If you’re a bit of a wine aficionado and going on a Hunter Valley wine tour is high up on your bucket list, we have just the destination for you. After many months of enforced lockdown and distancing measure, chances are, you’ve been craving – or thirsting – for an authentic wine-tasting experience but have found it impossible to actually do. The good news is, safety protocols are now in place and travel is back on the agenda. Because of this, many establishments including cellar doors, restaurants, breweries and distilleries, are once again beginning to resume operations.
When it comes to home-grown vino, there really is nowhere better to enjoy wine tours than in the Hunter Valley – also known as Australia’s Wine Country. Home of the world-famous Semillon and Shiraz and dozens of other excellent wine varieties, the Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine-producing region with over 150 wineries and vineyards set across its panoramic, sweeping landscapes.
To help you make the most of your stay at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, here are some of the best wineries, cellar doors and tours that you can visit in the local region, whether you’re here for a weekend getaway or a long family vacation.
If you want to explore the best Hunter Valley cellar doors and vineyards at your own pace and enjoy a glass or three without the worry of driving, why not book yourself onto a Hunter Valley Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour?
As part of this tour, you can hop on and hop off at over 30 designated stops, each of which provides access to more than 60 wineries, including those located in the Lovedale and Pokolbin wine trails. And the best part is, you can create your itinerary and pick only the venues you want to visit.
Purchasing a Full-Day Pass (Adult – $65; Child – $25) gives you unlimited access to any stop on the timetable, plus complimentary accommodation transfers to and from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. You can also opt for the Express Pass (Adult – $39; Child – $18), which includes visits to any two single stops and a return trip to your boarding point for a half-day wine tour experience.
Brewery Tour at Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley
Not a fan of full-day winery tours? Or perhaps the thought of jumping on and off a bus seems a little too much like hard work? Try the Brewery Tour at Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley. For $20 per head, you will be taken to a 15-minute tour at the brewery where brewmasters will show you how different types of beers, including the Lovedale Lager and Sydney Cider, are created.
The tour price also includes a paddle of four beers or ciders, which you can enjoy in the Lovedale Bar next door after the tour. Better yet, you don’t even need to leave the resort to sample the finest wines, beers and ciders around. Located inside Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, go from dining to wining in just a few minutes without having to schedule transport to shuttle you around.
Taste the Valley Wine Tour by Hunter Valley Carriages
Fancy experiencing something a little bit romantic and old-world? Why not take a horse-drawn carriage ride, sit back and listen to the clip-clop of hooves as you enjoy the magnificent view of vineyards and farmlands in Hunter Valley. The Taste the Valley Wine Tour starts at 10:30 am and finishes at 4:00 pm daily. Enjoy an entire day of exploring cellar doors, tasting wine pairings of olive, cheese and chocolate and stopping by specialty shops for stocking up on souvenirs.
The price of a full-day tour with lunch is $125 per adult and $60 per child. The lunch stop is usually held at the Blaxland Inn Restaurant, subject to availability of the venue. Half-day tours with and without lunch are also available. If you’re looking for a more personal experience, you can also secure a private tour which gives you a more intimate look at some of the region’s best secret cellar doors, vineyards and bars.
Uncork the Hunter by Two Fat Blokes
Two Fat Blokes promises a unique experience when you book their Uncork the Hunter wine tour. The comprehensive tour incorporates a range of mystery experiences, crafted in collaboration with Hunter Valley’s best wineries.
In addition to the mystery experience, the itinerary is packed with activities, from visits to multiple wineries to VIP cellar door tastings, and a chocolate and wine pairing experience to a cheese and wine masterclass.
If you want to see the local kangaroos, just ask your tour guide and he will take you to the best locations to spot them. The tour finishes with a brewery tour and beer tasting at the Hunter Valley Beer Co.
Each tour runs for a full day, accommodating up to 14 guests. The cost of the tour is $189 per person and includes pick up and drop off to your accommodation at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Private and large group tours can also be arranged by special request.
Wine Tasting Tours in the Hunter Valley
Not comfortable touring in a large group and prefer something more tailored to your own unique style and standards? Booking a private charter at Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tours allows you to enjoy a more intimate wine tasting tour.
They operate local tours within the Valley and arrange tours from Sydney going to Hunter Valley – ideal if you’re heading to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and want to leave the car at home.
Pick up typically begins at 9:30 am and the tour vehicle will take you to different wineries, from smaller, family-owned boutique wineries to larger vineyards with famous labels. You will also visit other well-known attractions such as golf courses, villages and cheese and chocolate shops. Enjoy a liquid lunch Matilda Bay Brewhouse, where you can enjoy a beer-tasting experience (at your own expense).
A 30-minute stroll around the Hunter Valley Gardens village may also be included in the itinerary if there is available time. Once the tour is finished, you will be taken back to your accommodation in the Hunter Valley at 4:30 pm, or at 6:30 pm if you’re returning to Sydney. Price per head starts at $110 – but may change depending on your pickup and drop off points.
Wine Tours by All Around the Vines
All Around the Vines Wine Tours will whisk you off on a scenic ride around the Hunter Valley’s best-loved vineyards aboard an air-conditioned tour bus. Two winery visits are scheduled in the morning and another two after you take your lunch at Potter’s Brewery. After the wine tasting tour, your final stop is at locally renowned cheesemakers and chocolatiers.
The price of a full-day wine tour starts at $55, including pickup and drop-off at your Hunter Valley accommodation. They also offer golf tours for those looking to tee off. But with an 18-hole championship golf course on-site at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, you’ll probably find the wine tour more than enough.
No matter the season, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is the ideal destination if you’re a lover of fine wine, gourmet cuisine, rich history and local culture. Brimming with options ideal for every type of traveller, indulge yourself with an amazing stay at the Hunter Valley’s premier resort. From villas with private courtyards to luxurious and modern hotel rooms, a comfortable stay is guaranteed.
Want to visit for wine but short on time? Make the most of our award-winning restaurants and bars, relax with indulgent spa treatments and let the kids enjoy our Kids Club and Playzone – all while you kick back on your private balcony with a glass of Hunter Valley vino and a good book. Now that’s what we call a getaway.