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.
Jen Clingly and Jeremy Ford 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)!
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
‘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.’
‘I absolutely loved my ride in the Barossa Valley. Jen and Jeremy were such wonderful hosts and their well behaved string of horses are an absolute credit to them. The accommodation was very clean and cosy, and all the meals were fantastic, and the wine too! Jeremy and Jen cooked delicious food, and the pizza night at Ros and Peter’s was great too. My favourite day was definitely riding along the mountain ranges to lunch at Grant Burge Winery. My dear horse, Jabberwocky, was a dream to ride. I loved every bit of it!’
‘What a wonderful five days we had with Jen, Jeremy and Roz. We were so spoiled to have a whole ride to ourselves, as we were eight riders, all friends. We chose this ride to celebrate our wonderful friend Jude’s 85th birthday. We had the most fantastic time, travelling through the amazing forest, vineyards, steep hilly country and fire trails through the bush areas. Jeremy and Roz were our guides while on horseback and nothing was ever a problem. The horses were wonderful, all endurance trained, so responsive and forward. Everyone was suited well to their horse. I rode the beautiful, grey mare, Moonlight (Moo), a sensitive little lady. Off the horse, Jen looked after us so well. Our horses were all ready for us every morning, lunch brought out to us on the days we didn’t stop near civilisation, and then at the end of every day, Jen was there to greet us and help put the horses to bed.’
‘Riding through the grape vines of the Barossa Valley, up and down the many hills, and enjoying the spectacular views was just amazing. I thought it was the best way to see the Barossa Valley. You see so much more. I love the old eucalyptus trees, and even better the view between Ruby’s ears when she pricks them and looks around at the sights. Jen and Jeremy are great guides and hosts this why I wanted to do the Grape Horse Adventure. I was going to do Jen and Jeremy’s Tassie Tiger Trail again but decided to give this ride a try instead, and sure enough it was everything that I imagined. I’ve said goodbye to Ruby twice before, not sure if I would see her again, and I am so blessed that I did. She’s a trooper.’
‘We loved this ride – the absolutely superb horses, the great company of guests, the outstanding gourmet food and wine and the constant care and support from Jeremy and Jen. The countryside we rode through was incredible and those amazing horses showed they can take us anywhere. We will definitely ride with them again! …and did we mention the stunning wines!’
‘This ride was so much more than I’d hoped it would be. I came on my own, but felt completely part of the group – all friendly, inspiring and interesting women. Jen and Jeremy took care of us like we were family, and have created a diverse and awesome itinerary not just of great riding, but of local food and wine experiences and meeting local people. And Jabberwocky was my beautiful, willing, four-legged partner every day!’
‘Don’t miss the Grape Horse Adventure! The most beautifully trained horses well matched to your riding skills, and a chance to learn more about these beautiful endurance horses. The food and wine experience was exceptional and you’ll have the two most hospitable hosts. You will feel very much at home in this wonderful country setting. Thank you, Jen and Jeremy, for a memorable week!’