There are overone hundred Hunter Valley wineries in New South Wales, Australia. Hunter Valley tours are many and varied, and a pleasant visit can be enjoyed in this beautiful wine country. What options are available, and how does one find and select them?
Why take a Hunter Valley wine tour?
Hunter Valley tourism is well developed and well organised.
Many visitors are attracted by the natural beauty of the area and its similarity to European wine growing districts.
Others wish to develop their expertise in food and wine appreciation. Food and wine
Tours can be for the benefit of the wine connoisseur, or for the beginner wishing to develop wine tasting skills.
The tradition of wine growing in Australia has matured alongside a tradition of fine eating featuring fresh locally grown produce. Beautiful and convenient location
The area is near the spectacular Blue Mountains, the beautiful Hawkesbury River and north of the Bilpin fruit growing region.
It is within reach of day tours from Sydney and also from the city (and airport) of Newcastle.
What kind of Hunter Valley wine tours are available?
Large group tours
Day tours incorporating walking close to the vineyards, visiting facilities, and lunch.
Some allow seeing behind the scenes of wine production, others teach learn about the subtleties of tasting. Activity tours
A mini-bus activity tour can be customised, taking in wine and cheese tasting day tours with as many as twenty different wine varieties to experience.
These may also offer visits to wildlife sanctuaries with iconic Australian creatures like kangaroos, koalas and kookaburras. Resorts and accommodation
Hunter Valley overnight accommodation is varied, from weekend cottages to guest houses, from wooden lodges to hotels, and is mainly centred on the resort town of Pokolbin.
Golf and spa resorts nearby extend the range of tour activities.
Finding the Hunter Valley wine tour that suits you
How to find the tours?
Hunter Valley wine tours are a very popular tourist attractions, and can be found quite easily.
Here are some ways to find them:
(1) Use an internet resource such as Wine-searcher.com, which offers information about and links to regional resources such as Hunter Valley wine growers' own websites.
(2) Mini-bus activity days can be arranged through sites such as Activitytours.com.au.
(3) For bus tours, contact one of Australia's premier companies through their internet resources, such as Grayline.com.au or Aatkings.com.au.
(4) If staying overnight or for a weekend, find the local office of a nationwide travel agent such as Flight Centre, or try Travelonline.com's specialist website, Huntervalley.com.au. Final word
Whether you experience the tour in a large group, as an independent traveller, or as a family excursion, you will find a tour that suits you.