A flexible boutique wine tour of the picturesque Hunter Valley. Relax in comfortable small-group vehicles for the 2 hour drive north to the Hunter Valley. Along the way your guide will explain the day, lunch and winery options, and tell you about the history and uniqueness of Australia, its wine and culture. A rest stop along the way gives you a chance to stretch your legs and grab a snack.
When arriving in the Hunter Valley your first stop is at the Iron Gate Estate a popular boutique winery in the Hunter Valley. Here you will do your first tasting, along with a behind-the-scenes tour of the wine-making process.
From here, the day is customised to suit the group. Feel free to suggest wineries or wine-styles you’d like to try, or rely on the expert knowledge of your guide to shape your day. There are over 80 Cellar Doors in the Lower Hunter Valley, so creating a special, memorable day won’t be a problem.
Throughout the day there are generally 3-5 formal wine-tastings as a group. There’ll also be the chance for more tastings on your own over lunch. Or you may prefer to do some cheese-tasting, visit the chocolate shop, browse the shops and galleries, or simply laze under a gum tree.
At lunchtime you’ll visit one of the Hunter Valley’s leading, award-winning restaurants for a two course gourmet meal. Your meal includes olives and bread to start, followed by your choice of main and dessert from a seasonally-changing menu of local produce. It also includes a glass of fine Hunter wine to top it off!
More tastings at the Hunter’s fabulous wineries after lunch round out your day before a mid-afternoon drive back to Sydney.
There’ll be time to enjoy a film on the onboard TV, or to snooze away the day’s indulgences! The onboard fridge has plenty of room to store your local purchases. You’ll return to Sydney approximately 6.00pm.
Please note: All optional excursion descriptions represent a typical itinerary and will not necessarily operate exactly as outlined. Distant Journeys reserves the right to change the local operators at short notice if deemed necessary and appropriate.