Originally from Victoria, Stephen moved to South Australia some 10 years ago to pursue a girl and begin a new chapter in his life. Starting his own Financial Planning practice but after six years in the chair he grew tired of office life and needed a change in direction and do something he is passionate about, wine and the grape in the world class wine regions of South Australia.
His love of all things wine and grape were taught by his sister, who owned a very successful small winery on the Mornington Peninsula. Many a cold chilly day was spent over many years with family and friends picking and crushing, enjoying sumptuous lunches overlooking the rolling vineyards of Red Hill.
Stephen has traveled the world extensively having service in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) for over 20 years and now travels with his wife Veronica spending a month every couple of years travelling around England and Europe
Stephen has also undertaken some formal wine study, completing the WSET Level 2 (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) and has completed a small scale wine makers course at the Barossa Valley TAFE. The course involved picking and crushing a tonne of local Barossa Valley Shiraz grapes and then make wine over the last a 12 months. And it is not bad.....
So came the creation of Hand Picked Wine Tours, specializing with tours to McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley, but certainly willing and able to take you to other regions, events and places in SA. Whether you are a local, from interstate or overseas, our aim is to provide you with a memorable relaxing day in one of Adelaide's outstanding wine regions, tasting some of the best wine in the world and sampling our stunning fresh produce.
Hand Picked Wine Tours uses a sedan as its primary vehicle so a maximum of 4 guests can be accommodated.
Picked up and dropped off at your CBD or Beach accommodation, let us design a tour for you, allowing us to take you to visit some of the the well known iconic cellar doors or some of the smaller funkier wineries who provide a more intimate tasting experience, or you may choose your own path. Enjoy lunch at a full service cellar door restaurant, cellar door cafe, the local hotel or a gorgeous platter at any number of the cellar doors we can visit. Catering to your needs and interests, no two tours will be the same, they will be Hand Picked just for you.