Hunter Valley Harvest Wine Experience
You’ll head out over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and through the leafy North Shore suburbs, heading to the beautiful Hunter Valley. Today you’re going to taste some of the finest wines this country has to offer, amid the stunning landscape of the Hunter Valley. Your Driver Guide will give you details of the day’s itinerary as you sit back and enjoy the view.
One of Australia’s most celebrated wineproducing regions, the Hunter Valley in country New South Wales attracts more than 2V million visitors each year. Much of the lush countryside is under vine, providing stunning views. There are extensive plantings of traditional varieties across the valley, including Shiraz, Semillon, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
First stop is Pokolbin to visit the internationally renowned Hope Estate, one of the Hunter’s premier wineries. Family owned and operated, the winery covers 170 hectares and is a Hunter icon. You'll be greeted by one of their cellar-masters and taken on a guided tour of their winery while sampling some of their award-winning wines, whose varieties include Shiraz, Semillon, Chardonnay and Verdelho. *
Hunter Resort Lunch
This secluded country inn is nestled within its own 40 year old Shiraz vineyards in the heart of the Hunter Valley. You’ll visit their cellar-door and learn of the local wine-making techniques. You’ll also be treated to a tasting platter lunch of seasonal local produce along with a range of wine tastings to complement the food.
Included Meals: Lunch
With a history in wine-making dating back to the late 1800s, the McGuigan family are respected pioneers of the industry both in Australia and overseas. At the McGuigan cellar-door you’ll be greeted warmly and welcomed to a tasting of their fine wines.
Hunter Valley Gardens Village
This village is a beautiful spot, brimming with boutique stores and majestic gardens. Before returning to Sydney, treat yourself to afternoon tea and some of the Hunter’s best homemade produce (own expense). Make sure you take a peek in the Hunter Valley Chocolate Shop – you simply won’t be able to resist the temptation.
Please note: This tour will not visit Hunter Valley Gardens, the Hunter Valley Garden Village is outside of the Gardens.
*Leogate Estate Wines will replace Hope Estate Winery from 2 October 2016.
Full Day Tour
Approximately 10.5 hours
Tue, Fri & Sun from 6.50am from Sydney (pick-ups at selected city hotels)
6.45pm approximately, Sydney
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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- 3 Wine Tastings
- Experienced Driver Guide
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen
- Water bottle
- Jacket in the cooler months
Low level of fitness required.
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
The following pick-ups will be in effect from 1st April 2016.
|Hotel||Pickup Location||Pickup Time|
|Crescent on Bayswater||Front of Hotel||6.50am|
|Four Points Sheraton||Front of Hotel||8.00am|
|Four Seasons||Level 3 – Harrington Street entrance||8.05am|
|Hilton Hotel Sydney||Pitt Street entrance||7.50am|
|Novotel Darling Harbour||Front of Hotel||7.35am|
|Parkroyal Darling Harbour||Front of Hotel||7.40am|
|Rydges World Square||Front of Hotel - Pitt Street entrance||7.45am|
|Sofitel Wentworth||Front of Hotel||7.05am|
|Vibe Hotel Sydney||Front of Hotel||7.15am|
|YHA Central||Front of Hostel||7.20am|
In Sydney, you will be picked up by your specific touring vehicle an commence your day tour without the need to go to a centralised departure point to swap vehicles.
Please use the tool below to find the nearest pickup location from your hotel and advise your chosen pickup with your booking. Alternatively, please ask at time of booking.
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Just finished a day tour to the Hunter Valley today it was good food and wines. This is the second tour we have done with them last year we did the Yarra Valley. Great tours.
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