Sydney Winery Tours in the Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley area is one of the oldest wine producing regions in Australia. It is about a two hour drive from Sydney. There are many wineries, and vineyards in this area, and you will be spoilt for choice, when it comes to deciding where to go. it is a good idea to prebook your tastings at the estates, as there may be limited space available. If you are traveling in a larger party, you may be able to book a private tour, or tasting through a limo hire company like Lux Limousines Sydney. Limousine hire companies often provide package deals on day tours of all the wineries near Sydney. In this article we will explore 5 popular wineries all within 2 hours of Sydney.
Audrey Wilkinson Winery
About a two hour drive from Sydney, perched in the foothills of the Brokenback Mountains, is the Audrey Wilkinson Winery. It has has been voted as one of the most picturesque wineries in Hunter Valley by Time Out magazine. With panoramic 360 degree views of the valley, and wine groves, the charming country estate is renowned for it’s picture perfect scenery, and selection of wines. It is also one of the oldest wineries.
Established in 1860, by Audrey Wilkinson, the winery is steeped in tradition, and has over 150 years of wine making excellence. In the mid 19 century the latest technology was used to make wine, including a steam powered grape crusher.
Wine making techniques may have become more modernized sine the early days, but the philosophy of the estate remains unchanged – “ It’s all about the wine.” The estate’s tasting room offers visitors an opportunity to sample the wines, such as the Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz or the new Gewurztraminer. A popular way to buy wines from the estate is to join the Wine Club. Members enjoy discounted prices, and invitations to events.
Located in the heart of Hunter Valley, situated on a hill top in Pokolbin, Bimbagden literally means Place of Good View.’ The name originates from the local indigenous language, and the winery is a popular venue for hosting events, such as weddings, and festivals, and concerts. The architecture of the winery is modern, and striking, and there is a bell-tower. The bell tower is a part of the Bimbagden brand, and a unique feature.
Bimbagden offers a range of wines, from the Signature Bimbagden collection, to Shiraz, Semillon, Chardonnay and Bimbagden Sparkling Wines. There are many to enjoy. You may also enjoy walking through the beautiful sculptured gardens, and admire the Florentine style fountains. Bimbagden is about 164km away from Sydney.
Founded by three lawyers from Sydney in the 1970’s, the estate has grown from a project that was a hobby, to an estate that has produced award winning wines. The land, in the foothills of the Brokenback Mountain Range, was originally intended to be used as a cricket pitch, by the local community. The Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz is an internationally acclaimed wine. The Cricket Pitch is also a favorite.
This five star winery has a unique approach to making wine, that reflects the simple philosophy of the estate – “ It’s all about making some goddam good wine.”
This family owned boutique winery is in Lovedale, and offers visitors a chance to sample a Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz and Semillon. The wine is hand crafted, and grapes are sourced from local vineyards. The cellar door, or tasting room, of the winery is easily spotted. The winery is famous for its big black magpie. There is a large picture of a magpie on the winery, that stands as tall as the building. The wines are named after family members. For example, the Gartelmann Benjamin Semillon, is named after both the grandfather and grandson. The Gartelmann “ Sarah Elizabeth” Chardonnay is named after Jan’s daughter – an elegant and smart lady. The family tradition continues, and there are many more wines named after family members.
There is also a cafe, with a large deck, that overlooks a lake. The Cafe serves breakfast and lunch.
About 2 hours from Sydney, Harkham Winery is a natural winery that offers guests wine tasting, a restaurant and accommodation. There are rooms available, as well as a house that can be rented. The wines are produced using no chemical additives, no filtration or flavor additives. You can sample wines from the old vines, aged in oak, or taste the Aziza Shiraz, which is a Noma listed Australian wine.
The trendy, young spirited winery has a Latino restaurant called Pop Up, that offers guests flavor fusions and cocktails. It is a less traditional winery, and you may also like to try the chocolate liqueurs, and book yourself in for the night after enjoying the local wines.
The Harkham Winery manifesto declares, among many other statements, that wine is “ A thing of beauty with a unique personality that should be embraced and never censored.”
We hope you liked this article. If you found it interesting please share on Facebook and Google+.
Learn more about events in the Hunter Valley – http://www.hunterhunter.com.au/