The tour could have been amazing, but since the driver did not share any information at all, not even an itinerary of the day, or time we had at each stop, it was quite disappointing. The wineries were great, but the poor organisation and complete lack of interest and information from the driver left a bad taste.Definitely not as mentioned in the overview:'Learn about the region’s history from the informative driver-guide.'Bruce did not even mention which area we are in. A couple of the people on the tour asked him where we were going next, but still it did not prompt him to share any information. The final straw was when he left 6 of the 16 people behind at one location. Since he was already acting as purely a driver, not a guide, the least he could do was check that all were in the van.I would not recommend this tour. Would be better to just book transport and decide on the wineries you want to visit.
Nothing special and not the best wineries I hope. We've done lots of wine tours and this one didn't really measure up. Could have given everyone a bottle of water, could have told some interesting stories about the wineries, etc. Instead, our driver was pleasant, but just that. Stuck mostly to here's where we'll be going and what time we will arrive, depart, etc. Folks who 'pre-ordered' lunch were seated together in a separate part of the restaurant we stopped at. Folks who did not pre-order some because they didn't realize they could, and two who though they did but there must have been an error were told they could order meals on-site, but then were seated separate from the group. Not a great experience. I'd probably try another tour in future. This price was reasonable, but the experience reflected that.
Our tour was amazing, Hunter Valley is beautiful! Our driver, Bill, chose the perfect wineries to bring us too. He also made two additional stops for us to do an olive oil tasting and vodka tasting - he made the trip even more incredible. If you have the option to request a driver, definitely go with him!
This was a very enjoyable day. All the winery's we visited were very good, the pace of the tour was good and most importantly the wine tastings were very enjoyable and generous with their wine!. The tasting notes which accompanied several of the tastings really helped and were good to take away for future reference. Jeff, our guide was hilarious - his anecdotes kept the customers entertained, although some of his local knowledge could have been better. All in all I would recommend this tour.