Whether you’re into wine, beer or gin, you’ll find exciting tours and experiences in NSW. From helicopter rides to the vines, to craft beer exploration, discover the State’s exciting beverage producers and sample the best of NSW’s drinks.
As well as inviting visitors to taste wines at their cellar doors, many NSW wineries offer additional experiences, from picnics in the vines and food pairings to winery tours and masterclasses. Take a helicopter ride from Sydney to Swinging Bridge Wines in Orange, where you can try their delicious chardonnay and pinot noir.
Learn about the journey from vineyard to glass at Rowlee Wines on a Vine to Table Experience. After exploring the estate and improving your wine making knowledge, you’ll enjoy a three course tasting menu at nearby restaurant, Racine, paired with Rowlee wines.
In the Hunter Valley you can have a private tasting in a mystery vineyard location at Briar Ridge Vineyard. The experience includes a tasting of the winery’s exclusive single vineyard wines accompanied by a cheese & antipasto platter.
Make your own sparkling wine at Calais Estate Wines on a Bubbles Bonanza. You’ll learn how to make wines in the French traditional method as well as deciding how sweet or dry you would like your bubbles. The experience ends with a relaxing picnic accompanied by your hand crafted fizz.
Create your own wine at Brokenwood Wines. The Cricket Pitch Blending experience allows you the chance to combine different wine varietals to create your own bespoke wine, which is bottled for you to take home at the end of the session.
Meet the winemaking team at Audrey Wilkinson for a behind the scenes tour of the wine making process, which ends with a VIP tasting and cheese platter. At Tulloch Wines join a wine and chocolate tasting, and sample artisan chocolate expertly paired with Tulloch wines.
Join in the annual vintage grape stomp at Bago Maze and Winery on the North Coast. Now in its 22nd year, the event features live music and entry into the huge hedge maze, as well as the chance to juice some of this year’s grape crop.
In the Southern Highlands, enjoy a private tasting and winemaking tour at family-run Cuttaway Hill Wines. You’ll learn the art & science of handmade sparkling wines followed by a guided tasting in the cellar door overlooking their Exeter vineyard.
Brewery and distillery experiences
While the Hunter Valley is best known for its wine, it also has an impressive brewery offering. Join Dave’s Brewery Tours to sample some of the best in the region or take the Newcastle tour for three hours of craft beer discovery.
Tasting Plate Tours in Tweed and Byron Bay visit craft distilleries and breweries in the Northern Rivers. You’ll have the chance to sample Ink! Gin and Husk Rum at Husk Distillery, Brookies Gin at Cape Byron Distillery and craft beer at Stone and Wood.