The Hunter Valley is the perfect place to enjoy award-winning wines, craft beers and gourmet food. No visit to the region would be complete without sampling what’s on offer – which is the main reason why so many people head here, year after year.
To help you make the most of your time at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, here are some of the best Hunter Valley wine tasting tours to enjoy.
1. Vineyard Shuttles Wine Tasting Tours
Operating in the Hunter Valley for more than 20 years, Vineyard Shuttles is the most popular wine tour company in the region. This family operated wine tour shuttle whisks you off to some of the finest vineyards, wine bars, cellar doors and tastings in the local area. Running seven days a week, relax in air-conditioned comfort as you make your way around your chosen wineries – or let us take you to some of the best-hidden gems and highlights instead.
For a more intimate and personalised day, the minibus excursions are a fantastic choice. Stop off at 3 – 4 wineries or vineyards and enjoy sampling award-winning wines and local produce with exclusive wine tastings. From half-day to full-day Hunter Valley wine tours, Vineyard Shuttles know their wine. Our friendly and helpful concierge at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley can arrange your tour for you, helping you make the most of your time here.
2. Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard Wine Masterclass
Make your way to the Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard and explore a variety of fun and exciting things to do. Take part in a wine tasting masterclass with an in-house wine expert, dig deeper into the history of winemaking and the vineyard at the on-site museum and dig into a gourmet picnic hamper to enjoy in the vineyard. As part of the masterclass, you’ll receive a bottle of wine, a gourmet hamper, wine tasting and a professional tour guide. However, transportation is not provided – so you will need to arrange a shuttle to drop off and collect (can be arranged by the concierge at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley).
Start your day with a self-guided tour of the museum, learning everything you need to know about the vineyard and the Hunter Valley’s long and illustrious history. Once you’ve brushed up on your history, you’ll take part in a masterclass with a premium wine tasting session. After your masterclass, collect your gourmet picnic hamper and head out onto 270 acres of glorious vineyards and countryside for an alfresco lunch. Then finish your day by stocking up on a few bottles of vino to take home. Located just a short 15-minute drive from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, it’s definitely one to check out.
3. Two Fat Blokes Wine Tasting Tours
Located less than a 20-minute drive from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Two Fat Blokes Wine Tasting Tours takes you on a gourmet food and wine tasting adventure full of local flavours and flare. Take to the lawn and enjoy a hearty breakfast under the sun, accompanied by live music or grab a lunchbox to take away with you from the on-site delicatessen.
Full-day and half-day tours are also available, delivering you to some of the Hunter Valley’s best-kept secrets for wine sampling and food tasting. There are both public and private tours available, with pre-booking helping you to avoid the crowds and make the most of your day. The tour guide will collect you from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, allowing you to take full advantage of the tastings without worrying about driving afterwards – then drop you off once the tour is complete.
4. Tintilla Estate Wine Tour
Located just a quick 15-minute drive from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Tintilla Estate is an amazing place to enjoy an eight wine sample session accompanied by a feast for the tastebuds. Sample the flavours of 8 award-winning wines, grown and produced at the estate while digging into boutique salami, seasonal condiments, home-baked bread, homemade terrine and tangy local cheeses. Other treats in store include estate produced jams, olive oils, relishes and sauces – made from the freshest estate-grown produce.
The tour takes place on an outdoor deck, providing beautiful views of the estate grounds and the countryside beyond. Guided by an experienced staff member, each wine is broken down into flavour notes and maturity, giving you a better understanding of what goes into each glass of vino. This tour is definitely a great way to spend an afternoon in the Hunter Valley sampling local wine and produce.
5. iHop Hunter Valley
iHop Hunter Valley, also known as the Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour, is a great way to explore the Hunter Valley and its wineries, vineyards and cellar doors. Stopping off at 14 different destinations and more than 40 attractions, you simply jump on and get off whenever you want – letting you create your own itinerary at your own pace. Running throughout the day, this flexible Hunter Valley tour takes you to places including the Hunter Valley Gardens, artisan food stores, shopping streets and more.
Complimentary storage and cooler boxes can be found onboard, helping keep your perishables fresh throughout the day. You’ll also have a designated driver who will be happy to help you plan an itinerary before you leave, letting you know when you’ve arrived at your chosen destinations. Start and disembark at any of the stops along the way for a genuinely customisable wine tasting tour that fits you – not the other way around.
6. Vista Lounge & Lovedale Bistro
Sometimes, the best places to sample local, award-winning wines and gourmet meals are the places closest to home. At Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, we have three unique bars and restaurants made for long, lazy days of wine tasting in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Kick start your day with a mouthwatering lunch at the Lovedale Bistro, with locally sourced ingredients and flavours as fresh as the day, waiting to fuel your adventures. With a wide variety of wines, beers, coffees and spirits, kick back and relax in the beer garden and soak up sweeping resort views.
Our signature restaurant, Redsalt, is where you can treat yourself to a fine dining extravaganza. Our a la carte and degustation menus are a real treat for the tastebuds, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with an extensive list of local and international wines. The Vista Lounge is the perfect place to relax after a long day of exploring so grab a seat by the open fire and get ready to enjoy award-winning wines, 36 varieties of whisky, handcrafted cocktails and craft beers.
The Best Hunter Valley Accommodation
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is the ultimate resort in the heart of the winemaking region. Featuring a championship 18-hole golf course, an outdoor water park, several swimming pools, restaurants and bars, a brewery and distillery with multiple accommodation options – everything you need for a fantastic stay awaits.
Choose between our Hunter Valley Villas, suites and rooms with modern and stylish facilities and amenities that cater for every type of guest. Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, we provide quick and easy access to the best wine tasting tours, cellar doors and artisan food stores around with our helpful and friendly concierge will help you make the most of every second with us.