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Hunter Valley Small Group Tour from Sydney: Behind the Scenes at Boutique Wineries with Tastings and Gourmet Lunch

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    • Adult (13+)
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Key Highlights

  • This small-group tour offers a personalized experience of Hunter Valley Boutique wineries
  • Take a behind the scenes tour with those for whom winemaking is a passion as well as a way of life
  • A gourmet lunch in a fine Hunter Valley restaurant is included
  • All tours are led by an expert on Hunter Valley Wines
  • Travel by luxury coach with an on board video presentation, hotel pick up and drop off is included
  • There is a guaranteed stop at the Iron Gate Estate for tasting – the rest of the stops are scheduled on the day as per the interests of the group
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted!
  • Overview
    Travel in style to the best boutique wineries in the Hunter Valley on a delightful customized tour of this legendary wine-growing area and its quality wines.

    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!

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?



    10 hours

    Start time

    Sydney city pickup starts between 7:20 and 8am
    Hunter Valley pickup starts at 10:30am

    Meeting Point

    Good news! You can get picked up from your hotels in Sydney city and for selected hotels in Hunter Valley, just give us the details at the time of booking. Don’t worry if you have not booked your hotel yet, you pass them onto the operator when you are ready.

    Ending Point

    Same as the start point.


    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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Fully escorted wine tour with expert guide
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Luxury coach travel
    • Behind the scenes wine tour
    • Tastings at 3-4 boutique wineries
    • Introduction to Hunter Valley and wine tasting DVD
    • 2-course gourmet lunch with a glass of Hunter wine


    • Anything not specified
  • Please note

    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.

  • Customer Reviews
    • Our guide Ben was wonderfull and chose really good places to visit....

      Annel Merwe, Australia
    • Good Trip, Good Wine, Great time

      Rae was a great tour guide. She made everyone feel like we've known each other and were good freinds. The higher end lunch was well worth the extra money. This was my second...

      ARTHUR R FORTIN, United States
    • Hunter Valley Wine Experience

      This wine tour was excellent. The couple from Boutique Tours were great. We tasted wines in three boutique wineries and had a great gourmet lunch. The wine tasting was very...

      Brian G. Ternoway, Canada