A Guide to Hunter Valley Wine Tasting and Tours

Posted on 11 September 2019

Hunter Valley Wine Tours

Image thanks to Visit NSW

With over 150 wineries accumulated over 180 years, the Hunter Valley is renowned for its magical green sweeping hills and irresistible wine offering. Located 2.5 hours out of Sydney, the Hunter Valley hosts a somewhat overwhelming number of things to see and do. However, with a network of avid and professional tour experts, and this guide right here, you will be sipping a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc in no time.

 

Wine Tours

Two Fat Blokes: Uncork the Hunter – Full Day Tour
Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tours 

Photo thanks to Two Fat Blokes

With over 10+ years of tours, two fat blokes have specially crafted and perfected a Hunter Valley winery tour like no other. Sit back and relax while visiting a range of boutique, new, large, small, old or unique wineries, not available to the typical walk in taster. Are you looking for a wine tour with a difference? Then you’re on the right page.

Typical Itinerary:

Your tour includes a visit to multiple wineries where you will be able to indulge in a VIP cellar door tasting of cheese, chocolate and a mystery experience designed to build your wine knowledge. On warmer days, a vineyard walk is optional, yet highly recommended. 

Pick-up: 9:30 to 10:00am.

Drop-off: 4:30 to 5:00pm

Inclusions:

  •  Chocolate and wine pairing experience

  • Cheese and wine masterclass

  • Grazing box lunch and a glass of wine

  • Tour of the Hunter Valley Beer Co, with a refreshing beer to quench your thirst 

 

Tastes of The Hunter Wine Tours: Gourmet Explorer Full Day Tour

 

Tastes of the Hunter Wine Tours

Photo thanks to Tastes of the Hunter Wine Tours

If you are looking for a luxury bus that offers a personalised and flexible service from the cellar doors, exclusive locally made products like cheese, chocolate and wine, or a very intimate experience where you can tour with the owner himself, then Gourmet Explorer is a Sunday activity worth adding to your diary.

Typical Itinerary:

The Hunter Valley tour includes a visit to multiple wineries, distilleries and chocolate shops where you can explore and spoil yourself with a mouth-watering display of reds and whites. Lunch options are wide and flexible, allowing for individual preferences to take charge. Whether you feel like heading to Harrigan’s Irish Pub, Matilda Bay Brewhouse, or a tapas style restaurant, the choice is yours.

Pick-up: 8:00am-9:45am

Drop-off: 4:30-5:30pm

Inclusions:

  • Door to door return transport to your accommodation

  • Visit 3 cellar doors for private tastings and presentations 

  • Visit the Smelly Cheese Shop

  • Chocolate tasting a Pokolbin Chocolate Company Shop

  • Dessert a Sabor Dessert Bar

  •  Visit the Hunter Distillery for a taste of flavoured vodkas and schnapps 

 

I-Hop: Wine and Cheese Lovers Twilight Dinner Tour

 

Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tours

Photo thanks to iHop Hunter Valley

The hip progressive dining and tasting adventure is a beautiful way to discover the Hunter Valley at sunset. The tour takes you to three of the region’s most sought after wineries, breweries and dining destinations.

Typical Itinerary:

The tour commences with a guided wine tasting at a boutique cellar door before progressing onto a cellar door behind the scenes experience. There, you will learn the art local cheeses matched with wines from the largest boutique wine list in the Hunter. Finish the night off with a 2-course award winning dinner of breads, mains and desserts.

Pick-up: 4:15pm approx.

Tour Operates: Friday and Saturday Nights

Duration: 4 hours approx.

Inclusions:

  • Guided wine tasting

  • Complimentary pick up/return transfers

  •  Behind the Scenes insight into a working family run winery

  • Cheese and Wine matching masterclass

  • 2-Course dinner at an award-winning restaurant

 

Wine Tasting

There is something truly magical about the wine country. Take a trip to one of these beautiful wineries for a wine tasting experience of your dreams.

 

Brokenwood Wines

 

 Hunter Valley Day Trip

Photo thanks to Wine Country

Covering over 1,400 sqm, Brokenwoods cellar door is the largest in the Hunter Valley wine region. The beautifully designed complex features a large tasting room, expansive outdoor terrace, private tasting and dining rooms, a lounge area, and a wine museum that oversees their working barrel hall. Listed as a 5-star winery, Brokenwood offers a wine tasting experience of Shiraz, and Semillon.

Facilities:

  • Cellar Door Only Wines

  • Cellar Door Sales

  • Group Tastings

  • Bespoke Experiences

  • Wine Clubs

  • Winery on Site

  • Dining Venues

 

Briar Ridge Vineyard

 

Tastes of the Hunter Wine Tours

Photo thanks to Wine Country

Receiving the ‘Best Tasting Experience: Hunter Valley’ aware in 2019 from Gourmet Traveller WINE, Briar Ridge is worth the trip. They offer classic yet elegant varieties of wines, complete tasting experiences, and fresh local produce, all with mountain and garden views.

Facilities:

  • Tasting Bar & Deck

  • Group Bookings

  • Behind the Scenes Tours

  • Cellar Door Sales

  • Cheese & Antipasto

  •  Weddings & Functions

  •  Local Produce for Sale

  •  Wine Club

  • Disabled Access

The Mount View cellar door is open daily from 10am to 5pm

 

Gundog Estate Winery

 

Hunter Valley Tours

Photo thanks to Gundog Estate

As a boutique producer of premium Semillon and Shiraz, Gundog Estate believes in sustainable vineyard practices that leave the land in a better condition than before. The family owned winery strives for respect towards the environment, growers, customers, staff and community which as a result has created a memorable and meaningful experience to those who visit. Head to Gundog for one of their four Semillon wines, or a cheese and charcuterie plate.

Facilities:

  • Serviced by the McDonald’s road walking path

  • Toys/Play Area for Kids

  •  Gift Shop

  • Gourmet Pantry Shop

  • Cellar Door

  • Local produce for Sale

  • Wine Club (Barrell Club)

  • Diverse wine tasting experience

Open 7 Days — 10am to 5pm

Whether you’re looking for a beautiful scenic spot to have lunch, a private tour for the full winery experience or consider yourself a passionate wine connoisseur, the Hunter Valley has your next weekend sorted.

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