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 Valley 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.
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.
Your hosts 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!
- Horse Breed:Arabian and Arabian cross.
- Pace:Variable, depending on the terrain, with opportunities to trot and canter.
- Weight Limit:Maximum of 90kg/198lbs.
- Type of tack:State of the art lightweight endurance saddles.
- Group size:A minimum of 5 and a maximum of 6 riders
- Time in Saddle:2 to 6 hours a day.
- 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. Not sure what your riding experience is? Watch THIS video to find out.
- Accommodation:Guests stay in the modern, beautifully appointed Strachur farm homestead. There are six private bedrooms with two shared bathrooms.
- Ride Length:5 days, 4 nights.
The price includes meals, beer and wine (showcasing the very BEST wines the Barossa has to offer), single accommodation, riding, and transfers to and from Adelaide Airport.
The price does not include flights or travel insurance (compulsory).
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*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.
Welcome to sunny South Australia! All globetrotters will be collected from Adelaide airport at around 11am and transferred to your accommodation at the Strachur farm homestead, a fully appointed modern farmhouse with private rooms and shared bathrooms. After lunch you will be given a tour of the property you will call home for the next four nights, before meeting your wonderful steed. The team of horses will show you their clever skills and tricks on the obstacle course before you take a twilight ride around the property and local vineyard. For dinner, you will be treated to a home cooked meal showcasing the region’s best gourmet fare and wines.
After breakfast, you’ll mount up and ride along quiet country roads, vineyards and the Mount Crawford Forestry trails for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Barossa, Adelaide city and the coast. This is a magical day where you will be able to get your bearings in this beautiful part of the world.
Wake up to another day in globetrotting paradise! You’ll enjoy another stomach-filling breakfast at the homestead so that you’re ready to tackle a big day in the saddle. Today you’ll wind your way along country roads into the forestry trails bordering the Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park. You’ll traverse parts of the famous Heysen, Mawson and Kidman Trails. We’re talking stunning, panoramic views, fascinating rock formations and a range of native plants and animals. Keep your eyes peeled! Native forests, farmlands with giant eucalypt stands and old stock routes provide a breathtaking landscape to explore before horse and riders will pop out at Krondorf Winery for a well deserved and delicious lunch stop. You’ll then make your way back to the homestead before dinner which will be enjoyed out and about a charming local restaurant in the Barossa Valley region – wine, nibbles and a stomach-filling meal, what more could you need?
A hearty cooked breakfast will be enjoyed at the local Farmers Markets. You will enjoy a picturesque ride through vineyards and farmlands and never ending forestry trails before stopping for lunch at the Old School House.
The afternoon will see you experience an introduction to wine tasting in the magnificent setting of Langmeil Winery, Tanunda. You’ll take part in their ‘freedom experience’ which includes a tour of the winery and a tasting, followed by a four-course degustation dinner where you’ll take in the views over the vineyard while eating fine food and sipping on perfectly matched wines. This experience will blow your mind (and your belly)!
NB: The Langmeil degustation dinner may take place on a different night during your itinerary, depending on the winery’s availability and other events they are hosting. Rest assured, you will experience this incredible gastronomic adventure at some stage throughout your ride departure.
Sadly this is your final day exploring this infamous region of Australia. After breakfast you’ll enjoy a leisurely morning ride, savoring the scenery of Pewsey Vale. There may be an opportunity to move some sheep or pick some grapes form horseback, but it’s time to enjoy a farewell ride on your special horse and hit the road for a last blast of the Barossa icons.
A stop at Maggie Beer Pheasant Farm shop and cafe for lunch offers a true paddock-to-plate experience. You can also opt to sit in on a cooking class or savour the multiple taste testing experiences from this extraordinary chef. There will be time to explore the quaint township of Tanunda and if you still haven’t had your fix of wine tasting opportunities, just say the word – there are over 75 wineries to choose to call into on your way back to Adelaide.
With smiling faces and bellies full you will be dropped back at Adelaide airport around 4:30pm for onward travel.
A pick up and drop off service from Adelaide airport is included in the price, with pick up at approximately 11am on day one. A driver will be waiting at the Hertz desk on the ground floor. 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.
*Please note, to account for any unexpected travel delays we recommend arriving no later than 10:30am.
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 anytime after 6pm.
*Transfers from your accommodation to the horses where they’re kept at Carryon Park are included each day.
What our valued Globetrotters say about The Grape Horse Adventure
‘If you’re planning on visiting South Australia, the Grape Horse Adventure in the Barossa Valley is a must. It incorporates beautiful scenery, amazing and well behaved horses, and exceptional wine and food. Marcus had a huge amount of local knowledge and was a calm and respectful guide. I loved that even though I’m based in SA I had the opportunity to learn so much history about who planted the first vines in the Barossa Valley, and I had the privilege to taste wine from vines planted over 150 years ago. Each day was different and exciting. I rode Ivy and she was perfectly suited to me – loads of fun, with lovely ground manners, and responsive to seat and legs. The ride is equipped for beginners all the way up to advanced riders – everyone was catered for and had a horse matched to their ability.’
‘Chin chin and bottoms up. Do you love riding, wine and consuming gastronomic feasts? Then the Grape Horse Adventure is for you. Seriously, there is EVERYTHING to love about five days spent riding through the vineyards and stunning countryside of the Barossa. Marcus and Ellie are the perfect hosts for this adventure. Their wealth of horsemanship knowledge, endearing sense of humour and beautifully trained horses will guarantee you won’t want this ride to end! Riding through the extensive Burge family properties and those of their neighbours was a privilege not many people get to experience and one that I will remember for years to come. Do yourself a favour and line up a seat on this very special ride.’
‘What a great adventure to complete The Grape Horse Adventure. A personal accomplishment for me, it ticked all the boxes: experiencing the pleasure of riding a super educated, surefooted horse (Ruby), enjoying great weather, food and wine, and meeting new friends. I especially enjoyed the ride to Freeman’s Hut, where Marcus cooked a BBQ and served mulled wine. I enjoyed the quiet, picturesque surroundings with the horses tied nearby. Marcus and Elly were super hosts and it was a pleasure to be welcomed into their family. I’d definitely recommend this ride!’
‘I would definitely recommend this ride. The guides had a good knowledge of the riding routes, their horses and the food and wine. I rode Ivy. She was a forward going horse, which I appreciated. All the days were good and we were very lucky with the weather. I was very happy with the accommodation and food, and the value for money was excellent.’
‘I had a fabulous time. This was my fourth ride with Jen and Jeremy and my second with the new owners, Marcus and Ellie. They were all outstanding hosts – nothing was too much trouble. The banquet at Langmeil Winery was the standout food experience, but all the food was great. Our accommodation was very comfortable and fitted out with everything we needed. Every day was different, but I especially enjoyed the second day’s ride to a winery with a wine tasting and cheese platter, and great scenery the whole way. I will definitely miss Jen and Jeremy, but I’m sure Marcus and Ellie will fill their shoes and continue to run well organised and fun rides.’
‘What a way to kick a holiday off – riding through row upon row of vines as the sun sets, then sipping on bubbles once you slide off the horse. It certainly set an impressive and enjoyable tone for the four days ahead. We woke up each day to a cooked breakfast before being taken to different locations to ride out, stopping at wineries for lunch, wine tastings and tours, then jumping back on the horses for another few hours of riding. At night, there were delicious dinners cooked at the homestead, there was an amazing night out with a degustation dinner, and always, there was wine and a fire. The rides were over hill, over dale, and through all sorts of different forests. Every day had something different to offer. And, wow, do those endurance horses know how to cover ground! We were very lucky to have been able to slip in such a great holiday in 2021, and are looking forward to lots more chances to go globetrotting when the world opens up again.’
‘My first Barossa ride with Jen, Jeremy and their amazing horses was a pretty awesome adventure. Every day was different and amazing – never a dull moment. Jen and Jeremy were, as always, amazing in their hospitality and knowledge of the area, and their level of service is really the benchmark to beat. I cannot speak more highly of these two wonderful people who are devoted to their horses and their guests, and go out of their way to make sure your trip is filled with amazing memories. Great guides, great horses, good company – you can’t ask for more than that. I can highly recommend this trip.’
‘An amazing holiday in the Barossa Valley! A big thanks to Jen and Jeremy. They were the consummate hosts – kind, friendly and knowledgeable, and nothing was too much trouble. You couldn’t ask for better guides. The riding was amazing and the horses were beautiful, well looked after and very well suited to each rider. I rode the gorgeous Opal and I loved her. Being a beginner rider, she suited me to a T. She was surefooted and careful, and she helped me learn to feel comfortable at a fast canter, something I hadn’t done before. She really helped me improve my riding. The food was abundant and generous. The wine flowed! I felt especially looked after given my many food intolerances. The location was stunningly scenic, and the locals friendly and knowledgeable. It was a trip of a lifetime! Food for the soul, wine for the senses!’
‘Being from South Australia, I had initially written this holiday off; I had visited the Barossa Valley before and wanted a more exotic and exciting location! But I couldn’t have been more ignorant. The scenery was so beautiful that I actually looked at real estate listings when I returned home! On many occasions it felt like we were riding through a Hans Heysen painting or a photoshopped image. Jen and Jeremy went above and beyond to ensure that I felt safe at all times when riding, as although I’m not a beginner rider, I’m inexperienced at trail riding and was quite nervous on my first day. I rode Moonlight, who was beautifully educated and took care of me every step of the way. And as for the food and wine… the description on the website does not exaggerate! You will eat and drink like a king! I would highly recommend this ride and would do it again given the opportunity.’