Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & SundayDuration
10½ hoursStart time
Duration: 10½ hours
Your hotel in Sydney. (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)Ending Point
Your hotel in Sydney (on request only)
The Hunter Valley is just 2 hours drive North of Sydney but a million miles away from the stress of city living. The Hunter Valley is Australia's oldest and one of its greatest wine areas, though it produces only a tiny proportion of the countries wines - about 2 per cent. First established more than 150 years ago, it is home to some 80 wineries ranging from famous labels to very small 'boutique' winemakers. The Hunter Valley is renowned for its full-bodied white wines, 'medium weight reds' and some excellent ports.
Some of the vineyards belong to big name companies such as Lindemans, McWilliams, Rothbury, Hardy's, Wyndham Estate and McGuigan. Others, like Tyrells and Draytons, are very old Hunter Valley family concerns which have been there for several generations and remained independent.
On this Hunter Valley tour you will trace the winemaking process from vine to bottle as you tour the vineyards and winery with the scent of crushed grapes in the air. A wine appreciation session will guide you through the textures and tasting of different wines.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Sydney and travel by coach on this Hunter Valley tour.
Depart Sydney via the Harbour Bridge and travel through the spectacular Hawkesbury district, stopping in historic Wollombi for morning tea.
On arrival in the Hunter Valley, your tour group will take private wine tasting sessions at two of the regions finest wineries; Lindemans Winery and Hunter Resort Country Estate. You will also have some time to enjoy a stroll through the Hunter Valley Gardens.
As part of these tasting sessions you will partake in an "Introduction to Wine Appreciation" course. You will learn about styles, techniques and how to blend your own wine. Lunch will be a smorgasboard of tasting platters offered during your wine tasting sessions.
As you travel back to Sydney you will pass through lush rolling hills with small wineries dotted across the landscape.
The last stop of the day is at Oakvale, one of Australia's oldest working wineries, where you will sample boutique wine at its finest. Take part in an interesting back of house tour to learn about how the wine is made from the grape to the bottle.
The tour ends at your hotel.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
The tour was definitely a hilight of our trip. The luncheon was one of the best I have ever had on a tour!...Chris W.Good