As home to the first vines planted in Australia, Hunter Valley is regarded as the birthplace of the country’s wine industry and remains an influential region – despite being located in New South Wales, hundreds of miles away from the more renowned vineyards of South Australia.
Considered by many as Australia’s wine godfather’, James Busby brought over some European cuttings in the 1830s that have eventually led to around 150 wineries taking their place among the rolling green hills of the region – many of which can be explored as part of Hunter Valley wine tours.
At Wine Paths, our local expert can organise exclusive wine tours in Hunter Valley, which can include elaborate tastings, luxury accommodation, fine dining experiences and some unique activities.
All of our private Hunter Valley wine tours can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements, ensuring every detail is taken care of so that you can relax and enjoy some of Australia’s finest wines. While Riesling may be regarded as Australia’s best value white wine, wine tours in the Hunter Valley will introduce you to the region’s signature Semillon which takes its place at the head of the international winemaking table. This crisp, dry white wine is refreshing with overtly citrus tones when young, but transforms into a gloriously rich style with flavours of honey and butter after being aged – sometimes for more than 15 years. And, for a different experience, many of the wineries that can be visited during Hunter Valley wine tours are producing a sweeter, off-dry Semillion alternative that is gloriously quaffable.
Aside from Semillon, Australia’s ubiquitous Shiraz (known elsewhere as Syrah), award-winning Chardonnay and more prosaic Verdhelo are the main varieties that you will discover while taking any of the typical wine tours Hunter Valley has to offer.
After a scenic return flight, another vertical tasting awaits you before an opportunity to stroll through the vineyards and enjoy spectacular views for a Hunter Valley wine tour that will be difficult to forget – no matter how many vintages you taste! If time is of the essence, the region’s close proximity to Sydney, which can be reached during a scenic three-hour car journey, and the town of Newcastle means that Hunter Valley half-day wine tours have become an increasingly popular way of escaping the city for an afternoon. Another attraction that can be incorporated into Hunter Valley wine tours is the region’s annual wine show, which was established in 1848 and has been running since 1974 – drawing the highest calibre Australian and international judges to the August event, with awards that are internationally recognised.
If you are interested in the best Hunter Valley wine tours, visit our Australia destination page for more information and inspirational ideas before planning a bespoke trip.
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