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5 Star Ratings On Trip Advisor and Facebook

Hunter Valley Gourmet Explorer Wine Tour

Small, Flexible … Delicious!

ATAP- Accredited Tourism Business Australia

Hunter Valley Gourmet Explorer Wine Tour

Small, Flexible … Delicious!

5 Star Ratings On Trip Advisor and Facebook
ATAP- Accredited Tourism Business Australia

If you thought that a small group tour in a luxury bus with flexibility, personalised service from the cellar doors, cheese, chocolate and wine using exclusive locally made products, where you can tour with the owner of the business, was only for expensive tours…. then think again!

If you can tour with us on a Sunday you are in for a real treat as you take advantage of our Gourmet Explorer Tour.

Looking for Saturday Tour options instead?

Hunter Valley Wine Tours

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Check out our Group Food and Wine Adventure Tour

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Have a group of 10 -24 guests?

Check out our Private Hunter Valley Wine Tours

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Gourmet Explorer – Full Day Tour

Available: Sundays

Pickups: Between approx. 8.00am-9.45am from accommodation venues in:

Pokolbin, Lovedale, Rothbury, Nulkaba, Cessnock and surrounds, Broke, Quorrobolong, Wollombi, Branxton and surrounds, Singleton, Maitland and Newcastle

Returns and drop offs: Approx. 4.30pm-5.30pm (can be as late as 6.30pm for areas such as Wollombi or Newcastle)

Tour Highlights:

– Visit 3 cellar doors for private tastings and presentations 

We will contact you via email after we receive your booking to work with you to design the venues for your custom tour or contact us at tastesofthehunterwinetours[at]gmail.com or call Suzanne on 0403 001154 to discuss venues prior to booking

– Flexible lunch Options include Harrigan’s Irish pub, Matilda Bay Brewhouse, Cafes, a Tapas restaurant, or 2 course lunches  – where we visit is decided by you! (own expense with options ranging from $25 to $49 for 2 courses with a glass of wine at each venue)

– Visit the Smelly Cheese Shop and Pokolbin Chocolate Company shop (chocolate tasting)

-Finish off with a scrumptious dessert at Sabor Dessert bar (own expense) or visit the Hunter Distillery to taste flavoured vodkas and schnapps (both options are available on the day – you have the flexibility to choose!)

Inclusions:  Door to door return transport to your accommodation in the Hunter Valley (suburbs listed above), Maitland, Singleton or Newcastle with complimentary chilled bottled water aboard the bus.

Price: $650 for a private charter booking for up to 13 passengers

$830 for a private charter booking for up to 20 passengers 

 “Suzanne was an excellent host, taking us to a number of boutique wineries, cheese, chocolate, distillery, as well as a great lunch. The bus was clean and comfortable with fun tunes, and Suzanne even assisted a few in our group to get back to their car for a planned early departure to Sydney. I’d recommend Suzanne’s tour to anyone, she obviously cares deeply about the service she provides and shows an excellent attention to detail.” – Peta W

Gourmet Explorer – Half Day Afternoon Tour

Available: Sundays

Pickups: Between approx. 11.00am-12noon from accommodation venues in:

Pokolbin, Lovedale, Rothbury, Nulkaba and Cessnock only

Returns and drop offs: Approx. 4.30pm-5.30pm

Tour Highlights:

Visit 3 cellar doors for group tastings and presentations OR visit 2 cellar doors for group tastings and presentations and a tasting and presentation at the Hunter Distillery 

We will contact you via email after we receive your booking to work with you to design the venues for your custom tour or contact us at tastesofthehunterwinetours[at]gmail.com or call Suzanne on 0403 001154 to discuss venues prior to booking

– Visit the Smelly Cheese Shop and Pokolbin Chocolate Company shop (chocolate tasting)

Inclusions:  Door to door return transport to your accommodation in the Hunter Valley (suburbs listed above) with complimentary chilled bottled water aboard the bus.

Price: $550 for a private charter booking for up to 13 passengers

$650 for a private charter booking for up to 20 passengers

 

When we say “Luxury Tour Bus” we mean it!

All of our Gourmet Explorer Tours are conducted in our flagship buses …

Our 13 seat Toyota Commuter bus has a DVD player (with 8 hours of music video hits from the last decade for you to enjoy), sound system, ducted air conditioning throughout, a mini-fridge with complimentary chilled bottled water and Apple and Android phone charging ports.

You can even connect your mobile phone to the sound system on the bus via Bluetooth and control your own music wirelessly from anywhere within the bus!

For those who need something a little bigger…

Our 20 seat Toyota Coaster bus has ergonomically designed leather coach seats throughout, a larger fridge, DVD player (also with music video hits from the last decade), a pumping 8 speaker sound system, Apple and Android charging ports and retractable electric steps (perfect for easily getting in and out of the bus in heels!)

Hunter Valley Gourmet Explorer Wine Tour Booking Options:

Have some questions about our Gourmet Explorer Tours?

Would you like us to send you some more information about the venues and customisable options before you book?

Would you like a quote for pickup from the Central Coast?

I’d love to meet your group and have you onboard so please use the form below to ask a question. Suzanne can usually reply within 2-3 hours (guaranteed reply within 24 hours). All messages come straight through to the mobile phone!

Or send me an sms on 0403 001154

NB> Message is best as safe driving is always a priority!

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Hunter Valley Wine Tasting at Briar Ridge Wines Mount View

Our Gourmet Explorer Tour has the flexibility to allow you to suggest our venues, enjoy a private small group experience in a luxury vehicle where our bus is booked exclusively for your group and no others, with delicious gourmet food and wine matching!

Tastes Of The Hunter Wine Tours Trip AdvisorWhat are Trip Advisor guests saying about Tastes Of The Hunter Wine Tours?

 “We had a fantastic day in the hunter with Suzanne, who was bubbly and chatty the whole day, so helpful and always happy to accommodate whatever need we had. She even had a fridge on board for our cheese and chocolate to be stored, and never rushed us at any stop, played music throughout the drive and had air con blasting for us as reprieve from the heat! I’ve been on several wine tours in the hunter and this was the best BY FAR. Thanks Suzanne!” – Mmadison M

 “Suzanne was a great guide, providing information and guidance when we needed it and stepping back to let everybody enjoy themselves when the wine had begun flowing and people were in dire need of some Shaggy on the radio.” – Aussie On The Road

 “Suzanne was amazing. She took us to the smaller boutique wineries and was extremely friendly and helpful the entire way through. We particularly enjoyed our time at Briar Ridge winery. Would highly recommend her for anyone looking to do a wine tour in the Hunter!!” – Roh86

Suzanne - Owner of Tastes Of The Hunter Wine Tours

“I love our Gourmet Explorer Tour as we can leave behind the Saturday crowds and learn about and taste wines and gourmet produce from the Hunter’s smaller, more specialist wineries. 

The really exciting part is our guests can have input into the venues we visit and the cellar door staff have the time to work with our group and tailor the presentation. After all … it’s not just a tasting… it’s an experience!

I’ve made some amazing friends at the cellar doors we visit who are more than happy to show us some extra premium or aged wines that don’t normally make the public tasting list on busier days such as Saturdays. This is a relaxed and fun tour for both beginners and those who are more “wine educated”.

– Suzanne Sheldon (Owner/Operator – Tastes Of The Hunter Wine Tours)

Tastes Of The Hunter Wine Tours Facebook

What do guests say about us on Facebook?

Suzanne you are such an amazing lady! we totally adore you, so blessed and grateful. The places selected for our day tour were awesome (shout out to Capercaillie Wines, our good host Peter… Plenty of Aroha for you all. You guys Rocked it! #No.1 place to visit) I look forward to our next visit and tasting wine wine, more glorious wine.
Totally recommend #TastesOfTheHunterWineTours with Suzanne Sheldon. You have so much knowledge of the areas, and your warm personality is so beautiful. Wish you all the best! – Barbara Winterstein

 “Susan was an incredible host and a breath of fresh air on our wine-tour. Friends from WA traveled across to NSW, we did a sneaky trip down the Hunter. Susan picked our group up at the scheduled time, for a whole day adventure! We explored a few boutique wineries and had private reservations at all venues and a scrumptious lunch … Overall, one of the best tours I have been on. Susan was knowledgeable, friendly and had the best selection of music for the entire day – flash back to the 80’s and 90’s. You can not go wrong by booking with Susan. Best value and best decision you will make when you are in the Hunter Valley.” – Craig Lynch

Get the VIP Experience and tour with Suzanne – owner/operator

Every Gourmet Explorer Tour is taken by Suzanne, owner and operator of Tastes Of The Hunter Wine Tours and passionate Hunter Valley local …. and self confessed wine buff!

Suzanne - Owner of Tastes Of The Hunter Wine Tours

“I love our Gourmet Explorer Tour as we can leave behind the Saturday crowds and learn about and taste wines and gourmet produce from the Hunter’s smaller, more specialist wineries. 

The really exciting part is our guests can have some input into the venues we visit and the cellar door staff have the time to work with our group and tailor the presentation. After all … it’s not just a tasting… it’s an experience!

I’ve made some amazing friends at the cellar doors we visit who are more than happy to show us some extra premium or aged wines that don’t normally make the public tasting list. This is a relaxed and fun tour for both beginners and those who are more “wine educated”.

– Suzanne Sheldon (Owner/Operator – Tastes Of The Hunter Wine Tours)

Tastes Of The Hunter Wine Tours Facebook

What do guests say about us on Facebook?

Suzanne you are such an amazing lady! we totally adore you, so blessed and grateful. The places selected for our day tour were awesome (shout out to Capercaillie Wines, our good host Peter… Plenty of Aroha for you all. You guys Rocked it! #No.1 place to visit) I look forward to our next visit and tasting wine wine, more glorious wine.
Totally recommend #TastesOfTheHunterWineTours with Suzanne Sheldon. You have so much knowledge of the areas, and your warm personality is so beautiful. Wish you all the best! – Barbara Winterstein

 “Susan was an incredible host and a breath of fresh air on our wine-tour. Friends from WA traveled across to NSW, we did a sneaky trip down the Hunter. Susan picked our group up at the scheduled time, for a whole day adventure! We explored a few boutique wineries and had private reservations at all venues and a scrumptious lunch … Overall, one of the best tours I have been on. Susan was knowledgeable, friendly and had the best selection of music for the entire day – flash back to the 80’s and 90’s. You can not go wrong by booking with Susan. Best value and best decision you will make when you are in the Hunter Valley.” – Craig Lynch