I was in Adelaide on business and decided to stay on the weekend to do some sightseeing. Booked this tour based on the high ranking on Trip Advisor, so I had high expectations. There was some mix-up with pickup points and in the end we might have left Adelaide a bit later than planned once everyone was on board. And that surely was a sign for things to come. Throughout the tour I felt like we were catching up on time. John the driver was great, had a wealth of knowledge, very friendly and professional, but seemed to be on a tight time schedule the entire day. We visited the Whispering Wall, which was such a unique piece of architecture and engineering, then proceeded onto Chateau Yaldara. I was a bit disappointed about the structured wine tasting there: the wines were good, but it was really one sip after the next within a very short timeframe, I got the impression they were trying to hurry us through the door as quickly as possible. I did not have the chance to look around in the shop either so did not end up buying wine as originally planned.
The coffee break after was again quite rushed; we made a short stop in a little town called Tanunda and only had 15 minutes so we did not get to do much. Lunch was at beautiful Peter Lehmann Wines and John told us great stories of the man who made the Barossa Valley what it is today. I loved the wines and ordered a glass for lunch, which was a nice meat and cheese platter. There was another mix-up with the orders, so not sure what was going on in the office. Lunch was in a nice environment and everyone was enjoying themselves over wine and cheese, but as soon as he finished his lunch, John stood up and told everyone we should get going. I was really stunned as some people had not even had half of their lunch! Too much rush again and I couldn't quite finish my glass of shiraz, which was a shame - wine is meant to be enjoyed, not skulled.
Afterwards we had a nice stroll through the fields to the next wineyard (Langmeil), it was a beautiful day and great to be out and about. The tour finished at Murray Street Vineyards, which was another great winery.
All in all I had a nice day out, met nice people and drank some nice wine. But the whole trip was done in such a hurry and that really put a big dent to what otherwise would have been a truly enjoyable experience. People I spoke to on the bus also said it was all too much rushed, especially lunch should have been more relaxing. I understand it was another working day for John, but we paid for an experience and sadly this could have been better.
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