The Hunter Valley is one of the best wine regions in Australia. It is located in New South Wales, north of Sydney, and was one of the first places where European colonists established vineyards in Australia. It’s not just people who flock to the Hunter Valley who are addicted to alcohol. Gourmets also come to the famous restaurants here, where locally produced ingredients are paired perfectly with locally produced wines. Tours can also explore the scenic countryside, with many operators arranging time to wander among the vines, as well as some of Sydney’s attractions for those that start and end in the city.
The Hunter Valley experience can be done on its own, and while it’s primarily for tasting different types of wine, it’s not too conducive to driving. Therefore, tours are a very popular way to get to know the Hunter Valley area. There are cheap tours to get a general idea of the region and its nuanced offerings, half-day tours to visit just a few wineries, and perspective tours: learn about the production process from the winemaker, see the vineyards from the air, or taste the wine in the bustling surroundings of the spa. Here are five popular choices for a trip to Hunter Valley.
Hunter Valley Winery, Wine Tasting and Winery
Combining the specialties of the Hunter Valley area with some of the local attractions, this full-day tour is a great value for money. For first-time visitors to the region, the itinerary includes tasting local cheeses, wines and desserts at a range of boutique wineries. Out of Sydney, the trip will take you over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and through Cullingay Chase National Park. In addition, we will visit the Hunter Valley Garden Village. Lunch and wine tastings are also part of the cost, with different dietary options, including vegetarian, available.
UNCORK THE HUNTER full day wine tour
Do you like to add a little mystery to your culinary experience? This, then, is the trip that will be tossed into the barrel with the customary tasting. The mystery element comes as a surprise, so we won’t spoil it here, suffice it to say that it is meant to help you improve your wine knowledge. Other highlights of the trip included non-traditional wineries with multiple tastings and cheese pairings, followed by a tour of local breweries and the opportunity to drink some locally brewed beers. If there’s plenty of time and good weather, there’s also the chance to have some gourmet snacks in the vineyard. This itinerary includes pick-up and drop-off at the Hunter Valley Hotel.
Sydney to Hunter Valley wineries, winemaking and lunch tours.
If your main focus is on wine – and in the Hunter Valley, not surprisingly – then consider taking this tour, where you can taste up to 20 different wines. This tour goes even further, delving into the wine making process with a behind-the-scenes tour of a large winery. There’s plenty of time for tasting in the cellar before heading to some of the wineries, including one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the area. This trip starts in Sydney and lasts about 11 hours.
Enjoy a 9-course lunch at 4 Hunter Valley wineries.
If you’re looking for a half-day wine tour with a food and wine theme, this might be the place for you. Starting and ending in the Hunter Valley, this is a small tour, usually for up to 8 people. At the four winery restaurants on the itinerary, no less than nine courses will be prepared by top local chefs. Of course, many dishes are paired with top-notch wines. Transportation between the hotel and the wineries, as well as wonderful explanations on the journey, will help you to learn more about the wine regions.
Hunter Valley helicopter flights and picnics
The view of the Hunter Valley from the sky is a special experience and a level of luxury that matches the food and wine. A 15-minute flight over the wine region from Cessnock Airport on the coast, with mountains looming on the horizon. It was a private flight that added to the VIP flavor. Your pilot will land on the beautiful grounds of Audrey Wilkinson Winery, where a gourmet basket awaits you, which will be designed to suit your dietary preferences. You’ll also have time to stroll through the vineyards and wineries before heading back.