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Hunter Valley Small Group Wine, Gin and Cheese Tour from Sydney

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Hunter Valley Small Group Wine Gin Cheese and Chocolate Tour from Sydney

From $163.29

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 11 to 12 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Taste your way around the Hunter Valley on this day tour from Sydney. Soak up the scenery as you sample some of Australia's best wine, cheese, chocolate, and spirits during guided tastings at three wineries and a distillery. In addition to visiting local producers, you'll also enjoy a relaxed lunch with wine, craft beer, or cider in a scenic spot in the Valley.
  • Go Hunter Valley wine and spirit tasting without the worry of driving
  • Visit three Hunter Valley wineries and one gin and vodka distillery
  • Enjoy a relaxing lunch with scenic Hunter Valley views
  • Sample local cheese, chocolate, and more during tastings

What's Included

  • Pick up and drop off at central Sydney locations
  • Behind the scenes wine production tour of a local winery
  • Local Gin & Vodka Tasting
  • Knowledgeable, engaging and entertaining guides
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

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What To Expect

Hunter Valley

12 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Closed toe shoes required for production tour
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Georgina_O
Such a great tour, Patricia our guide was so lovely and informative, I would recommend this highly!!

Reviews

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Great guide
ShuHang_L, Apr 2024
Marco our guide was great. Even brought us to see some kangaroos within the vineyards. We had a blast. Wish some of the winetasting took place outdoors to take advantage of the good weather though
Hunter valley experience
Pauline_C, Apr 2024
The tasting's were great. Our driver Patricia did not appear to know the areas very well and seemed inexperienced in driving the van. especially in the city traffic. We were also late to the first stop. She also was rude to a couple passengers. I would recommend the trip, however, not with this driver.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hi Pauline, Thanks for taking the time to review. I'm glad to hear the tour itself was enjoyable. Patricia no longer works in our business and unfortunately we had to find out how she performed through these reviews. I'd like to apologise for the experience you had and we'd like to repair our reputation as best we can as the above review is not what we do. Please contact us at info@daves.com.au and we can go from there. Kind regards, Cat
Great way to spend extra time in SYD
Radley_W, Mar 2024
This tour was so fun. Our guide, Erin, was informative, friendly and kept us on schedule 😜. There were 11 people in our group, which was perfect. We had a great day sampling regional wines, cheese, chocolate and gin from the small, family run wineries in Hunter Valley. If you have a free day in Sydney, I highly recommend this trip.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thanks again, Radley! Erin will be chuffed to read your reviews. Cheers, Cat
Winery Tour
Clarice_F, Mar 2024
The wineries we visited were great. They were very friendly and knowledgeable. Our guide Ashley was wonderful as well. Great tour!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thanks for the 5 stars, Clarice! Cheers, Cat
Long day but action packed
David_B, Mar 2024
Brendan the tour guide?? unsure if this is right was a fantastic driver/guide. Gave some local knowledge and insight into the areas we visited. Met some first-class people with similar interests on the day. Long day but action packed. Visited a number of wineries, ate chocolate, sampled gin and had some cheese. Lunch was provided - rustic pizzas surrounded by great vistas of the valley under a pergola of vines
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hi David. Thanks for your review of Brendon (yes, he is a tour guide), he'll be chuffed to hear it! Cheers, Cat
Boutique wineries!
Diane_K, Mar 2024
Loved the boutique wineries and hearing the passion of the winemakers. The scenery was fantastic, the lunch spot was beautiful and had great pizzas! Erin was a wonderful guide We did not care a lot for the distillery portion as it didn’t have the boutique feel and didn’t discuss much about their process. Lots of flavored spirits, and a couple were pretty good.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hey Diane! Glad to hear you had a great day with Erin. Sorry to hear the gin and vodka weren't to your taste. Thanks for joining us! Cheers, Cat
Fun and good value for money
Margaux_C, Mar 2024
Very fun day and good value for money. Collin was a great guide with a fun personality making the trip more enjoyable. Would highly recommend.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thanks for taking the time to review! We've already passed this on and let Colin know he is a 5 star guide. Cheers, Cat
Perfect Day Trip from Sydney!
Drew_L, Mar 2024
What a spectacular day! The Dave for the day, Greg, was a phenomenal guide. He was funny, knowledgeable, and kept the group engaged. The day went Wine, Wine Lunch, Distillery, Wine - so much fun! The vineyards had great tastings, the distillery was very fun. The wine pairing with chocolate was not to be missed. Couldn't have asked for a better day!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hi Drew. Thanks for your rave review of Gregg, he'll be chuffed to hear it! Cheers, Cat
Wonderful Saturday in Hunter Valley with Colin
livesaymt, Mar 2024
Enjoyed the day with superlative and organized guide Colin! Our group of 19 included guests from New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, Japan, and the United States. We stopped first at Oakvale for a comprehensive range of tastings led by Aiden. Then, a lovely al fresco lunch at Bimgaden for wood-fire pizza, salad, and their citrus-forward 2023 Growers Semillon (their building looked like Robert Mondavi in Oakville, California). Then, the large group was split in half for a chocolate tasting at Hunter Wine Lab and a wine and cheese pairing at McCaffrey Estates with the affable Chris. Our final stop was at a unique shimmering gin and vodka offering at Small Mouth, which resulted in “polarizing” opinions but good fun nonetheless. Chris was accessible, accommodating, and even found some wild ‘roos for us to capture photos! We made it safely back to Sydney on time at 7pm as advertised, despite a bit of traffic. Well done, Dave’s Tour and Colin!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thanks for your rave review of Col, he'll be chuffed to hear it! Cheers, Cat
Great tour
Georgina_O, Mar 2024
Such a great tour, Patricia our guide was so lovely and informative, I would recommend this highly!!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thanks for the review, Georgina! We'll pass the love on to Patricia Cheers, Cat
Terrific tour
bail8297, Feb 2024
Our driver/guide Colin was excellent. The pickup and drop off was stress free and we thoroughly enjoyed the wineries and distillery. Lunch was an assortment of brick oven pizzas and salad, all of which were very good. We would definitely recommend this tour
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thanks for your rave review of Colin, he'll be chuffed to hear it! Cheers, Cat
Great day in Hunter Valley
Phillip_B, Jan 2024
Really enjoyed our visits to some excellent wineries. The tastings were fun and informative. We especially liked visiting the smaller vineyards and the pairings with lunch, cheese and chocolate. Highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thanks for the 5 stars, Phillip! Cheers, Cat
Great way to spend a summer day!
Julie_A, Jan 2024
I enjoyed the entire day! The wineries were beautiful, the wines were all very good and the winery hosts were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Lunch was so good and the wines served with lunch were exceptional. I loved the wine and cheese pairings, and the wine & chocolates were perfectly paired. The vodka, gin and liqueur distillery was a perfect way to end the day in AUSTRALIA’s wine country. I will definitely buy a few bottles of the vodka and the liqueurs at the duty free shops at the Sydney airport on my return flight to the States. Lastly, our tour guide was friendly, very knowledgeable and was a great driver! Thank you for a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thanks for the 5 stars, Julie! Cheers, Cat
We had an awesome day....
Rita_H, Jan 2024
We had an awesome day. The driver was very friendly and made us feel welcome. The selection of wineries was a great mixture of small to large
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thanks for the 5 stars, Rita! Cheers, Cat
Lots of great wine
pastorbraun, Jan 2024
Loved all the wineries but especially the chocolate and Wine pairing. Our hostess Erin was absolutely wonderful.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thanks for the review! We'll pass the love on to Erin Cheers, Cat
FANTASTIC
patrick_p, Jan 2024
Erin is absolutely FAB .From sourcing the BEST coffee before we even left to dropping us off close to our accommodation on return . We had such an enjoyable relaxing day in lovely company. All our questions were answered and there was NO feeling of being rushed . I would thoroughly recommend . Just sorry we didn't book rocks ( pub ) tour also but we ran out of days
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thanks for your rave review of Erin, she'll be chuffed to hear it! Cheers, Cat
Fabulous Experience
Angela_T, Jan 2024
Highly recommend this day trip and Mar o the driver was fabulously welcoming. Loved the locations we visited. Quality produce and Service. Thanks Dave’s Tours. From NZ
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thanks for the review, Angela! We'll pass the love on to Marco Cheers, Cat
Hunter Valley winery tours
Patricia_H, Dec 2023
This was a wonderful experience. I would have given it 5 stars if the driver/guide had talked about the scenery/Australia on the drive to the wineries. With that said, having a small group is the way to go. The wineries were fascinating as were the hosts. I would have preferred to skip the gin/vodka distillery and has another winery instead. Good experience for the money. I highly recommend it.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hi Patricia, Thank you for taking the time to review and I'm glad you enjoyed your tour overall. I believe you may have been booked on the day we utilised a contractor (due to one of our guides having COVID) which would explain the lack of commentary. I apologise for this as our guides will generally provide commentary about Australia and the local scenery on the drive up to the Hunter Valley. Regards, Cat
Enjoyable experience
Dawn_K, Dec 2023
Really enjoyed the small bus experience. Great choice of boutique wineries and interesting people very informative. Excellent pizzas at lunch in a beautiful place Dave (Colin) was great. It was a lovely day
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hey Dawn! Glad to hear you had a great day with Colin. Thanks for joining us! Cheers, Cat
The most disreputable tour we’ve ever experienced!
Richhrd_R, Nov 2023
This was the most disreputable tour we’ve ever experienced. There is no small in the Hunter Valley SMALL group tour. In fact, our tour had twenty six participants most of which were picked up in Sydney, the remainder were pick up in Hunter Valley. The trip from Sydney to the first winery took 3 hrs on a most uncomfortable, crowded bus. Their website stated maximum of 14 passengers while we actually had twice as many. As a result of our complaint and that of others they amended the number the number on their website to maximum of 28. Very di organized with so many they had to ferry time from one site to another. Strongly suggest you skip this one, there are other alternatives!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hi Richard, Thank you for taking the time to review and I'm sorry our tour was not up to scratch on this occasion. I acknowledge that you were expecting a much smaller group than what you were placed in. The reality is that it is much more economical to utilise larger buses during busy periods, so we have updated our tour listings to reflect this. I appreciate that you did not receive a good tour experience so please contact us at info@daves.com.au so we can turn your 1 star in to a 5 star experience. Regards, Cat
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