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Escape to the Vineyards: The Best Wine Tours Outside Sydney

From iconic Semillons of the Hunter Valley to boutique wineries of the Southern Highlands, some of Australia’s best wineries are just a few hours drive outside of Sydney. Whether you’re a seasoned sommelier eager to swirl and swish unchartered drops, or you’re planning a wine tour for a memorable hen’s weekend, the 14 wine regions dotted across New South Wales are ready and waiting to be explored on these popular wine tasting tours.

MUDGEE

Travel just four hours north west of Sydney and you’ll arrive in magnificent Mudgee. An oasis for the palate, Mudgee delivers some of the best grapes, produce and gourmand delights New South Wales’s fertile soil is famous for. While Mudgee might not be as well-known as its counterparts, Mudgee can certainly speak for itself when it comes to complex reds, elegant whites and fine foods.

Mudgee Wine & Country Tours

Designed for small groups, Mudgee Wine & Country Tours are more than happy to personalise your tour depending on your needs and interests. If you’d like to pair your cellar door stopovers with a side of four-wheel driving, they also offer personalised 4WD and wine tasting tours for up to four people. Prices start from $50 per person for a half-day tour or $85 for a full-day tour.

Tour Mudgee Now and Then

If you’d like to include a bit of Mudgee history on your tour, Tour Mudgee Now and Then offer customised wine tours that include the history and architecture of the picturesque region. Catering up to 15 guests, these tours are completely customisable and can be tailored to your needs and interests. Whether you want to visit two or 10 wineries, they will plan an itinerary that suits.

Cloud9 Tours

HUNTER VALLEY

As Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley has been a gourmet food and wine destination for centuries. With exceptional grapes, boutique breweries, chic cellar doors, bountiful vineyards, and gastronomic restaurants on offer, a day tour of the Hunter Valley is a pleasure-seeking experience to say the least.  

 Cloud9 Tours

Vineyard hop from the comfort of a luxury vehicle with the help of an experienced and enthusiastic guide. Choose from their selection wine tours that range from beginner’s experiences to hen’s weekends and dedicated wine enthusiast excursions. Prices start from $79 per person and they will even pick you up and drop you off at select Sydney locations.

Gourmet Getaway Tour

If you’d like to pair your wine tasting with fresh foods from the region, explore three Hunter Valley wineries with the addition of an onboard chef who will whip up fresh and tasty dishes to complement the wines. The chef-led food and wine tasting tour is a full day outing that takes a maximum of 11 guests, and prices start from $180. 

My Ultimate Hens

For a fun and stylish way to celebrate your last few weeks as a single lady, you can’t go wrong with a hen’s weekend in the Hunter Valley. A full day of vineyard hopping, wine tasting, produce sampling and alfresco lunching from the comfort of a private mini bus is the perfect send-off for the bride-to-be. Prices start from $109 per person and offer pick up and drop off at your leisure. 


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SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS

If you’ve got a penchant for pinot noir or pinot gris, a Southern Highlands wine tour is calling your name. The exquisite and colourful region is home to over 60 cool-climate vineyards. Southern Highlands’ boutique cellar doors are always open and ready to impress the palates of even the most expert sommeliers.

Grape Escape

Wine tasting with a VIP edge. With four tours in their rotation, including their Grape Escape Tailored Tour, Wedding Venue Tour, and Clay Target Shooting Tour, the Grape Escape tailor each tour to suit your needs and include a private meeting where you’ll get to chat all things wine with the vineyard owners themselves. Tour prices start from $120 per person and include transportation.

Highlands Food & Wine Tours

Along with quintessential tours of picturesque vineyards and award-winning cellars, Highlands Food & Wine Tours go the extra mile with their wine, body and soul tours, wine and whisky tours, truffle tours, and pamper tours. It’s the pamper tour that has caught our attention with stopovers at boutique cellars and a visit to Endota Day Spa in Bowral. Standard wine tours start from $100 per person and include lunch and transportation.

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