Australia

5 of the best Hunter Valley wine tasting tours

by Paul Stafford  |  Published November 18, 2019

The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s finest wine-producing regions. Located in New South Wales, to the north of Sydney, it was also one of the first places that European settlers established vineyards in Australia. And it’s not just oenophiles who flock to the Hunter Valley, either. Gourmets come for the region’s celebrated restaurants, where locally produced ingredients are used to create the perfect edible pairings for the locally-produced wines. Tours also explore the scenic countryside, and many operators schedule in time for a stroll among the vines, as well as taking in some of the Sydney sights, for those that start and end in the city.

Experiencing the Hunter Valley can be done alone, although the main point is to sample different types of wine, and that’s not too conducive to driving. As such, tours are an extremely popular way to get to know the Hunter region. There are cheap tours that provide a broad overview of the region and its nuanced produce, half-day tours that take in just a couple of wineries and then there are the perspectives tours: learning about the production process from the winemakers, seeing the vineyards from the air, or sipping wine in the luxuriant surrounds of a spa. Here are five popular Hunter Valley tour options.