Located just a stone’s throw from the city of Adelaide, the rolling hills of Mclaren Vale offer internationally renowned food & wine amongst truly gorgeous natural landscapes. The New World Wine Tour Company offers vegan and eco-friendly tours of the region, shining a spotlight on wineries focused on ethical and sustainable practices. Both appetising and alluring, Mclaren Vale is an absolute gem and New World Wine Tour Company is devoted to giving you a unique experience whether you are a local or visiting from afar.
New World Wine Tour Company was founded in 2019 by Ian Hooper to share his love and knowledge of South Australian wine in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.
Ian has over a decade of experience in hospitality in venues across Australia and internationally. After living in Japan he returned to Adelaide with a new appreciation of South Australia’s world-class wine. Whilst working at Mclaren Vale cellars, he continued to develop his palate and his passion for locally produced wine has led him to complete an internationally-accredited certification in Viticulture. Now branching out with New World Wines, Ian is ready to share his expertise with you.
“At it’s core, I designed this tour company to reflect a thirst for knowledge, to spark curiosity, and to promote sustainability. Whether in ethics or flavour, nobody has time for bad wine. I’m excited to help people try exciting newer varieties as well as the classics.”
Why McLaren Vale?
McLaren Vale is just a 45-minute drive from Adelaide and offers photogenic pastoral scenes as well as the wild natural beauty of the Onkaparinga River National Park. This historic area is one of Australia’s oldest and most acclaimed wine regions. Grapevines were first planted in the area from 1838 and the Seaview and Hardy wineries were in operation as early as 1850. There are now 190 wine producers in McLaren Vale and 80 cellar doors.
Shiraz is the most famous wine produced in the region with 54% of plantings dedicated to this type of grape. McLaren Vale produces soft, approachable wines with great fruit intensity and spicy complexity. Many Mediterranean varieties are produced here including Fiano, Sagrantino & Tempranillo. Check out this post about some of the lesser-known grapes you can discover.
One of the most frustrating things to new vegans is the discovery that a lot of alcoholic drinks aren’t vegan. Beer, cider and wine commonly use animal products in the refining process. However, there are many natural and organic wines that are also vegan and avoid the use of unnecessary chemicals.
New World Wine Tours offer a package tailor-made for vegans which showcases the best wine that McLaren Vale has to offer paired with some epic vegan food offerings. You can get a sneak peek of which wineries you may encounter here: Vegan wines from McLaren Vale.
Supporting local businesses is a great way to keep jobs in the community and is more eco-friendly than buying imported products. Transport is a huge contributor to carbon emissions so buying produce from local farmers and businesses lowers that impact significantly. Having a connection to where your food and drink comes from and how it is made also gives you a new appreciation for the people behind the product and the work that goes into it.
The New World Wine Tour will take you to some of South Australia’s best wineries. Seeing first-hand the process from vine to glass will give you an in-depth perspective like no other tour of McLaren Vale. Find out for yourself why this region leads the way for sustainable practice in Australia.
Expand your knowledge
Ian and his team are experts in their field and whether you are a newbie when it comes to wine or consider yourself a bit of an amateur sommelier, there is always something to learn. Master the basics and understand the vocabulary and palette of the wine world.
Grape to Glass offers a full-day exploring the viticulture and production of wine. Discover the role of biodynamics, the impact of soils and climate, as well as gaining insight into the fermentation process. Regular tastings provided throughout the tour demonstrate how these elements influence and add nuance to the wine.
Sustainability is a big focus of Winegrowers in McLaren Vale. The Sustainable Australia Winegrowing (SAW) Program was developed in the early 2000’s to improve viticultural practices, fruit quality and financial viability in the region with a focus on regional sustainability and minimising environmental impacts.
McLaren Vale was the first region in Australia to declare and manage its underground water resource so that it is self-replenishing. In addition, McLaren Vale built the first and largest reclaimed water network in Australia. An impressive 100% of all irrigation used in the region is now from a sustainable resource other than river water.
All of the New World Wine tours are conducted in a hybrid van seating up to 6 people.Ian imported a Vellfire E-Four Hybrid 4WD from Japan as a more eco-friendly option to traditional petrol or diesel-run vans. The vehicle is equipped with a 2.4L Hybrid motor generating 265kw to all 4 wheels. It classifies as a ULEV vehicle (Ultra Low emissions vehicle). Read all about the vehicle here.
Make a booking
New World Wine Tour Co offers tours for up to 6 people with a discount for groups of 4 or more. You can contact Ian to request a fully vegan experience. He will be happy to accommodate any other dietary requests too. Sign up to their mailing list for a $50 off the price of your tour.