“Discover Coonawarra”

by Yalumba and Mayura Station


 

$1,699 pp 4 days, 3 nights accommodation (5 star), all meals, two wine tours, all connections and restaurant shuttles, daily housekeeping.

Coonawarra’s best accommodation and cellar doors, Yalumba’s finest wine and South Australia’s greatest steak restaurant combined in one package! Yalumba Family Vignerons and Mayura Station join Coonawarra Discovery to offer a ‘best of the best’ Limestone Coast experience.

Discover prized Wagyu beef steaks otherwise unavailable for purchase in Australia due to overseas demand. Enjoy stunning panoramic views across the rugged and beautiful Canunda National Park. Experience Yalumba's finest wine - The Caley Coonawarra & Barossa Cabernet Shiraz, while staying at The Yalumba Menzies Retreat, a luxury boutique apartment in the heart of Coonawarra, including the deluxe breakfast upgrade. Enjoy 2 memorable chauffeur-driven tours of the Coonawarra cellar door icons. Experience the fine dining offerings of Pipers of Penola and The Barn Steakhouse, Upstairs at Hollick and Fodder of Coonawarra. Nothing is left to chance on this hand-crafted, personally guided package.

 

Mayura Station’s The Tasting Room

Your 4 course dining experience at Mayura Station's famous specialist wagyu beef restaurant, The Tasting Room, will impress. While you are seated at the Chef’s table Mayura's in-house chef Mark Wright will prepare your dishes in a unique interactive format providing a first class experience including the history of Wagyu, the benefits of dry-hanging as well as how to prepare, cook and savour Mayura's full-blood Wagyu Beef.

Mayura Station is an award-winning beef producer with one of Australia's largest full-blood Wagyu herds. Wagyu is said to be the world's best beef, and Mayura Station has been named as one of the world's best producers. The Tasting Room is set on a farm overlooking paddocks of grazing cattle with distant views of Canunda National Park and the sand dunes of the Limestone Coast and is South Australia’s best steak restaurant.

Due to high export demands for Mayura's product, many of the cuts of Mayura's Wagyu Beef served during your dining experience are not available for purchase in Australia providing an added incentive to visit and sample these prized steaks. The Tasting Room is fully licenced and wines are chosen from The Limestone Coast Region, including the acclaimed Coonawarra, to match the menu being served.

This package includes an exclusive offer from Mayura Station - every guest receives a Mayura Station steak knife engraved with the guest’s name that can be taken away or left on display in the wall-mounted knife displays that immortalize the restaurant’s high-flying guests. In addition, every guest will take away 100gms of otherwise unobtainable pure blood wagyu steak (vacuum sealed).

RRP $220 per head

 

 

 

Includes:

  • Exclusive 4 course degustation dinner at Mayura Station (RRP $220) with matched Yalumba wines including The Caley (RRP $360 750ml), engraved Mayura steak knife and 100gm vacuum sealed full-blood wagyu to take home (exclusive Coonawarra Discovery offer);

  • 3 nights accommodation at Menzies retreat with the deluxe breakfast upgrade all days and including daily housekeeping (RRP $1500);

  • 2 x Coonawarra cellar door tour including lunch and cheese and charcuteries platters (RRP $174 + $149 pp);

  • Dinner at Pipers (RRP $80 + own wine selections pp);

  • Dinner at The Barn (RRP $80 + own wine selections pp);

  • Airport and all connections in private accredited chauffeured vehicle (RRP $295).

     Total value $1,900, package savings per person $200

 

 

 
 
 

Yalumba Menzies Retreat

This stunning contemporary accommodation is named in homage to Yalumba’s top-shelf Cabernet Sauvignon “The Menzies”, a bottle of which is included in the accomodation package. The moment you enter the dramatic open-plan living area, you know these digs are a fitting tribute to a great wine - even the decor is accented in rich red shades.

Sleek timber floors, rammed-earth walls and a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams also set the tone, along with picture-window views of honoured vines and eucalyptus. As well as two suave bedrooms, there's the latest in designer kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Panoramic views of the surrounding native re-vegetation area and Yalumba Menzies vineyard, this B&B is ideally situated only minutes away from other award winning wineries, restaurants and other tourism attractions of the Limestone Coast region.

This package includes the Deluxe Upgrade which adds for each person for each night of the stay: 2 eggs, 1 piece smokey local bacon, 1 croissant, 2 tomatoes, 2 mushrooms, crusty sourdough loaf, 500ml fruit juice, 500ml milk, Bircher muesli, jams, spreads, butter, margarine, quality tea and coffee, and fruit plus one 750ml bottle of “The Menzies” Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon.

RRP $660


 

Yalumba “The Caley”

IN HONOUR OF FRED CALEY SMITH 1864 -1913 HORTICULTURIST CORRESPONDENT ADVENTURER

Fred Caley Smith, grandson of Yalumba founder Samuel Smith, was a horticulturist who had a profound impact on the development of Yalumba’s vineyards. In the early 1890’s he spent 18 months trekking across the USA, Britain, Europe, the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka, observing and reporting on scientific and horticultural developments. His detailed letters, sent home every few days, underpinned the way our vineyards were managed, and laid the foundations of sustainable viticulture at Yalumba today.

The Caley is the pinnacle of a long winemaking journey of excellence, that rightfully honours one of Yalumba’s most adventurous sons. A blend of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and Barossa Shiraz, The Caley is a classic marriage of two noble varieties and two great Australian wine regions.

RRP $360 (750ml)

THE CALEY 2013
97 Points
“A beautiful wine in all respects, its heart soft and generous, its head stern and serious, the combination as complete as it is complex”
Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion 2019

 
 

 
 

Full Day Wine Tour 1

Full Day Wine Tour 1

 

At 10 minutes to 10am we arrive at your accommodation. You climb into the nice new Hyundai iMax and its off to our first winery – the impressive Parker Estate. Enjoy the architecture and the spaces, the cheese and nibbles and most importantly, the wine. See an 18 litre melchior and admire the current art collection – it is always changing.

At 10.45am your guide returns to deliver you to the Yalumba Menzies Wine Room for a private tasting and chat with James Freckleton, Yalumba’s Coonawarra Viticulturist. Here you will see the top-rate presentations on many aspects of Coonawarra while trying some of Yalumba’s finest wines with Coonawarra heritage.

After you are satiated at Yalumba Menzies, your guide takes you to Highbank, a boutique winery on only 4 hectares of vines but with some beautiful views and superb hand-built buildings that are available for bookings should you require.

After a comfortable chat with Denis Vice of Highbank, you are delivered at 12.15pm to Wynns, the pillar of Coonawarra winemaking and really a “must-see”. You can check out the wonderfully gnarled old vines – the oldest in the region, the fascinating museum displays or just head straight to the wine tasting on offer.  You may also enjoy an optional cheese platter.

After the morning’s activities you may be feeling a bit peckish and so you are now presented with your lunch options – great pizzas at Fodder, a 2 course set menu at Chardonnay Lodge, a 3 course set menu feast at Upstairs at Hollicks or a generous cheese and meat platter in Eric Brand’s Private cellar. On this occasion you Hollicks.

All of your lunch venue options also provide wine tastings in you wish to combine your visit.

After lunch you are driven up to the north of Coonawarra to view the magnificent Rymills winery and try their range of award-winning wines.

Now it is time for one of Penola’s younger heros – Majella, and if you have kept to the schedule (no problems if not) we land at our final destination – the tranquil Balnaves besides the lake.

It is now 5.00pm and you are totally ready to return to your apartment (also arranged by us for you) – which we immediately do. All you have left to do today is write us a five-star review and get ready for dinner.

RRP $179 per person

 

 

Full Day Wine Tour 1

At 10am we arrive for your second tour. Our first winery today will be Angus and Brian at Whistlepost Wines. Enjoy the authenticity, the cheese and nibbles and their unique wines.At 10.45am your delivers you to Patricks where you may get to try the Grandfather Port made by Patrick T himself.

After this it on to Leconfield we go, another award winning winery. After an interesting discussion with Paul Gordon, leconfield's winemaker, we dive on great sparkling wines and platters at Di Giorgio's Family Wines. The its time for lunch and again you are presented with your lunch options – today we choose a generous cheese and meat platter in Eric Brand’s Private cellar.

After lunch you are driven a bit North to visit the pioneering Redmans, and then it’s time to try a chocolate and wine pairing at Penley Estate, one of our favourites.

Now it is time for one of Penola’s smaller producer's – Blok Estate, and if you have kept to the schedule (no problems if not) we arrive at a new but progressive brand in Raidis Estate.

It is now 5.00pm and you are keen to return to your apartment to freshen up for a great dinner!


 

Pipers of Penola

Our philosophy is simple

TO OFFER YOU A QUALITY

DINING EXPERIENCE

‘Pipers of Penola’ situated on the doorstep of Coonawarra is an up market and contemporary restaurant and conference venue. Pipers offers an à la carte restaurant menu with an emphasis on regional produce. Chef Simon and Erika Bowen invite you to enjoy yourself at 'Pipers of Penola'.

 

 

The Barn Steakhouse

The Cleves family welcomes you to the Barn Steakhouse where we have been serving the finest aged steaks since 1988. We are passionate about the fine Hereford cattle that we breed and finish on our properties in the region. This passion and pride can also be found in the Steakhouse.


Great steak deserves great wine, and the award winning cellar features over 750 selections, the vast majority from the local wineries of the Limestone Coast, many having been cellared in our off site cellars so that they are aged to perfection. The cellar also features aged classics from leading Australian wine regions and a fine collection of International wines.

 

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day one (Thursday, Friday or Saturday) – arrival before 4.30pm (can include collection from either Coonawarra Airstrip or Mt Gambier airport) – You go straight to Yalumba Menzies Retreat, which will be provisioned for deluxe breakfasts for all guests, and check in with your private SMS code.
At 5.00pm we collect your group and drive you to Mayura Station Tasting Room for a 6.00pm start to your fabulous 4 course wagyu beef dinner at Mayura Station in nearby Millicent including an exclusive matched selection of Yalumba wines. We bring you back to Yalumba Menzies when requested.

Day two – Enjoy a generous farm breakfast and wander amongst the vines outside your door. We collect you at 10.00am and begin your full day wine tour (7-8 cellar doors) with lunch provided at Hollicks or Fodder/Otelia and various platters throughout the day. Menzies Retreat daily housekeeping in morning.
Dinner at Pipers of Penola at 6.30pm where you select your own wines. We bring you back to Yalumba Menzies when requested.

Day three – Enjoy another big breakfast and prepare for your second full day Wine tour (7-8 cellar doors) with lunch provided in Eric Brand’s old cellar at Brand’s Laira, various platters throughout the day and finishing with matched chocolates and wines at Penley Estate. Menzies Retreat daily housekeeping in morning.
Tonight we drive you to dinner at the Barn Steakhouse, Mount Gambier, 6.30-7.00pm where you select your own wines. We bring you back to Yalumba Menzies when requested.

Day four  – Late checkout 11.00pm if required - enjoy the Naracoorte Caves or explore Mt Gambier. Just as easy is a trip to the coast at Robe. The day is yours.
 

Available every Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Minimum guests 2 maximum guests 4 (larger groups by arrangement)