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During the day, you will sample up to 30 premium Hunter Wines, some of which are not available anywhere else in the world.
After a visit to the popular Iron Gate Estate, where you’ll experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the wine-making process, your expert guide can adjust the tour to the particular interests of the group. Sample the wine styles that appeal to you most or indulge in a cheese or chocolate tasting session. You’ll also enjoy a fabulous gourmet lunch.
And there’s more to the Hunter Valley than wine. This is also a great chance to see the farmland and bush outside Sydney, learn about convict and pioneering history and spot the local wildlife. Kangaroos love vineyards too!
You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Sydney and accompanied by an English-speaking guide, travel in a comfortable coach to Hunter Valley. On the journey, you will have the chance to enjoy an onboard DVD presentation about wine-tasting and the wine industry in the Hunter Valley and Australia.
The Hunter Valley is just 2 hours drive North of Sydney but a million miles away from the stress of city living. The Valley is Australia's oldest and one of its greatest wine areas, though it produces only a tiny proportion of the country’s 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.
Arriving in the Hunter Valley you will make a stop at a boutique winery. Here you will do a tasting, along with a behind-the-scenes tour of the wine-making process. This is the only regular venue on the tour. From here, the day is customized to suit the group. Feel free to suggest wineries or wine-styles you'd like to try, or rely on the expert knowledge of your guide to shape your day. There are over 80 Cellar Doors in the Lower Hunter Valley, so creating a special, memorable day won't be a problem.
Throughout the tour, you can expect to enjoy 3-5 formal wine-tastings as a group. Therell also be the chance for more tastings on your own over lunch. Or you may prefer to do some cheese-tasting, visit the chocolate shop, browse the shops and galleries, or simply laze under a gum tree.
At lunch time, you'll visit one of the Hunter's top award-winning restaurants – The Cellar Restaurant – for a two- course gourmet lunch including a glass of fine Hunter wine. Choose from a seasonally-changing menu featuring fresh local produce and gourmet choices. A sample menu is given below but please note that this is just to give you an idea and is likely to change.
After lunch, enjoy more tastings at the Hunter's fabulous wineries before a mid-afternoon drive back to Sydney. There'll be time to watch a film on the onboard TV, or to snooze away the day's indulgences! The onboard fridge has plenty of room to store your local purchases. You'll return to Sydney approximately 1800h (6:00pm), with a complimentary drop-off to your city hotel or transit point.
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.
Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)
Our supplier needs at least 3 people on the tour to be able to go ahead. Should this number not be met for your chosen date, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.
Only 14 people are allowed in one group. Wine will not be served for people under 18 years of age.
Please bring your valid photo ID along.
Please specify your dietary requirements at time of reservations to avoid last minute disappointment.