New South Wales, Australia
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clock-o10 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Overview

Enjoy a day of wine tastings and locally crafted treats in the Hunter Valley on a small-group tour from Sydney. Visit boutique wineries for tastings, nibble artisanal cheeses and chocolates, and have the option to include lunch at a vineyard restaurant. Travel with a small group limited to 17 people accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, who ensures a more customized experience of the Hunter Valley.
  • Small-group Hunter Valley tour from Sydney
  • Enjoy a wine and cheese pairing at a boutique winery
  • Enjoy a gourmet lunch at a vineyard restaurant
  • Learn about the history of the Hunter region and its wines from your expert guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With wine, cheese, beer, and chocolate tasting, this tour is ideal for foodies visiting the Hunter Valley.
Your day begins with hotel pickup in Sydney followed by a scenic journey to the Hunter Valley, which is located about two hours away from Sydney. Drive into the valley, nestled in the lee of the Great Dividing Range. 180 years young, this is one Australia's oldest and best known wine regions. It's a dynamic and fascinating area that brims with over 150- top class wineries, 65- indulgent restaurants as well as gourmet produce and boutique breweries.
Your first stop in the valley takes you to a 5-star boutique winery in the Mount View region for a wine tasting. Sip on a number of different wines all in your own private area before heading to Leogate Estate to sample their wine selections paired with a cheese tasting.
Leogate Estate is an opulent cellar door, the perfect place to enjoy that unique taste which only the Hunter Valley and their award winning wines can provide. All wines produced from the great vines of one of the most highly regarded vineyards in Australia.  Here you will enjoy a selection of cheeses to accompany the wine tasting, followed by a tour of the onsite winery to learn of the wine making process.
Take a break for an optional two-course lunch (if option selected) that includes a main course (choice of four dishes) paired with either red or white wine, followed by a dessert course served with wine.
You can choose from several activities for the afternoon. Sample more wines at another tasting room, or visit the Chocolate Shop for sampling. Your guide can also provide options for further tastings of local cheeses or a tasting paddle of small-batch beers (own expense).
Expect to enjoy a number of picturesque wineries and tasting rooms that have stunning views of the rolling hills and vineyards of Hunter Valley. Keep your camera handy for photo ops, and relax on the drive back to Sydney in the mid-afternoon after a full day of delicious tastings in gorgeous settings. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in Sydney at approximately 5pm-5:30pm.

Reviews

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D
, Aug 2017

Scott is very helpful and cheerful during the journey. The 2 wineries we visited is good - I personally like the 1st one more than the 2nd one due to more closed communications. The time spent in the zoo is around 30 mins, which is to me, a bit short.

L
, Jun 2017

This was an outstanding trip and well worth the value. The wilderness zoo trip component was very special in that with the tour you have a private paid session with a Koala and an american alligator that you can pet. The Koala was one of our highlights of our entire trip. The wine tours were excellent. We took a separate trip later that had a wilderness stop, and there was no private session with the Koala and in the zoo setting, they were sleeping - they sleep around 20 hours a day.

j
, May 2017

This tour took us to some beautiful and scenic locations with a good sampling of wines from three wineries. On the way we stopped at a wildlife refuge and got to feed baby kangaroos and pet a baby koala. Our favourite winery was Leogate who provided a beautiful lunch and tour. We highly recommend this tour!

j
, Mar 2017

Wonderful full day trip to a very scenic wine country with excellent tastings and lunch! The trip to the Australia reptile park to see the Koala's and Kangaroos was fun for all. Our guide, Axl, was great. It was nice to get away from Sydney to see the countryside. I think we all wished we had a bit more time at the wildlife park but the driving time required a tight schedule.

n
, Dec 2016

I am only giving this tour 2 stars because our tour guide was wonderful, but the description of the tour needs to be fixed as soon as possible since it isn't true to what it says. It might be hard since it's early, but eat a breakfast before you go! They pick you up really early only to give you a small cup of tea or coffee which was kind of cold with a biscuit. The wildlife park was only a 30 min stop. We got to meet for 5 min with a small alligator and Koala and then feed some kangaroos. We couldn't walk around the park and we did not hand-feed wallabies or emus. We went to a small winery on our second stop and it was okay, but there was no wine and cheese ... just a few tastings of wine. The gourmet lunch at our third stop was family style and although was tasty, not worth the price when you are sharing with 9 other people nor was it enough for the amount of people they were feeding. The last stop was supposed to be shopping and chocolate tasting. It was only another 30 min stop and the chocolate tasting was walking into a small chocolate shop and they gave you a few pieces of candy. Everything was always rushed throughout the day to stick to a time schedule and it was very frustrating since I was hoping for time at each stop. I also wish we got a partial refund because we went on this trip because we thought we would have equal time with wine tasting, food, and wildlife as the description says and really all it was, was minimal wine tasting. I would look elsewhere if you are looking for this experience. This trip was expensive for what they offered. However, I do like to point out again and I wish I remembered her name, but our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable about the area. I also loved that she stopped at a gas station on the way back for a break since it was a lot of driving. I wish we would have went with another tour company though that actually did what we paid for!

j
, Dec 2016

We had an amazing time! Don, our driver and guide, was personable, knowledgeable, and flexible. The animal park, where we were able to pet koala, python, croc, and kangaroos, was a treat and the two wineries were fantastic in their own ways. Lunch was delicious! I was pleasantly surprised how good the food was! By the end of the tour, we had bonded with our tour mates.

b
, Dec 2016

Great trip thru country side. Awesome lunch, excellent food. Best driver and bus on any of the trips we booked in AU. Very relaxing day trip.

J
, Nov 2016

Awesome winery tour. Our tour driver, Peter, was very knowledgeable and friendly. All of the wineries were terrific. Had a wonderful lunch as well. Great afternoon!

d
, Oct 2016

It's rather a long bus ride, but worth the trip if you enjoy wine at all. The small group size was perfect, and the wilderness preserve was great - we got to feed kangaroos that were hopping around us, pet a koala and a reptile, and also to see indigenous animals that were safely contained such as wombats, Tasmanian devils, dingoes, and a crocodile. All of the wines were outstanding, and the wineries choose wine varieties that are not readily available in the US. The gourmet lunch at one winery was definitely that. Very much recommend this tour!

B
, Oct 2016

Really enjoyed this tour. Great driver who was very knowledgeable. Very enjoyable day. Started off at a wildlife park which was just great and then on to the wineries and a great lunch. Bought some beautiful wine only to lose it at the border when we left Sydney. Very disappointing. Other than that really recommend this tour.


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