Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour from Sydney

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 11 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Sample lots of great wine, cheese and other gourmet treats on a full-day tour to the Hunter Valley. Known for its great growing climate and fine wines, the Hunter Valley also boasts fantastic food producers who make the most of the fresh local ingredients. Your guide takes your small group to boutique wineries and cheese producers to sample the goods. Learn more about the winemakers and foodies who have given the Hunter Valley a reputation for excellence. Its worth the trip from Sydney!
  • Taste 20 different varieties of wine and sample cheese from a local cheese shop
  • Meet local wine lovers to discuss what makes the region and it's wines so unique
  • Wines available for purchase by the bottle directly from the cellar door
  • Cafe lunch with hot and cold options available

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide
  • Wine tasting
  • Cheese tasting
  • Cafe lunch with hot and cold options
  • Pickup and drop off from designated meeting points or contact the operator to request a hotel pick up (many central hotels)
  • not applicable

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

08:00 am

Pickup details

*** PICK UP TIMES WILL BE BETWEEN 7AM AND 7:50AM *** Please contact Activity Tours to confirm or change your pick up time and location which may be up to 50 minutes before the listed tour departure time. Please arrive on time or early to your CONFIRMED pickup location since we do not go to all locations every day unless there is a confirmed pickup. Your voucher may not show your confirmed pick up if you have asked for a change after booking. 7:00am - Holiday Inn Potts Point - 203 Victoria St 7:15am - Mercure Central 818-820 George St, Little Regent St Entrance 7:20am - Rydges World Square, 389 Pitt St 7:30am - Novotel Darling Harbour, 100 Murray St 7:35am - Grace Hotel, 77 York St 7:50am - Radisson Blu Plaza, 27 O Connell St

What To Expect

Meet your small-group tour in central Sydney then get comfortable on your air-conditioned coach for the two-hour scenic drive to the Hunter Valley. Your guide points out the sights and explains their history as you travel through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and over the Hawkesbury River.

When you arrive in the valley, your guide takes you to some of the favorite small producers in the region. Go wine tasting at celebrated wineries such as Iron Gate Estate, Tempus Two Wines and McGuigan Wines.

During your visit, you’ll taste as many as 20 different wines, including the Hunter Valley’s famous semillon and shiraz varieties. If you’d like to bring some home, you can purchase bottles from the wineries.

In addition to the wine, food has become a star of the Hunter Valley. Your tour includes a stop at an artisan cheese shop to sample a variety of delicious cheeses. For lunch, a delicious cafe lunch is included with hot and cold options available. 

Return to Sydney in the evening after a wonderful day in the Hunter Valley.

Sydney Harbour Bridge (Pass By)

Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge as you leave the city behind and head north to Australia's oldest wine making region.

Hunter Valley

Enjoy a selection of wines from local Hunter Valley cellar doors. We typically visit three wineries, giving us the time and space to enjoy each glass without being rushed.

5 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Pick-ups are from designated meeting points. Some additional central hotel pick-up may be possible by request
  • Small-group tour with a maximum 20 participants
  • Must be 18 years or older to taste wines
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

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 travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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211 reviews
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Worth it
Purva_J, Mar 2023
It was a great trip, pick up was well on time. Our tour guide was amazing, very informative.He went out of the way to drop us at out hotel. Highly recommend.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for your lovely feedback and recommendation for your Hunter Valley wine and cheese tasting tour. We're so glad that you had a great day and that your guide was able to deliver a relaxed and enjoyable experience with all of the visits packed in througout the day.
5 hours of driving not worth 3 wineries
Eric_S, Mar 2023
Great 1st winery - saddler’s creek and the country club lunch. Jeff the driver was nice and stopping to see wild kangaroos was interesting.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for your feedback. We also appreciate you highlighting the distance from Sydney to the Hunter Valley - it takes 2-2.5 hours driving in each direction. There is very picturesque scenery along the way but it can seem like a long way sometimes. We visit smaller boutique wineries, whose wines are only available at the cellar doors in the Hunter Valley, so it is a unqiue experience once you are in the Hunter Valley itself. We are very glad that Jeff was able to provide some bonus highlights with the Kangaroos, and that you enjoyed Saddlers Creek and lunch at Cypress Lakes resort so much.
Fun wine tour
Leigh_B, Mar 2023
Fun time, good group of people. Jim was very knowledgeable, the people at the wineries were very nice,
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We're really pleased that you had a great day out with Jim in the Hunter Valley.
Unhappy in Sydney
Kathy_V, Mar 2023
This tour was cancelled late the night before it was to happen due to illness by the tour operator. They were willing to reschedule for a later date, however, we were leaving the next day. We had planned this tour way in advance and at the last minute, there were NO tours available to anything, so it ruined our stay in Sydney. I understand things can happen, but it left us without a tour to any major attraction. We could have gone home early and saved $300 on a hotel stay. Over the course of 2 weeks, Viator tour operators canceled 3 out of 4 of our tours that we planned. It left us with a bad feeling about Australia and New Zealand tours. I will have to say that the communication between the operator and us was great, just very disappointing.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hello Kathy, We are deeply sorry that we were unable to take you to enjoy the Hunter Valley as planned. Unfortunately our guide was taken ill last minute, and since COVID we have on occasions not been able to call in a reserve guide at the very last minute. Unusually, there were also no spaces available with other operators to suggest because of the major events in Sydney in the last few weeks. Thankfully this situation is quite rare. Thank you for acknowledging our efforts to communicate with you and to offer alternate dates, but we understand that this was not practical for you on this visit. We really hope that you are able to travel to Sydney again in future and we would love to see you on tour if you do. best regards Brad
Amazing time in the Hunter Valley
Jacob_S, Mar 2023
We had an amazing time. This was a great value for the money. We went to 3 wineries, had lunch and a cheese tasting. Andrew, our driver was great to have along and made our time enjoyable
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thanks for your feedback on the Hunter Valley wine tasting tour. We're very pleased that you enjoyed your day with Andrew, and the wineries, cheese tasting and lunch. We hope to see you again!
Excellent Wine Experience
lesley_s, Mar 2023
Seeing some of rural Australia and getting to taste some fantastic wines. Chris our tour guide was great, he was very chatty and friendly.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We're very happy that you had a great time in the Hunter Valley with Chris. He loves to spend time with guests showing them around Sydney and sharing his knowledge of the area. Cheers!
Jim was a wonderful...
Jennifer_R, Mar 2023
Jim was a wonderful host/driver. He made the trip super fun and we left very informed. The first winery was our favorite “Saddlers” but all three were fabulous and the scenery was beautiful!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We could not agree more - yes, Jim is wonderful! We also love the tatsing experience provdied at Saddler's Creek and the other wineries, as well as the cheese tasting in the Hunter Valley. Cheers!
Great day trip from Sydney with a great driver!
Jessica_G, Feb 2023
Jim was an amazing tour guide! Very informative and made the time a lot of fun. Would definitely recommend!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Jim will be very pleased that you enjoyed your time with him in the Hunter Valley. He is an awesome tour guide and strives to give everyone the sort of enjoyable and informative experience that you had. Thanks!
A Day of WINE and FUN!
Kenneth_C, Feb 2023
Jeff, our tour guide was EXCELLENT. The Hunter Valley Wine Tour is something I do every time I am in Sydney and this was my tenth time. This particular one was EXCELLENT, due to Jeff AND the varied WINERIES we went to on this tour. As well, our group of 14 on the bus were FUN and all got along VERy WELL! After the first wine stop, Iw oddly say we bonded and LAUGHED the rest of the day!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We're really pleased that you had such an enjoyable day out with Jeff and the rest of your small group in the Hunter Valley. Your experience is what we strive for every time!
Three Wineries
Glenn_H, Feb 2023
The wine was great. It is amazing that such great wine doesn't make it out of the local area. Each winery explained the tasting process and what to look for. The addition of the cheese tasting gave it an extra spin that was unexpected. The guide was a wealth of knowledge, both on the area, and Australian culture.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We're really pleased that you enjoyed the whole day tasting experience in the Hunter Valley. We focus on the smaller boutique wineries, and as you say, many of their wines are not available for sale anywhere outside of their own cellar doors - but are fantastic! The cheese tasting at the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory is a real local treat too!
Two Thumbs Up for Tony
Judi, Feb 2023
Tony was a great tour guide, providing historical background as he drove us to Hunter Valley. The wineries poured us a number of different wines specific to the region. Lunch at Crystal Lakes golf course was delicious. We were even able to see a number of kangaroo mobs during our travels. I highly recommend this trip and Tony!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for your great feedback and recommendation of the Hunter Valley tour. Tony has a lot of experience and really knows how to make sure that everyone has an enjoyable day. Cheers!
Good wines and good times
Sally_M, Feb 2023
It was a great group of people. Three wonderful wineries, a great lunch, and a lovely cheese tasting. The trip from Sydney was long, but the guide kept it interesting by sharing facts about the region and suggestions of things to do.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
You could do our marketing - I love that slogan! Thank you for the wonderful feedback and we're very pleased that you enjoyed your day in the Hunter Valley with your small group of fellow wine tasters.
Trip to remember
Donna_D, Feb 2023
Jim the guide he was a great guy and very knowledgable . The whole experience was exceptional . Wine cheese what more can we ask for. Even saw kangaroo
Response from Host, Feb 2023
We love Jim too and he loves showing guests around the Sydney area, including to the Hunter Valley for wine and cheese tasting. Its awesome that he spotted some Kangaroos during the day too!
Audrey_M, Jan 2023
McLeish winery - very informative guide there. Enjoyed other locations too. Good option to have cheese as well as wine tasting.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thank you for your positive comments. We try to provide a rounded tasting experience with the smaller boutique wineries and the local Hunter Valley cheese tasting and are very glad that you enjoyed it.
Nice but very rushed
Niamh_M, Jan 2023
We were due to be picked up at 7.40am from a hotel in the city but the bus was running late so didn’t get to us until about 8.10am. Whilst we were kept informed of the delay, it meant that we only had 5mins to take a toilet break and stretch our legs on the journey and at that point onwards, the whole day felt rushed. The wineries were nice and the hosts there were friendly and informative, as was our tour guide, but we were moved on from one place to the next without having any time to enjoy ourselves and relax or buy a glass of wine. There had been an accident on the route home so our tour guide wanted to leave as soon as he heard. Of course we don’t want to be stuck in traffic either but it was another thing to add to the feeling of our whole day being rushed. The group we were with were great and we really enjoyed speaking to people from all over the world but wouldn’t recommend the tour to someone else.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for your honest feedback. We really appreciate the opportunity to continuously improve the tour experience. Unfortunately your day was impacted by a couple of incidents, with the late arrival of some passengers in the pickups prior to yours, and the accident on the highway which could have caused very long delays on the way back to Sydney. We endeavour to include a number of visits during the day, and the locations are selected to reduce the travel time between spots and allow the most relaxed tastings possible. It seems that your tour was unusually squeezed from both ends which meant that you guide had to keep things moving during the day so that you still visited all of the planned locations. We apologise that this made the experience seem rushed, because this is exactly what we aim to avoid, and do on most tours. We are very pleased that you enjoyed the choice of wineries and informative hosts. We would love to have the opportunity to take you to the Hunter Valley again some time. Yours sincerely Brad
Great tour if you drink wine
Amy_L, Dec 2022
Jeff was a fun tour guide. I travelled alone but it was still fun to taste wine and talk to other travellers. The wineries were great. I wish the cheese tasting was paired with wine, but having it separate did help to wash out the tipsy-ness.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your Hunter Valley tour, and we're very pleased that you made some friends on the day. The formal cheese tasting does help to spread out the tasting experience and learn how the local cheeses are made.
Excellent Experience
Carsten_V, Dec 2022
It was an excellent tour. Visited three wineries and a cheese co. All had their individual character. Tasted a wide range of different wines. Steve, our guide gave us an emphatic welcome. He had a great sense of humour and it was fun to listen to his interesting accounts of Hunter Valley and Australia in general.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for the lovey feedback. Steve will be very pleased that you enjoyed your time in the Hunter Valley and the variety of wines and local cheese that you tasted. Cheers!
Great experience
Maria_C, Oct 2022
This is the first time our family joined a wine tasting activity and it has exceeded our expectations. We had a great variety of wine and got generous servings from all of the wineries we have been. My ultimate favorite was the wine and chocolate pairing. Our guide was informative and fun which added to our enjoymenf of our tour.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for your fantastic feedback on the tour and your guide. We are really pleased that you were able to appreciate the variety of wines to taste and pair it with some delicious treats!
Great trip with Jeff
Bob_D, Oct 2022
Very well organized. Jeff was a great tour guide and took us to some great wineries as well as a cheese tasting and chocolate pairing. To be honest lunch became a bit of a struggle!! But I would highly recommend this tour for both an excellent experience.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for your feedback and we're very glad that Jeff was able to help you enjoy your day in the Hunter Valley, with all of the wine and cheese tasting!
A memorable trip
Moira_M, Oct 2022
Excellent guide who was both knowledgeable and organised. Great mixture of beautiful scenery, wine, cheese and chocolate tasting including an excellent lunch. We enjoyed going on a smaller tour.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
You have summed up the tour beautifully - we are extremely pleased to be able to deliver on such a great day out for you and your small group.