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Published December 11th 2018
An incredible area on every wine lover's bucket list, there really is no place like the stunning Hunter Valley. The opulent lifestyle of the region entices visitors from all around. With stretching land of lush green fields and rich farming soil, traditional vineyards, more than 120 wineries promising rich flavours, and local restaurants offering delicious seasonal dishes and decadent flavours. But what type of trip to the Hunter Valley suits you best? Here are some of the best tours offered in the region.
What better way to taste Hunter Valley's delicious wine than a full day of visiting the unique vineyards and wineries scattered within. Start the day in Sydney's centre city, hopping on board the bus and taking the scenic route out to the countryside region. Throughout the day the tour will stop to explore the renowned wineries, experiencing the behind the scenes winemaking as you sip on the variety of types offered. Find out which is your local favourite and treat yourself with a bottle for home before heading out the door.
The four winning varieties of the Hunter Valley are the flavourful Semillon, Shiraz, Verdelho, and Chardonnay. Semillon is by far the running champion, the region known as one of the best producers of Semillon in the world. the wineries may change depending on your date of travel, but the regular ones include McGuigan's Wine, Iron Gate Estate, and Savannah Estate. As you try each wine blend, you'll soon become an expert in Hunter Valley's process of winemaking.
Lunch will be held at the stunning Cypress Lakes Resort restaurant. Where you will enjoy a meal with a view! The scenery is flooded with picturesque bushland that adds a tranquil atmosphere to your exceptional meal.
The hunter valley with a twist! Showing all the incredible alternative attractions that are well worth the visit. With not just wine on this journey, but a range of different delicacies.
What goes best with a glass of red? Well, chocolate of course! Hunter Valley produces some of the best wine and food pairing, and the chocolate delicacies at the Hunter Valley Chocolate Factory is a perfect spot between your vineyard adventures. Breath in that rich chocolate smell as you step through the doors, and marvel at the array of unique treats on offer.
If you aren't a wino, have no fear, as this tour offers you an alternative to the endless whites, sparkling, and reds. Matilda Bay Brewhouse is renowned for its unique take on beer and cider, using local produce to create rich-tasting varieties. This will be the tours lunch stop, promising a hearty meal that will go perfectly with your chosen brew.
Interested in something even stronger? Hunter Valley Distillery, the only certified organic Distillery in the region, promises a light head with a range of enjoyable flavours of vodkas, gins, liqueurs, and schnapps. Set against a jaw-dropping view, you can sip on the butterscotch vodka as you marvel at the greenery.
Want to spend more than a day in the Hunter Valley? Spend the night beforehand at one of the many country cottages before joining the day tour that starts and ends within Hunter Valley. This way you won't waste any time trekking back and forth from the city centre, as you will be smack bang in the action already.
During your day, you'll visit three different Hunter Valley wineries. The chosen wineries will depend on the day, but the regular stops are at Kevin Sobels, Capercaillie wines, Tempus Two, Blueberry Hill and Ernest Hill. In each, you will get to sample the vineyards finest varieties within their cellar doors. As well as stopping off to sip on the unique flavours of Hunter Valley Distillery.
For a quick snack, the tour will stop off at the Smelly Cheese Shop. This factory shop creates handmade, preservative-free cheeses ranging in different tastes and textures. Award-winning cheeses range in variety, with not just everyone's favourites, but unique flavours only found in the Hunter Valley.
After savoury comes sweet! With a visit to the Sabor Dessert Bar to satisfy your sweet tooth. The shop uses their old family recipes to create beautifully presented treats for on the day nibbles as well as take-home gifts for loved ones.
About the Hunter Valley Tour Sydney
All these tours were from the one company; Hunter Valley Tour Sydney! They are a tourism company passionate in bringing travellers the greatest experience possible. Melbourne based husband and wife duo, Cam and Liz, started off with this simple vision. Eventually expanding from Melbourne to the rest of Australia. Offering exceptionally unforgettable adventures at the cheapest price possible. Hunter Valley Tour Sydney is one of the leading tour companies in the area. Engaging tourists in imaginative and adventurous journeys throughout natural wonders, stunning cities, and unforgettable landmarks.