The Grape Horse Adventure, Barossa ValleyGo Back
The Barossa Valley, with its temperate South Aussie climate, lends itself to one of the world’s great wine regions – an absolute MUST if you have even the slightest interest in a good drop. It’s also the sort of place where astride a horse, you see and feel it for ‘real’ – the development of the region depended on hardworking horses who cultivated the land, worked the vineyards, moved stock and transported children to school, so it seems only fitting to discover this region on horseback.
So it’s with great excitement that Globetrotting guide duo, Jen and Jeremy (you may know them from the sell-out Tassie Tiger Trail), are offering an opportunity for guests to explore this famous region astride one of their naturally educated Arabian horses.
On this five day, four night riding itinerary, guests will immerse themselves in the Barossa landscape, explore the charming countryside, interact with the locals who have farmed the area for generations, not to mention devour the gourmet food and wine the region is best known for.
Jen and Jeremy have found the best-kept secrets and best riding trails possible, with the valley offering a breathtaking patchwork of vineyards, farmland and forest to ride through. Days in the saddle will be spent crossing the Barossa Valley Ranges and dropping down into local wineries for lunch, or skipping around the forestry trails, stock routes and quiet country roads, popping out at magnificent stone huts and historic homesteads for a ‘breather’. A highlight includes a world class dining experience at St Hugo’s ‘The Restaurant’, with a four-course degustation menu matched with the perfect drop of wine – it will blow your mind!
Guests will also have the opportunity to sample the world of natural horsemanship and challenge themselves and their horse with groundwork, obstacles and tricks. It’s ‘pinch me now’ stuff, globetrotters, and this tour is without a doubt an unrivalled wine and culinary adventure from the back of a horse.
time in the saddle: two to six hours a day
breed of horses: Arabian and Arabian cross
pace: variable, depending on the terrain, with opportunities to trot and canter
riding ability: all riding abilities are catered for from beginner* to advanced riders.
*For this particular ride, as a beginner rider you’re able to mount and dismount a horse (unassisted) and stop your horse. You’re capable of riding your horse at a walk, posting to the trot and cantering (but may need to build your confidence and are willing to learn). You’ll need to be riding fit as on a daily basis you’ll spend two to six hours in the saddle. With that said, there is the option to shorten your time in the saddle, but at a minimum, you’ll need to ride for three hours per day with extended periods of trotting.
weight limit: 90kgs
group size: maximum eight guests per departure
accommodation: modern, beautifully appointed farm homestead with six private bedrooms and two shared bathrooms
seasons: March through to June
duration: five days, four nights
2019 departure dates:
March 28 to April 1 – SOLD OUT!
April 10 to 14 – TWO globetrotters booked
April 26 to 30 **this tour runs over the famous ‘Vintage Festival’ so the itinerary will be adapted to include the festival program – ONLY ONE SADDLE SEAT LEFT!
May 15 to 19 – SOLD OUT!
*Special group charter tours available on request in June.
2019 departure rates:
$3,995 AUD per person, inclusive of meals, alcohol (showcasing the very BEST wines the Barossa has to offer) accommodation and riding
*This price includes transfers to and from Adelaide airport
*Price includes beer and wine.
We require a 50% deposit and final payment ten weeks before the departure date. Payment can be made via direct debit (Australian residents only) or credit card which includes a 2% surcharge. Contact us here if you would prefer a payment plan.
A pick up and drop off service from Adelaide airport is included in the price, with pick up at approximately 11am on day one. To account for any unexpected travel delays, we do ask that you ensure your flight arrives no later than 10.30am. If you arrive on an earlier flight please grab a drink and wait until the scheduled pick up time. For those who arrive the day before, most hotels are a short taxi ride away or offer an airport shuttle service.
The drive to the Barossa Valley is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
You will be dropped back at Adelaide airport around 4.30pm on day five for onward travel. Departing flights can be booked from 6pm onwards.
FURTHER READING AND VIEWING
Ruby Running Bare is a home-bred guest horse in this string of beautiful Arabians. You can read her story here. And Opal is another superstar horse, as famous for her beautiful colouring as for her angelic personality.
Check out globetrotter Clare Dingle’s feedback on The Grape Horse Adventure here.