- VIP tastings at 5 top wineries
- Mystery wine experience!
- Chocolate & wine pairing experience
- Cheese & wine masterclass, with 9 different cheeses & 9 specially made wines
- Generous antipasto lunch amongst the vines
- A brewery tour of the Hunter Valley Beer Co and a refreshing beer tasting to finish your day
- Pickup and drop-off from selected wine country accommodation. Please note locations outside of Pokolbin may incur an additional charge
- Transport in luxury vans
- Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide
- Chance to spot kangaroos and local wildlife
- Additional drinks, food, or any purchases from the wineries direct
WHAT TO EXPECT
Enjoy this popular full-day Hunter Valley wine tour, with private tastings of some of the Hunter Valley’s greatest wineries. We don’t stick to a formula and we’re constantly doing research. As long as we get great feedback from guests, you might visit boutique, new, large, small, old, or unique wineries. We want you to enjoy the best of the Hunter Valley, with unique wine encounters that are not available to your average walk-in wine-taster.
Your day includes visits to 5 different wineries for VIP cellar door tastings, including a mystery tasting at one of them, which could be a blind tasting or a barrel tasting etc. You'll get to sample the exquisite vinos at each one, with the chance to buy some bottles to take home with you.
While everyone knows the Hunter is famous for its wines, it also has a proud & thriving cottage industry that produces all sorts of other ingredients the local chefs love to use in their dishes. Olives & olive oils, cheeses, organic poultry, snails, berries, herbs, jams & pickles & of course chocolates and much more are all produced right here in the Hunter Valley.
The itinerary also gives you the opportunity to try some of this amazing local produce. Head to the Two Fat Blokes Kitchen for a Cheese and Wine matching experience. Here you'll match 9 different kinds of cheese with 9 different wines. You'll also receive a copy of the cheese & wine matching guide to take with them as a memento of your visit. Beyond cheese with wine, sweet tooths will love matching chocolate with wine for another unique and educational experience.
When it comes time for lunch, dig into a generous seasonal picnic lunch set up amongst the vines at a picturesque location (weather permitting). It's the perfect way to take a break and appreciate the beauty of this incredible region.
The last stop is a local brewery, to switch it up from wine to a frothy, with a delicious tasting paddle of the local beers.
Where we visit:
- Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen
- 5 top Hunter Valley wineries, which will vary on the day
- A local Hunter Valley brewery
Uncork the Hunter – Full Day Tour
|11:00AM - 12:00PM|
Monday, 29-04-2016 11:00 AM - 12:00PM
How many participants are there?
Minimum unit order: 1 persons.
What sort of vehicles do you use?
We have 2 Mercedes Sprinters, 1 Mercedes Vito and 2 Nissan El Grands.
How do your vehicles differ from other tours?
Our modern luxury vehicles are spacious and comfortably seat up to 12 guests. This allows for an easy and fun interaction within a small group setting (unavailable in smaller sedans, limos or bikes) and access to boutique locations. Other bigger bus tours get limited access to the more public tasting areas, with tasting queue delays, slow transitions and too many individual schedules.
Does bad weather stop tours?
No. Our tours are not affected by weather and will run rain, hail or shine.
Do you have disabled access?
The Kitchen and Deli is at ground level with easy access for disabled customers. Our tours unfortunately do not cater to wheelchairs.
Is there a lot of walking on your tours?
No, there is not a lot of walking, just enough to keep it fun. You should be mobile enough to get in and out of a van, and we park close to each winery so there are no big hikes to the front door. There are other optional walks around the vineyard and such for the more mobile, we will cater to your needs and abilities.
What beverages are included on the tour?
All wine/beer tasting during the experiences and wineries are included. Tour lunches include glasses of wine as outlined in the itinerary. Chilled water will be available in the van and during lunch. Additional glasses of wine or any purchases from the wineries direct are not included.
May we have wine with our lunch?
Yes, there is wine included with your lunch and you can purchase extra wine by the glass or bottle if you wish!
Will I look like a noob if I don’t know how to hold my wine glass?
No, absolutely not, your guide and the cellar doors will show you how to hold your wine glass, how to smell and taste your wine.
Can I bring my child?
No. Your child would be confused by a group of tipsy adults singing, “Come on Eileen” when they really don’t know the words. Fun, yes, but not pretty…
Can I bring my dog?
No. As some cellar doors do not allow dogs.
Is there room on the bus to store any wine that I buy?
Yes, when you purchase your wine the winery will label it with your name and we will store it safely in the bus for you.
How will I get my wine home?
We will store your wine for you safely on the bus and then return it to you when we drop you off at your accommodation. Most wineries will also ship your wine for you direct from their cellar door if you need to.
How many guests are normally on your tour?
It varies. Our tours usually have around eight guests on board with a maximum of up to 12 guests.
What do I wear?
Dress comfortably for the season you are visiting. There is no dress code but please respect the establishments you are visiting and dress appropriately as you would in any other licensed club or venue… and leave the ACDC sleeveless T at home!
Which wineries do we visit?
There is no set schedule of wineries. Our tour guides will take advantage of the best winery experiences available on that day, including special events, to make sure you get the most value from your itinerary, have an enjoyable day and maximise your taste time of the Hunter Valley.
Can we pick the wineries?
Yes, we do our best to try and accommodate your preference but it may not always be possible. If your group occupies the whole vehicle, we are happy to take you to the wineries of your choice, as long as those wineries permit us to visit that day. If you are sharing the vehicle with others, your tour guide will take responsibility for planning the best tour day possible for the entire group. We are careful to avoid taking people to places they may have already visited.
How do you determine which wineries are best for my group?
Because we know the area so well and try to deliver the best experiences based on:
- Rave reviews from previous tour groups
- Boutique, non-touristy locations
- Excellent wines, moderately priced
- Warm & friendly service
- Perks available (cellar tours, barrel-tasting, wine-maker available, etc.)
How long will we spend at each winery?
There is no set time. Some winery experiences take longer than others. The average is about 45min – 1hour at each winery.
Is there enough food served with lunch?
Yes, there is. We love food and we know you do too.
Do you accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions?
Yes, we can cater for all dietary requirements, please let us know these at the time of booking.
Are there any winery tasting fees?
No. Our tour prices are all-inclusive.
What cheese is included with the Cheese & Wine Experience?
There is a generous cheese portion, individually served on crackers, of 9 gourmet kinds of cheese (local, Australian & International) that are each matched with 9 local wines.
- There is a minimum number of people needed to operate this tour
- If you leave any facilities in such a state that either professional or extensive cleaning is required the parties involved will have their credit card automatically charged a minimum of $250 for cleaning fees
- The operator reserves the right to make last-minute changes to your tour experience.
You can change or cancel your booking for free up to 48hrs prior to your booking. In the event of a last-minute cancellation the following fees apply:
- Within 48hrs of the tour departure – 50% cancellation fee
- Within 24hrs of the tour departure – 100% cancellation fee
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