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Touring the vineyards


Less than two hours drive north of Sydney is one of Australia's best-known wine-growing terroirs, the Hunter Valley. Recognised for its rich agricultural land after European settlement, the area became the focus of an emerging wine industry in the 1820s. Now home to more than 150 wineries, the Hunter Valley draws visitors from around Australia and the world.

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Hunter Valley Wine Tours

Hunter Valley tours are far-reaching and diverse. Whatever your taste or preference, it is likely that you will find a tour to suit your needs. Taking a tour is an excellent way to experience everything that is on offer, while learning more about the area.

Tours of wineries can be booked direct with the cellar door or with an organised tour. Arranging a tour directly with the winery means that you will usually have to find your own way there, but it does offer the freedom of choosing where you want to visit. Alternatively, you could book a wineries tour through an organised group tour, which will provide transport to a range of wineries and often provide more details during the trip from winery to winery. 

There are numerous tours throughout the Hunter Valley region, all offering a unique experience & perspective. From boutique to group bookings, horseback to classic cars, each tour offers its own insight into this very special region.

Tour guides run regular trips from Sydney and will also pick you up from accommodation across the valley. Sydney tours primarily cover the Pokolbin and areas of the Lower Hunter Valley. However, pre-arranged tours will happily take in the Upper Hunter Valley region to include Singleton and Patterson.

Although last minute bookings can be made, tour bookings are usually made in advance of the day so make sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

Cellar Door

Hunter Valley Wine Cellar

Whether you want to take an official Hunter Valley wine tour, or just find your own way around, there is something to suit almost everyone in the Hunter Valley. Many wineries operate a cellar door policy, which allows visitors to simply turn up and sample their wines. For those people who prefer the freedom of doing their own thing, this is a great option.

View of Giro near Thunderbolts Way, Hunter. Hamilton Lund; Destination NSW