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Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour from Sydney

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Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour from Sydney
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icon11 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Sample lots of great wine, cheese and other gourmet treats on a full-day tour to the Hunter Valley. Known for its great growing climate and fine wines, the Hunter Valley also boasts fantastic food producers who make the most of the fresh local ingredients. Your guide takes your small group to boutique wineries and cheese producers to sample the goods. Learn more about the winemakers and foodies who have given the Hunter Valley a reputation for excellence. Its worth the trip from Sydney!
  • Taste 20 different varieties of wine and sample cheese from a local cheese shop
  • Meet local wine lovers to discuss what makes the region and it's wines so unique
  • Wines available for purchase by the bottle directly from the cellar door
  • Cafe lunch with hot and cold options available
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Local guide
Wine tasting
Cheese tasting
Cafe lunch with hot and cold options
Pickup and drop off from designated meeting points or contact the operator to request a hotel pick up (many central hotels)
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8:00 AM
Please wait outside your selected pickup location 10 minutes before the time listed below. Do not go to a different location unless you have contacted us directly and received confirmation of a different pickup location and time. Please contact us directly if you have any questions. 7:00am - Holiday Inn Potts Point - 203 Victoria St 7:15am - Mercure Central 818-820 George St, Little Regent St Entrance 7:20am - Rydges World Square, 389 Pitt St 7:30am - Novotel Darling Harbour, 100 Murray St 7:35am - Grace Hotel, 77 York St 7:40am - Sir Stamford Hotel 93 Macquarie St 7:50am - Amora Jamison 11 Jamison St
Meet your small-group tour in central Sydney then get comfortable on your air-conditioned coach for the two-hour scenic drive to the Hunter Valley. Your guide points out the sights and explains their history as you travel through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and over the Hawkesbury River.

When you arrive in the valley, your guide takes you to some of the favorite small producers in the region. Go wine tasting at celebrated wineries such as Iron Gate Estate, Tempus Two Wines and McGuigan Wines.

During your visit, you’ll taste as many as 20 different wines, including the Hunter Valley’s famous semillon and shiraz varieties. If you’d like to bring some home, you can purchase bottles from the wineries.

In addition to the wine, food has become a star of the Hunter Valley. Your tour includes a stop at an artisan cheese shop to sample a variety of delicious cheeses. For lunch, a delicious cafe lunch is included with hot and cold options available. 

Return to Sydney in the evening after a wonderful day in the Hunter Valley.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge as you leave the city behind and head north to Australia's oldest wine making region.
Stop At:  
Hunter Valley
Enjoy a selection of wines from local Hunter Valley cellar doors. We typically visit three wineries, giving us the time and space to enjoy each glass without being rushed.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Ku-Ring-Gai Chase
Enjoy the scenery as we travel through the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase
Pass By:  
Hawkesbury River
Cross over the Hawkesbery River and the Mooney Mooney Bridge
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Pick-ups are from designated meeting points. Some additional central hotel pick-up may be possible by request
  • Small-group tour with a maximum 20 participants
  • Must be 18 years or older to taste wines
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Activity Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour from Sydney?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour from Sydney?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour from Sydney?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour from Sydney?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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star-5
Two thumbs up!
Tamara_B
, Apr 2022
Great group tour. Worth the price. Tasted so many different wines and learned so much wine tasting techniques.
star-5
Great experience
Inna_P
, Jun 2021
Great experience, we went with a group of 6 people in total. Went to 3 vineyards, cheese and chocolate shop. Also very nice driver
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We are very pleased that you had a great day in the Hunter Valley - and hope that you come again!
star-5
Great day Well worth the money
Hearthe_J
, May 2021
Great day. Only four women on trip so great company The guide Jim was excellent. The 3 wineries were great and the lunch was very good
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
The silver lining in the current situation is that our small group tours often only have a few people on them which makes for a very enjoyable day out!
star-5
Excellent Tour in Hunter Valley
Santanu_C
, Dec 2019
We started from CBD. The driver cum guide was awesome. We loved his commentary. He shared all the information in advance before we reach the Wineries. It was a quite comfortable tour. We covered 3 Wineries and 1 Cheese & Chocolate testing area. Lunch was awesome. Before leaving the Hunter Valley, our guide surprisingly brought us to the Kangaroo lookout place. Highly recommend this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A Great Day
Heather_B
, Nov 2019
Jason was terrific. Just the right combination of wine related information to make the experience meaningful and a dry wit to make the conversation fun.
star-5
wine tasting
Perry_P
, Nov 2019
We really enjoyed the tour and bating Jim. It was excellent. All three wineries were really good. We bought 4 bottles of wine and cheese. Thank you Jim for a really good time from two Tennessee hicks.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
wine and "cheese"
kvanwyngaarden
, Nov 2019
The wine component of the trip was great; however, the tour guide knew little about wine and was candid about his lack of knowledge. The cheese tasting was hardly a cheese tasting. We went to a shop where we were told to not have too many people in the group go in at the same time. It was cheese that any person could trial, similar to going to a whole foods and trying cheese before you buy it. This is how it was for the chocolate tasting, too. The lunch was good and the other tourists were great.
star-5
Awesome!
Cathy H
, Nov 2019
Had time in Sydney to finally take a wine tour in Hunter Valley! We live close to the Napa Valley and wanted an opportunity to try some Australian Wines. It was a great tour! Booked online. Very concise instructions on where to meet and the bus arrived on time. Knowledgeable guide. 3 wineries on the tour and we were very pleased with the with all of them. Great wines with super nice people at the wineries. I highly recommend this perfect day!
star-5
Awesome Wine Tour
JCHorvath
, Nov 2019
My husband and I had a great day with Peter. He was right on time to pick up and even dropped us back off near our hotel. He gave lots of great recommendations on the drive up and picked out three wonderful wineries to explore. He even found a few Kangaroos for us to photograph :)
star-5
Hunter Valley
Safari66420978027
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide Scott was very well informed and related a lot of great information about Sydney and Australia in general. I enjoyed hearing his stories of wildlife experiences. We highly recommend this tour.
star-1
Was unable to attend
Explore11826353313
, Apr 2019
I sadly became unwell during my trip to Sydney and called up to cancel the trip but unfortunately wan't able to. They offered me a new date but as I was only in Sydney for 4 days I couldn't take them up on this.
star-3
Great driver, sub-par wineries and overall experience
Vacationer600655
, Apr 2019
First, let me say our driver and guide was really cool. The problem started with the fact he is not a wine drinker. That started off the tour on the wrong foot because he doesn't have the nos for wines. The other issue is that the wineries, with the exception of the last one, lacked that stunning view of Hunter Valley. The second winery was just an industrial wine making facility. As a tourists, you are expecting these post card views of wine country coupled with amazing wines paired with wonderful food and chocolates. This tour lacked that. Lunch was basic burger and fries, or some other Australian fare. I was expecting someone like I experienced in Italy: commanding views of the hillside, a 3 course meal paired with wines and a tour of the actual winery. This tour is just average.
star-4
Winetasting trip
Stephen_C
, Jan 2019
This was memorable trip to an outstanding wine making region of Australia. Our driver/guide was helpful, informative and entertaining. Altogether a very good day
star-5
I cannot recommend this tour enough...
Emily L
, Jul 2018
I cannot recommend this tour enough! Activity Tour's manager, Tish, and our guide, Jim, were both phenomenal. I've never been on such an interactive and wonderful tour. Tish and Jim were so accommodating to our whole group and answered every question with such kindness. The wines tasted were beyond me and I ended up having to make more luggage space for the ones I loved most! The wineries were selected with great taste and the people showcasing their wines were absolutely amazing. 15/10 would tour again.
star-4
My sister and I did this trip in...
Colleen M
, Jul 2018
My sister and I did this trip in July and it was wonderful. A hidden bonus of the trip was seeing a group of wild kangaroos as we travelled between two wineries and, for someone not from the area, it was a wonderful highlight! Jim, our guide and driver, was very friendly and knowledgeable. With such a small group 4 in total! he was able to get to know each of our interests and hopes of the trip. We visited three wineries and each as fantastic. Tasted many different types of wine crafted on site, and there was no pressure to make any purchases though many in our group did because the wines were so good and unique. The lunch provided had many options to meet any dietary needs and tastes. The cheese tasting was a bit informal and something I believe any traveller who stopped at the store would also recieve, but the wines were tasty and there was a small cooler in the back of the van that kept any purchases cold for the remainder of the trip. I would highly recommend to anyone who likes wine and wants an easy day trip into the country side outside busy Sydney.
star-5
We saw Kangaroos!! It was a small...
carol_a
, May 2018
We saw Kangaroos!! It was a small group and the guide was very knowledgeable. Enjoyed the day very much and the wine was great!!
star-5
Excellent tour, tour guide and...
Marcus_V
, Apr 2018
Excellent tour, tour guide and choice of wineries. Great value for money and a fun day which provided great insight in to the Hunter Valley and boutique wine operation.
star-5
Great day. Good wines, decent lunch...
Noel G
, Apr 2018
Great day. Good wines, decent lunch in a nice setting, a little cheese and a little chocolate plus the opportunity to purchase if you liked any of that. O pressure at all though. Pretty scenery, a few kangaroos along the way as well. Our driver/guide was excellent, the van was comfortable and the number in the group was also. All in, well worthwhile.
star-5
This was an excellent tour, as the...
Laverne A
, Apr 2018
This was an excellent tour, as the group was small enough about 16 people. Our driver was the guide and he did a great job. The wineries we visited gave excellent presentations and the wines were great, and they provided a nice selection of their collection. The lunch was great, too as I had the fish. The cheese and chocolate tasting was okay.
star-5
This is a great tour with a wide...
Kanata K
, Mar 2018
This is a great tour with a wide variety of selections of wine and a very interesting guide. If the weather is sunny, it gets perfect with the scenery of Hunter Valley and if you are lucky, you might be able to see wild kangaroos.

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