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Published December 13th 2010
Sydney may be a metropolitan area, but it is surrounded by some of Australia's most delicious wineries that are often open to the public for winery tours, lunch and tastings. You could not possibly visit them all in one day, but here are a few ideas for designing your own wine extravaganza.
Whether you are just interested in a fun day out with family and friends, or you are a serious connoisseur who wishes to restock your wine display, or cellar at home, Sydney's wineries offer an amazing variety and range of wines to choose from.
What type of Sydney Wine Tour do you desire? Will it be a romantic getaway for two in a Rolls Royce with 'Rolls on Tour' ? What about an indulgence in fine Gourmet foods with 'Fat Decanter Wine Tours'? Or if you want the full pilgrimage wine Tour, hire an executive Multivan Volkswagen T5 Executive and pend a few days, or even weeks enjoying the flavours and foods that Sydney Wineries have to offer.
Your choices are endless, with some of the more expensive tours starting in Sydney and moving to other parts of the country, such as 'Avalon Tour's: Harvest Season Tour' featuring Sydney wineries, the Hunter Valley wine region and the well known South Australian wines.
If money is not a problem and you enjoy sailing around the Sydney Harbour, we have the perfect Tour for you, just sit back and relax and take the 2 hour 'Wine and Canapés Dinner Cruise' aboard an authentic Sailing Ship starting at around $98 dollars.
Do you visualise yourself dinning at an award winning Southern Highlands Restaurant? 'Southern Crush Wine Tours' offer a delightful day trip that includes a three course gourmet lunch and comprehensive tour of four selected wineries with your own Guide and wine tasting kit.
Cheese lovers will find 'Southern Crush Wine Tours' caters for your tastebuds offering the full wine and cheese experience. With Tours departing from Sydney and the Southern Highlands every Wednesday through to Saturday and priced at $160 dollars per adult, you can expect a quality experience.
Highlights of the 'Southern Crush Wine Tours' includes the air-conditioned travel, visit to the historical town of Berrima, convenient pick up and drop off points and the Tours catering for small groups – note minimum numbers required. Gift vouchers are also available for the 'Southern Crush Wine Tours'.
Various other Tour operators offer day tours that are comprehensive and include travel and lunch. 'Hunter Valley Tours' start at around $130 dollars departing from Sydney and with one of the largest concentration of Wineries in Australia and you can be assured not to miss out on a seat on one of them.
Why not try the 'Hunter Valley with Gardens' Tour at around $190 per adult offers a tasting experience from some of the Hunter Valley's 7000 aches of vines, with tantalising cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, chardonnay and shiraz.
The 'Hunter Valley with Gardens' Tour begins by crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and driving towards the Hawkesbury River to visit the historic town of Wollombi and its Old Tavern for morning tea with Scones and Jam.
Continuing on, the 'Hunter Valley with Gardens' Tour passed through Cessnock and the Lower Hunter Valley to McWilliams Mount Pleasant Estate where a two course meal will be provided.
Lunch is followed by a private wine and cheese tasting tour at Lindemans on the 'Hunter Valley with Gardens', followed by a visit to the Hunter Valley Gardens, which cover over 25 hectares and have 12 uniquely themed gardens for visitors to wander through and enjoy.
A few special notes about the , full coverage footwear is required, optional and personal costs are not included in the tour price and meals and drinks not mentioned in the Tour description are at your own expense.
Budget Tours are available for those who want to offer a group of friends an affordable experience to enable all to attend, or to try the tasting experience, before moving on to something more extravagant.
If you are touring Australia, then why not begin in Sydney and then travel onto some other famous Australian wineries, such as the ones found in the Alpine Region of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.
In the budget category there is 'Taste the South: Winery Tours' to Margaret River, boasting a fun and informal tour, amongst the wineries of Margaret River, stunning scenery and delightful cuisine.
A personal favourite for a budget wineries Tour would have to be 'Groovy Grape Getaways' that includes all meals, national park fees and an all exclusive experience tasting wines and having a great time with no hidden costs.
With so many Wineries and Tours to choose from, only a few are listed here in this article, so if any caught your attention why not type the name of the tour into Google, Yahoo, Dogpile, or any other reliable search engine and find out more and make the first step to creating your own Wine Tour experience!