Adelaide.
The Willunga Wander is a self-guided wine walking trail, with hosted tastings along the way from Aphelion Wine Co., Hither & Yon, and Battle of Bosworth.
Beginning just in time for the warmer months, the experience was devised by the winemakers in response to an increase in regional tourism and demand for unique experiences after the past two years of reduced capacities and restrictions.
Guests are provided a Willunga Wander map upon arriving at Aphelion and are able to mosey their way from one cellar door to the next at their own pace.
Stops along the way into local stores and eateries are encouraged, and a Willunga Wander wine glass is provided at the end of the tour as a take-home.
For $33 per person, experiences start at 11am and guests have until 4pm to complete their trail, with groups from two to six welcome.
In addition to tastings, guests will also receive exclusive discounts on the day to the three cellar doors, as well as local Willunga businesses.
Battle of Bosworth Owner Louise Hemsley-Smith said it’s a unique experience to bring people to Willunga.
“We want our guests to be able to experience and savour the charming community we have here in Willunga, while enjoying the journey together and connecting with one another,” Louise said.
“Willunga is a bit of a hidden secret, especially to those from interstate.”
Hither & Yon Director Malcolm Leask said the trail it allows guests to connect not only to the town, but the environment too.
“Connecting with place is an important value we all have in common,” Malcolm said.
“With a strong focus on the environment and sustainability, it is always nice to take the opportunity to walk instead of drive, unwind and slow down.”
Founder and director of Aphelion Rob Mack said the trail celebrates the amazing offerings of Willunga, and how close they are to each other.
“Within strolling distance, we have world-class Grenache, eclectic shops, country surrounds and fresh air surrounding our slice of McLaren Vale,” Rob said.
“Willunga Wander reveals the treasures that only locals of our beloved town know about.”
Willunga Wander experience is available to book seven days a week. Bookings are essential.