Plenty of pears.
Thursday 18th or Friday 19th May 2023
McLaren Vale pick-up Thursday 18th May only
Everyone knows what cider is – the delicious drink made from fermented apple juice. But how many people have heard of Perry? Perry is the pear equivalent of cider! No, it’s not pear cider, it’s Perry – the result of juicing pears and fermenting the juice into a light, refreshing and scrumptious cold drink.
Today we are visiting a very special Perry maker: Paracombe Premium Perry. Damian McArdle is a fourth generation pear grower, but a first generation Perry maker! In 1932 Damian’s great-grandfather, Errol Chamberlain left his everyday job after being told his health was inadequate to continue. Errol’s life then went pear-shaped…in a good way! Chamberlain Orchards was established at Paracombe and those first pear trees are still producing fruit today. Paracombe Premium Perry was established on the Orchards’ 80th anniversary. Our visit here will allow us to experience a Perry tasting and there might even be some fresh, new season pears available! From Paracombe we take a beautifully scenic drive through the hills, stopping for our lunch before continuing our scenic explorations on our journey back to the Fleurieu Peninsula.
We expect to start set-downs in Goolwa at approximately 4.30pm, finishing in Encounter Bay around 5:20pm.
Pick-up locations and times for May:
- 7.55am – McLaren Vale Lodge, McLaren Vale (Thursday 18 May only)
- 8.35am– Bus stop 4, Rosetta Village, Maude Street Encounter Bay
- 8:40am – Bus stop 1, Stuart Street, Victor Harbor
- 8:50am – Bus stop 7, Hayborough
- 8:55am – Resthaven, Frederik St Port Elliot
- 9:00am – Elliot Gardens, Montpelier Terrace Port Elliot
- 9:10am – Bus stop 12, Middleton
- 9:20am – Seachange Village, Gardiner Street Goolwa
- 9:22am – Goolwa Ampol, Cadell Street Goolwa
- 9:25am – Goolwa Stratco, Hutchinson Street Goolwa
- 9:30am – Thornbury Park, Willmett Road Goolwa Beach
Important: please give us a call the day before the trip to confirm.