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Overview

Sample lots of great wine, cheese and other gourmet treats on a full-day tour to the Hunter Valley. Known for its great growing climate and fine wines, the Hunter Valley also boasts fantastic food producers who make the most of the fresh local ingredients. Your guide takes your small group to boutique wineries and cheese producers to sample the goods. Learn more about the winemakers and foodies who have given the Hunter Valley a reputation for excellence. Its worth the trip from Sydney!
  • Full-day wine-tasting tour of the Hunter Valley
  • Taste 20 different varieties of wine and sample cheese from a local cheese shop
  • Meet local wine lovers to discuss what makes the region and it's wines so unique
  • Wines available for purchase by the bottle directly from the cellar door
  • Cafe lunch with hot and cold options available
Meet your small-group tour in central Sydney then get comfortable on your air-conditioned coach for the two-hour scenic drive to the Hunter Valley. Your guide points out the sights and explains their history as you travel through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and over the Hawkesbury River.

When you arrive in the valley, your guide takes you to some of the favorite small producers in the region. Go wine tasting at celebrated wineries such as Iron Gate Estate, Tempus Two Wines and McGuigan Wines.

During your visit, you’ll taste as many as 20 different wines, including the Hunter Valley’s famous semillon and shiraz varieties. If you’d like to bring some home, you can purchase bottles from the wineries.

In addition to the wine, food has become a star of the Hunter Valley. Your tour includes a stop at an artisan cheese shop to sample a variety of delicious cheeses. For lunch, a delicious cafe lunch is included with hot and cold options available. 

Return to Sydney in the evening after a wonderful day in the Hunter Valley.

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, Jul 2018

I cannot recommend this tour enough! Activity Tour's manager, Tish, and our guide, Jim, were both phenomenal. I've never been on such an interactive and wonderful tour. Tish and Jim were so accommodating to our whole group and answered every question with such kindness. The wines tasted were beyond me and I ended up having to make more luggage space for the ones I loved most! The wineries were selected with great taste and the people showcasing their wines were absolutely amazing. 15/10 would tour again.

C
, Jul 2018

My sister and I did this trip in July and it was wonderful. A hidden bonus of the trip was seeing a group of wild kangaroos as we travelled between two wineries and, for someone not from the area, it was a wonderful highlight! Jim, our guide and driver, was very friendly and knowledgeable. With such a small group 4 in total! he was able to get to know each of our interests and hopes of the trip. We visited three wineries and each as fantastic. Tasted many different types of wine crafted on site, and there was no pressure to make any purchases though many in our group did because the wines were so good and unique. The lunch provided had many options to meet any dietary needs and tastes. The cheese tasting was a bit informal and something I believe any traveller who stopped at the store would also recieve, but the wines were tasty and there was a small cooler in the back of the van that kept any purchases cold for the remainder of the trip. I would highly recommend to anyone who likes wine and wants an easy day trip into the country side outside busy Sydney.

C
, May 2018

We saw Kangaroos!! It was a small group and the guide was very knowledgeable. Enjoyed the day very much and the wine was great!!

A
, Apr 2018

Fun day and good wine

m
, Apr 2018

Excellent tour, tour guide and choice of wineries. Great value for money and a fun day which provided great insight in to the Hunter Valley and boutique wine operation.

N
, Apr 2018

Great day. Good wines, decent lunch in a nice setting, a little cheese and a little chocolate plus the opportunity to purchase if you liked any of that. O pressure at all though. Pretty scenery, a few kangaroos along the way as well. Our driver/guide was excellent, the van was comfortable and the number in the group was also. All in, well worthwhile.

L
, Apr 2018

This was an excellent tour, as the group was small enough about 16 people. Our driver was the guide and he did a great job. The wineries we visited gave excellent presentations and the wines were great, and they provided a nice selection of their collection. The lunch was great, too as I had the fish. The cheese and chocolate tasting was okay.

K
, Mar 2018

This is a great tour with a wide variety of selections of wine and a very interesting guide.
If the weather is sunny, it gets perfect with the scenery of Hunter Valley and if you are lucky, you might be able to see wild kangaroos.

n
, Mar 2018

We absolutely loved our Guide, Jim, with Activity Tours. However, there was only one really great winery we went to. The first winery, our group was stuck in a stifling back room. The third winery didn't have very good wine. I believe the rationale of which wineries we toured was based on the personality of the owners and not the wine itself, which I hope changes in the future. Our Mercedes van's A/C stopped working early on in the tour and our driver tried to get us another van to switch to but his company and/or the van company wouldn't oblige. This made the rest of the tour extremely uncomfortable until the A/C kicked back on with about an hour left on the tour. Overall, gorgeous views, the driver purposefully took us on routes to find wild kangaroos and was very successful!

j
, Mar 2018

This tour was absolutely fantastic - i went on it as my wife loves wine, and returned even more enthusiastic about wine!
Steve, the Australian tour guide/driver, was brilliant - constantly thinking of the customer and is a real people-person. We had a lovely group of 8 of us from across the world England, Canada, USA, Singapore and that was great to discuss wines from across the globe. The air-conditioned minibus was of a high standard and a comfortable journey.
We visited 3 wineries and tasted a good 25 or so wines from the Hunter Valley. It was easy to purchase a bottle as they all had card machines - and, the wines were all very reasonably priced for small boutique wineries. Lunch was included and was again, a very high standard. We stopped for a good length of time so was given an opportunity to visit some shops where there was some chocolate and cheese samples available.
I cannot recommend this tour enough, it really was a brilliant experience


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