Leave the bustle of Sydney and spend a relaxing day in the beautiful Hunter Valley on a guided wine-tasting tour in Australia's oldest wine producing region. Enjoy a delicious lunch paired with wine, take a private tour of a vineyard, and savor tastings at several wineries. Learn about the the wine making process from your experienced guide and have the option to sample locally crafted beers. Wrap up your day with a visit to the elaborately landscaped gardens and boutique village at Hunter Valley Gardens.
You'll leave Sydney in the morning and travel about two hours to the Hunter Valley, getting magnificent views of the Hawkesbury River as you approach the valley. Keep an eye out for the remains of a convict-built road that winds into the hills.
With a reputation for fine wine and other edible delights, the Hunter Valley is a wine and food lovers dream, and your knowledgable guide will show you the best spots. Your first stop will be Drayton's Family Wines, a pioneering winery that was founded more than 150 years ago and is still family-owned and operated. Sample their award-winning wines and hear about their history in the region.
Next, enjoy a private wine tasting experience at world-renowned Lindeman's, another veteran wine producer in Hunter Valley. After sampling several of their blends, you'll be ready for lunch!
Head to Hunter Valley Resort for a delicious 2-course lunch specially paired with wines to compliment the meal. The resort sits among 40-year old shiraz vineyards on 70 secluded acres in the heart of Hunter Valley. Enjoy the ambiance as you sip wine and take in the surroundings.
After lunch, visit Bluetongue Brewery where the brewery has been crafting Bluetongue Beer since 2001. You'll have the option to sample a flight of several beers (own expense) before heading to McGuigan Wines to sample their wines.
Wrap up your day in Hunter Valley with a stop at Hunter Valley Gardens. Walk through some of the magnificently landscaped gardens, tantalize your taste-buds with artisan chocolates, or enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes (own expense). You can even sample wine, beer or liquors at The Garden Cellars (own expense). After a full day, relax on the ride back to your Sydney hotel.
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Departure Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Commences: Sydney, Australia Departure Point: Tour departs from most Sydney hotels OR Star City Casino, downtown Sydney Departure Time: 8am
Return Details: Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:15pm Itinerary: Sample menu: Shared platters of food will be served with accompanying wine
Ocean trout cured in salt and sugar with snow pea leaves and a ginger dressing
Caesar salad with prosciutto and shaved Parmesan
Penne pasta tossed with vine ripened tomatoes, olives and baby capers
Rare roast beef salad with a mustard honey dressing
Tea and coffee
Please note that menu is season and subject to change
Hotel Pickups: 7.45am Aspire Hotel 7.20am Bayview Boulevard Hotel 7.15am Cambridge Inn 7.15am Crescent on Bayswater 6.35am Crowne Plaza Coogee (No Drop-off) 7.10am De'Vere Hotel 7.40am Four Points Sheraton 7.25am Four Seasons 7.10am Grace Hotel 7.35am Hilton Hotel (Pitt St entrance) 6.20am Holiday Inn Airport Hotel (At bus stop) 7.45am Holiday Inn Darling Harbour 7.00am Ibis King Street Wharf 7.15am Intercontinental ( Macquarie St entrance) 7.00am Langham Hotel 7.05am Menzies Hotel 7.35am Mecure Sydney (Hotel driveway entrance) 7.20am Metro Sydney Central (Pitt st) 7.50am Novotel Darling Harbour 7.40am Novotel Sydney Central 7.35am Old Sydney Holiday Inn 7.45am Parkroyal Darling Harbour 7.40am Park Hyatt 7.30am Park Regis 7.25am Pullman Hyde Park 7.20am Raddisson Blu 7.40am Rendezvous Studio Hotel (Quay St entrance) 7.25am Rydges World Square (Pitt st entrance) 7.20am Sebel Surry Hills 7.30am Shangri-la Hotel 7.35am Sheraton on the Park (Castlereagh st) 7.10am Sofitel Wentworth 7.50am Star City Coach Terminal 6.50am Swiss Grand Bondi 7.40am Swissotel (meet at porters deck) 7.25am Sydney Harbour YHA 7.15am Vibe Hotel Sydney 7.10am Westin Sydney (Pitt st entrance) 7.25am YHA Sydney Central
Transport by air-conditioned coach
Three wine tastings
Lunch paired with matching wines
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations
Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Minimum age is 18 years to consume alcohol
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