Napa Valley and Australia’s McLaren Vale. Physically, the two regions couldn’t be much farther apart, what with 8,102 miles of cold, deep Pacific Ocean waters separating them. But they’ve come together in an exciting new venture that combines the talents of renowned Napa Valley Cabernet winemaker Chris Carpenter of Lokoya and distinguished McLaren Vale Shiraz winemaker Charlie Seppelt. This dynamic duo will be creating single-vineyard wines from the historic and revered Hickinbotham Vineyard, source of some of Australia’s finest Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
In celebration of this alliance, we’ve created an Over-The-Top adventure that takes you Down-Under to experience the extraordinary beauty, wildlife, and culture of the world’s southernmost continent.
Your first stop is Australia’s crown jewel, the spectacular city of Sydney with its famous harbor views, botanical garden, and iconic Opera House. Upon arriving, you’ll settle into the luxurious comfort of the Four Seasons, which is stunningly situated overlooking Sydney Harbour. That evening, you’ll dine at Quay, ranked among the world’s finest restaurants with a menu that is rivaled only by its sweeping views that span the Opera House to the Harbour Bridge. The next day, get your adrenaline rush climbing up the outer arch of the Harbour Bridge up to its summit for a 360 degree panorama of Sydney, or get your cultural fix in a backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House.
Next stop, McLaren Vale, home to renowned vineyards and wineries, artists and artisans, and nearby beaches of stunning beauty. Your home for the next four days is the enchanting four-bedroom Hickinbotham guest house set among the vines. While here, we’ll take you on a helicopter tour of the region to get your lay of the land. You’ll join charismatic winemaker Charlie Seppelt for a personalized tour and tasting of the Hickenbotham estate and its wines. And afterwards, Charlie will host you for a meal at Fino, McLaren Vale’s most celebrated restaurant. To round out your experience, we’ll arrange tours and tastings at other notable wineries of the region, along with exceptional dining experiences.
And for a breathtaking final stop, you’ll hop over to Kangaroo Island, widely regarded as Australia’s Galapagos. With 21 national and conservation parks covering one third of the island, it is home to abundant native wildlife and spectacular natural beauty. Here you’ll spend two nights at the Southern Ocean Lodge, the island’s world-class wilderness lodge. Your spacious suite is defined by a brilliant balance between nature, comfort and contemporary style. Included in your Kangaroo Island experience are all meals and signature island experiences.
What better way to top off a perfect trip than a perfect bottle (or more) of collectable wine!
• From Napa Valley: (1) 1.5L of the 2002 Lokoya Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, critically acclaimed as a perfect wine and the first Lokoya vintage crafted by winemaker Christopher Carpenter.
• From McLaren Vale: (1) 3L of the 2012 Hickinbotham Cabernet Sauvignon, the inaugural vintage, signed by winemaker Chris Carpenter.
There’s a world of wonder Down Under, so raise your paddle, mate!
To be redeemed on mutually agreeable dates prior to June 2015. Trip dates to be determined by December 1, 2014.