Explore the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s finest wine-producing regions, on one of these top wine tasting tours.
Located in New South Wales, to the north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley was also one of the first places that European settlers established vineyards in Australia. Tours are an extremely popular way to get to know the Hunter region, taking care of the bookings and, more importantly, the driving, for you. Half day wine tours are possible, while longer itineraries schedule in time for a stroll among the vines. Here are five popular Hunter Valley tour options.
Hunter Valley Wine Tour with 3 Tastings and Garden Lunch
Combining an exploration of the fine produce of the Hunter Valley region with some of the local sights, this full-day group tour is one of the few excellent cheap tours to Hunter Valley. Geared towards first-time visitors to the region, the itinerary includes samplings of local cheeses, wines and liqueurs at a series of boutique wineries. A visit to Hunter Valley Gardens Village is also on the cards. Lunch, with options for different diets, including vegan, is provided as part of the fee, as are the tastings at three wineries. From A$175 per person.
Hunter Valley Winery & Wine Making Tour from Sydney
If your main focus is on the wine – and in the Hunter Valley, that would be unsurprising – then consider this tour, which provides an opportunity to visit at least two wineries. This tour even goes one step further, offering insight into the wine making process, with a behind-the-scenes winemaking excursion at one of the larger working wineries. There will be plenty of time for tastings in the cellar, before heading to lunch, which is included with, you guessed it, more wine. This tour starts in Sydney and lasts around 11 hours. From A$175 per person.
Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Pokolbin
If you’ve already got your own set of wheels and are spending a little time in the bucolic climes of the Hunter Valley, but want to let loose on a tasting tour and let somebody else do all the hard work, then this tour from Pokolbin might just do the trick. You’ll visit three or four wine cellars during the seven-hour tour, sampling wines at each one, while also finding time for a sit-down lunch, and visiting local cheese and chocolate manufacturers. From A$190 per person.
Uncork the Hunter Valley Full-Day Wine Tour
Do you like a little mystery added to your gastronomic experiences? Well that’s what the Uncork the Hunter tour throws into the keg along with the customary tasting sessions. The mystery element is left as a surprise, so we won’t ruin it here, suffice to say that it’s a fun activity designed to help you improve your knowledge of wines. Other highlights of this tour include off-the-beaten path wineries with multiple tasting sessions and cheese pairings, followed by a tour of a local brewery and the chance to drink some locally-brewed beers. From A$199 per person.
Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney with Lunch
The final choice on this list of impeccable Hunter Valley wine tours doesn’t do much different to the others. The primary focus is on tasting fine wines, in this case at three wineries, while also sampling other delicious regional produce, such as cheese, vodka, and even some experimental liqueurs (word has it that one of them involves a mix of mango, chili and chocolate mint). You’ll have plenty of time in the Hunter Valley as this tour lasts roughly 11 hours. From A$219 per person.