Hunter Valleyvineyards are located approximately 245 km to the North of Sydney and it’s a roughly 3-hour drive via Pacific highway.
For out of state travelers who plan on flying into Sydney Airport, we recommend booking your flights, accommodation, and airport parking in advance, to ensure that your trip is as smooth and stress-free as possible. Mention on your booking if you need an airport pick up with flight details and arrival time.
Our preferable time to take a day tour to Hunter Valley from Sydney is between September to November where the weather is pleasant. From the beginning of December to the end of February are the harvest time and best time for grape picking. However, the weather is not the best and the temperature could be reached near 40c in mid-January.
The ‘best winery’ could be subjective, for example, there are many wineries who have named as 5-star wineries by Halliday wine companion and the top of the list are Brokenwood, McGuigan, and Tyrells. If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere and best customer service, Gartlemann wines in Lovedale is our recommendation.
There are few cellar doors that offer free wine tasting, for example, Sobels wines in Pokolbin. However, most of Hunter Valley cellar doors charges from 5 to 10 $ per head for wine tasting and will reimburse on a purchase. The premium or single-vineyard tasting could be expensive as 25 to 50$ per head.
If you book a Hunter Valley tour with Sydney Private Tours, our guide will recommend and take you to various styles of cellar doors as per booking conditions. However, if you decide to self-drive to Hunter Valley, stop at the Hunter visitor information center at 455 Wine Country Dr to get some recommendations of cellar doors, and also a map of the region. Decide who will be the sober bob before starts your wine tastings as there are many police petrol cars at any given time around Pokolbin, Cessnock, and Lovedale areas.
The predominant grape variety planted in Hunter Valley is Semillon and widely used for dessert wines. Apart from Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Verdelho are the other grape varietals that you can taste in a Hunter Valley day trip from Sydney. Some cellar doors offer the option to do a comparison with wines produce in Orange and Mudgee NSW as well.