Great Grape Run – wrap up

17th May 2017 : Sprite Club’s Great Grape Mid-week Run

Fortune favoured the brave. Eight cars. Fourteen members. Weather holding. Everything that was needed for a wonderful day. We met at the Woolworths Cumberland Park carpark and headed south at 10.30am.

It was a run that had a bit of everything – smooth suburban driving and spirited country roads. We headed south along Marion Road then through Flagstaff Hill. The first goal was to pick up Chandlers Hill Road and head to Clarendon. No over-heating; no hold ups. The roads from Clarendon to Kangarilla  & McLaren Flat reminded Russell Schmarr of rural France and who am I to argue.

We stopped for an early bakery lunch at McLaren Flat. We were well looked after and got fed up. Don Cardone is still wondering how it is that every bakery in Australia can have Award Winning pies. My answer: who cares, it was all pretty good.

Then it was a quick drive to d’Arenberg Winery for our look at the d’Arenberg Cube – our tip is people are going to come from miles and indeed interstate to see this little wonder. Penny, one of the family,  

hosted our wine tasting. We were walked through 4 whites and 4 reds in the hour and then treated to 2 older (2009) reds as a comparison to the later releases. We hope Miles Jackson’s sister from Victoria was impressed.

A push to get the McClaren / Lescius team started, a  final photo shoot and then about 3pm we all headed for home. Everyone would have got their cars safely shedded before the day’s light sprinkle wafted down.

In short,  an enjoyable day was had by all; we learned  a few things, grabbed some wines, talked cars and didn’t get cold or wet.

Great Grape Run 2017

Thanks to Don & Elaine Cardone, Chris & Tina Brine, Russell & Judy Schmarr, Jim & Shirley Schubert, Miles Jackson, Michael & Pat, Garry Beaton and Curt Heinrich.


Sprites etc.. Needed – Mid Week Run – Wed 17

Right,  Michael has organised a great run next Wednesday through the McLaren region – we need a minimum of 16 people to make the tasting at d’Arenburg a great success! (its paid for!!) Get your car out!!

  1. The weather forecast is brilliant, ie

            17th May 


            Precipitation 50%

            Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a stray shower in the afternoon…   what more could we want and in any case tin tops are welcome if the weather is really dodgy.

  1. For an annual sub, of not much, this is a way to get a return on investment.
  2. When your rego falls due just remember there was a Club, our Club,  that went into bat for members.
  3. If wine is not your thing there are always folk who can seriously  talk cars  and solve problems
  4. If all else fails the drive will be brilliant!

Please make this event a success, use this email link to Michael ASAP to let him that you’ll attend!

Great Grape Mid-week Run – Wed 17 May

Date:  Wednesday 17th May, 2017

Meeting place:   Northern side carpark at Woolworths Cumberland Park, corner Goodwood Road and Cross Road.

Time: 10am for a 10.30am depart (in an effort to miss some early morning traffic). 

This run will take us through the hills and Southern Vales, deep into the heart of wine territory.

We’ll stop for morning tea / a bakery lunch at approx. 11.45am at the Mclaren Flat Bakery.


Then it’s on to d’Arenberg Winery.  We have booked a hosted tasting at 1pm.

Club members  Judy & Russell Schmarr have alerted us to the architectural goings-on at the winery so we’ll look out for those as well.

When the tasting is over you will be able to stay at d’Arenberg ( we’ll get 15% off their wine prices ), drive to some of the other great wineries in the Southern Vales region or head on home; the choices are yours.

Bring your tin top if the weather is dodgy or if that’s what you want to do; but simply don’t miss out.

Responses via this email link to Michael McClaren by midday 15th May

Weekend Away : Fri 4th August to Sunday 6th August

Back by popular demand is the Sprite Weekend Away.  Normanville and Fleurieu Peninsula Check out the website.

So, decide now to be part of this event. Get the dates in your diary and let President Michael know as soon as possible.

We have booked 10 rooms and should be able to get at least a couple more so don’t hold back.

We’ll finalise a program with as much or as little as people want to do, but as a bit of a guide.

  1. Friday Leave Adelaide 1pm for Normanville.
  2. Camp Kitchen BBQ Dinner
  3. Saturday morning run, morning tea and fish & chips lunch taking in some of the nearby towns.
  4. Afternoon run back to Normanville, taking in some Classic Adelaide stages.
  5. Dinner at a nearby pub.
  6. Sunday checkout. Lunch at somewhere like Smiling Samoyed Brewery then  homeward bound.

We have booked Deluxe cabins. They are $118 per night.

They do have Executive cabins dotted through the Park at $130 per night.


Get on board as quick as possible and let Michael know by email,  that you will be attending and he will get your accommodation locked in. Time is of the essence, so don’t dilly dally. ( Places are limited to what is or will be available at the Park ).

Great Grape Mid-Week Run

Join the Great Grape Mid-week run.
McLaren vale, sweeping vines from samuels ridge winery
Following the success of last mid-week run to the north of Adelaide join us for a run down south.
Date:  Wednesday 17th May, 2017
Meeeting place:   Northern side carpark at Woolworths Cumberland Park, corner Goodwood Road and Cross Road.
Time: 10am for a 10.30am depart (in an effort to miss some early morning traffic. 
This run will take us through the hills and Southern Vales, deep into the heart of wine territory.
After lunch we’ll aim to be back on the road say 2.30pm to 3pm in order to miss some traffic.
Responses to email Michael McClaren midday 15th May.

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