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Gone AWOL - Wine Coast Experiences

Local with a passion for the ocean, outdoors and wine.
McLaren Vale, Australia
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About Gone AWOL - Wine Coast Experiences
I am the founder of Gone AWOL and I have lived in Moana since 1976. I have travelled to or lived in over 70 countries and love meeting fellow travellers. I am fortunate to have been brought up in wine country and count the best wine makers and brewers in McLaren Vale as my friends. I have a passion for wine and the outdoors and I aim to share this passion with my guests. If you love my tour half as much as I do, you're going to have an awesome day!
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Why book with Gone AWOL - Wine Coast Experiences
  • I am also a physical education teacher
  • I have surfed all my life, I have been a Physical Education teacher for 23 years and was brought up in the McLaren Vale area. I have a passion for wine and the outdoors.
  • English
  • Professional tour guide
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Best of McLaren Vale

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7 hours 30 minutes
from USD 141.19

Coast to Vines

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7 hours 30 minutes
from USD 141.19
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Lisa M wrote a review Today
Newcastle, Australia52 contributions24 helpful votes
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Review of: Luke's Wine Tour
Wow what a fabulous day! I have done many wine tours around Australia and this one with Luke was my favourite! He is such a knowledgeable, friendly and fun guy who ensured my friends and I had the best day ever! Every place we went to was unique which kept our day very entertaining and we were able to experience the best of commercial wineries as well as small boutique style wineries. We tried lots of yummy wine and had the privilege of two wine makers actually doing the tasting for us. I’d definitely book a tour with Luke again next time I visit Adelaide! 10/10.
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Traveler271471 wrote a review May 2021
Glen Osmond, Australia7 contributions
Luke created a custom craft beer and gin tour in McLaren Vale for us. We went to Swell (great beer and nice location), Ogre (Great beer and burgers), Settlers (the Shiraz Gin was the best thing I have ever tasted), South Coast Brewing Co (Great Porter) then Shifty Lizard (All a bit hazy by now but seem to remember having a great paddle of beers! Luke picked us up from Glen Osmond, drove us around, joined in with the group, which was great and gave us great insight into beers, gins and wines in the region. Will be coming back for bikes and SUPS in the Spring.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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MJA1304 wrote a review May 2021
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution3 helpful votes
Review of: Luke's Wine Tour
Days don’t get better in McLaren Vale than a day on tour with Luke. Luke is so knowledgeable about wine and the McLaren Vale, but I think more importantly passionate about his home region. He is not a ‘tour guide’ he is a local. Luke was on a first name basis with every winery and we felt like we had the VIP treatment meeting local wine makers and going behind the scenes. Luke introduced us to the actual wine makers who put their heart and soul into the business and not just sales staff. We drove around wineries in the region for the next two days and every winery knew him and said we must have had the best day. We did. Look no further if your are in the McLaren Vale. This is the tour for wine lovers and lovers of a local touch. We will be booking this tour again and again.
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Response from Culture59312309345, Owner at Gone AWOL - Wine Coast Experiences
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for this awesome review. I loved that you both were into it as much as I am. Couldn't have asked for better guests. Your reaction is what makes it so worthwhile. See you next time.
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sbirk wrote a review Apr 2021
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
Review of: Luke's Wine Tour
We had the most amazing day with Luke. So friendly and personable. His knowledge of the area is next to none- goes out of his way to take you to smaller more intimate wineries. Would highly recommend to anyone!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from Culture59312309345, Owner at Gone AWOL - Wine Coast Experiences
Responded 22 Apr 2021
Thanks for your great review and for an awesome day!
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Bill S wrote a review Apr 2021
7 contributions2 helpful votes
Luke choose some very interesting wineries that made the day very enjoyable. He had a lot of knowledge about the area that he passed on to us. Because of Covid, we had to cancel and rebook a number of times and Luke was very accommodating with this.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from Culture59312309345, Owner at Gone AWOL - Wine Coast Experiences
Responded 22 Apr 2021
We finally got there! Love that you enjoyed the day so much. Enjoy those wine!
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