Cyber Sipping: Enjoy Wine Tasting Without Leaving Home

Wineries around NSW are steering their cellar doors online. With the need for social distancing, virtual tastings are popping up so wine lovers around the country can order sampling kits and learn about their favourite tipple at home.

Printhie Wines, Orange

Brothers Ed and Dave Swift are showcasing their delicious cool climate wines in virtual tasting sessions on Facebook and Instagram each week. A schedule of wines they are going to taste is loaded onto their social channels, so you can order the wine in advance and interact with them in real time. Order your Printhie Virtual Wine Pack now and watch the boys live streaming their wine expertise every Friday at 4pm.

Ben Ean Winery, Hunter Valley

The folks at Ben Ean in Pokolbin are now offering virtual wine tastings on Skype. Their operations manager, Joe Spagnolo, says the digital concept came out of a brainstorming session with the team, on how to keep their winery alive through the current situation. Order wine online and you’ll be able to Skype with Ben Ean cellar door staff to take you through it.

Brokenwood, Hunter Valley

Established in 1970, Brokenwood Wines is one of Australia’s most reputable premium wine labels. Key offerings include the famous Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, ILR Reserve Semillon and Cricket Pitch Range. The iconic winery offers virtual tastings with winemakers Stuart Horden and Kate Sturgess, every Wednesday at 6pm on Instagram.

Tractorless Vineyard, Southern Highlands

Jeff Aston of Tractorless Vineyard says the best thing about wine is how it brings people together. That’s why he’s creating virtual wine tastings. Order the tasting package of 50ml samples of 10 wines. “It’s the ideal size for two people to try each wine,” says Jeff. Watch the tasting guide on YouTube or join one of Jeff’s fun tasting sessions on Facebook Live.

M&J Becker Wines, Hunter Valley

Get to know winemaker couple Meagan and James at M&J Becker Wines with their regular live tasting sessions on Instagram. Learn all about the character of their popular wines and ask questions. Their new cellar door is located on the Roche Estate, and while it’s closed currently, you can still order wine to join in the online tastings.

Handpicked Wines, Sydney

This urban cellar door stocks wines from Handpicked’s six vineyards all over the country. The new virtual tutored tastings are held daily at 5pm on weekdays and 2pm on weekends. Order your pack of three wines delivered to your door then settle in for a Zoom tutorial. If you’re feeling peckish, there’s also a large selection of cheese and charcuterie to match.

Wyflo Virtual Tastings

This Sydney-based business brings cellar door experiences into people’s homes. They host special virtual events on Zoom and have an online shop of tasting kits from boutique wineries such as Rosnay Organic Vineyard, Canowindra. Choose your winery, order a tasting kit then follow the tasting notes as you sip through the selection.

Wineries Delivering in NSW

If you’re happy to run your own tasting, these wineries are still doing deliveries across the state. Why not download our Zoom video background of NSW wine regions to set the scene and raise a glass with your friends online?

 

Lowe Wines, Mudgee

If you are a Mudgee local, you can order comfort food from the Zin House Restaurant’s new home menu through the Lowe Wines website. Select the classic Lowe grazing platter boxed up or organic curries with rice. Live further afield? Buy their exceptional wine online with everything from Lowe Block 8 Shiraz to 2019 White Gold Chardonnay.

Contentious Character, Wamboin

A sense of fun prevails at this single vineyard winery with witty wine labels and fresh, inventive blends built on the original Lambert estate’s award-winning reputation. Buy a swag of cool climate wines such as It Takes Time to Reach Your Prime Merlot or choose Sip Sip Hooray sparkling for your next iso celebration. They deliver all over Australia.

Two Figs, Shoalhaven

This family-owned winery perched on a hill in the beautiful coastal wine region of the Shoalhaven is offering free shipping on all purchases of six bottles. Their delicious dry rose is their most popular wine at their cellar door.

Silos Estate, Berry

While the magnificent Silos Estate is not currently hosting tasting groups, they are open for retail sales and online orders of wine. If you’re a local you can pick it up, or have it delivered to your door across NSW, Victoria and the ACT.

Bago Winery, Port Macquarie

Bago Maze and Winery is known for its incredible native lilly pilly hedge. While you can’t wander the magical maze at the moment, explore the Bago shop online and order varietals such as chambourcin, verdelho, sauvignon or their unique shimmering blueberry rose.

Peppergreen Estate, Southern Highlands

This cool climate winery sells a selection of their premium wines including pinot noir, shiraz, sparkling and the favourite Berrima Blush Rose, with complimentary shipping on orders over $50. You can also add some extra luxuries to your order, like extra virgin olive oil from their own olive grove and linen-wrapped, handmade French-style soap.