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Small Group All Inclusive Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney

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Small Group All Inclusive Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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 and a distillery for tastings, sample artisanal cheeses and enjoy a gourmet lunch at a restaurant. Travel with a small group 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
  • Learn about the history of the Hunter region and its wines from your expert guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With wine, cheese and spirits tasting, this tour is ideal for foodies visiting the Hunter Valley.
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Local guide
Live commentary on board
Gourmet lunch with wine selection
Wine tastings
Bottled water
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

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7:00 AM

Please arrive 10 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started.The pick up time may vary slightly on the day of travel. You will receive the exact departure time closer to the date of your confirmed tour
Your day begins with hotel pickup in Sydney or the Hunter Valley followed by a scenic journey to the Hunter Valley. Drive into the valley, nestled in the lee of the Great Dividing Range. 180 years young, this is one of 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 Binnorie Dairy, sample a selection soft cheeses made on site by their talented cheese makers.

Next up is a visit to two cellar doors in the region to taste some of the best wines the region has to offer, depending which day of the week you travel will determine what Cellar Doors will be experienced. The cellar doors could be Wandin Estate, Audrey Wilkinson, Leogate Winery, Bimbadgen Estate, Tulloch Wines, and Hunters Dream Estate.

Following your two cellar door tastings you will then stop for your final tasting, your host here will take you through a range of wines as well as their history, following this you will enjoy a grazing board lunch featuring local produce.

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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hunter Valley
Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from the agreed Sydney or Hunter Valley pick up point. Departing Sydney we travel north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge directly to the Hunter Valley, which is nestled in the lee of the Great Dividing Range. Enroute we will take a short restroom stop. Arriving into the valley, this is Australia’s oldest and best-known wine region and is soaked in 180 years of history. It’s a dynamic and fascinating area that brims with over 150 top class wineries, indulgent restaurants as well as gourmet produce and boutique breweries
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Binnorie Dairy Lovedale
Your first stop and tasting of the day is at Binnorie Dairy in Lovedale. Taste an array of soft cheeses including buche de chevre, washed rind, feta and brie. All cheeses are made on site, and you’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about the processes and procedures of cheesemaking.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Pokolbin
Next stop is Pokolbin in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Pokolbin is Australia's oldest continuous wine region with a history dating back to the early 1800s. There are many great cellar doors to visit, and we have put together some great tasting experiences where you will learn more about the winemaking process and taste some of the best wines the Hunter Valley has to offer. Two tastings are included in your Hunter Valley day trip. The cellar door visited on an AEA Luxury Tour include Wandin Estate, Audrey Wilkinson, Leogate Winery, Bimbadgen Estate, Tulloch Wines, and Hunters Dream Estate.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Wine House Hunter Valley
For lunch, we will head to the Wine House, a one stop cellar door and restaurant showcasing over 40 wines from a range of boutique winemakers. From traditional varieties to new and emerging, there is always an outstanding line up of wines on tasting. Taking a seat at the bar, your host will take you on a relaxed journey through a range of fantastic wines, personalised to your tastes. On conclusion of the tasting, you will indulge with a delicious grazing board lunch featuring a wide variety of local produce.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hunter Distillery
The last stop in the Hunter Valley is the Hunter Distillery. Here you can sample vodka, flavoured gin or liqueur. The Hunter Distillery use premium quality organic raw ingredients to produce an exceptional range of top shelf spirits.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sydney
Depart from the Hunter Valley approximately 3.30pm to to arrive back in Sydney approximately 5.30- 6.00pm
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Small-group tour of maximum 17 people
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY AEA Luxury Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group All Inclusive Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group All Inclusive Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small Group All Inclusive Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group All Inclusive Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Small Group All Inclusive Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group All Inclusive Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small Group All Inclusive Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney.

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Scott is very helpful and cheerful...
Derek Yuen
, 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.
star-5
This was an outstanding trip and...
Linda M
, 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.
star-4
This tour took us to some beautiful...
John_N
, 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!
star-4
Wonderful full day trip to a very...
Jeffrey_K
, 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.
star-2
I am only giving this tour 2 stars...
Nikita_M
, 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!
star-5
We had an amazing time! Don, our...
Jae_S
, 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.
star-5
Great trip thru country side...
Barbara_S
, 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.
star-5
Awesome winery tour. Our tour...
John B
, 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!
star-5
It's rather a long bus ride, but...
Donna_S
, 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!
star-5
Really enjoyed this tour. Great...
Brenda R
, 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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