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“Amazing!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of James' Hunter Valley Wine and Vineyard Tours

James' Hunter Valley Wine and Vineyard Tours
18 The Glade, Singleton, New South Wales 2330, Australia
+61 437 151 500
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Singleton
Type: Tours, Food & Drink
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Owner description: James' Vineyard Tours operate small wine tours in our 12 seat minibuses within the Lower Hunter Valley area visiting the smaller hidden away boutique vineyards. We also stop for chocolate, cheese and olive oil tastings. Also available are private tours in our 4WD Land Cruiser allowing passengers to plan the day and timings as they wish or our dedicated driver/guide can arrange all or part of the day for you. Pickups available from Pokolbin, Lovedale, Branxton, Cessnock, Singleton and Broke.
Sydney, Australia
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Thank you so much Adrienne for looking after us, 8 of us did a tour last Saturday and had the most amazing day!

Adrienne was amazing, she took us to some great wineries, helped us source supplies for dinner and even went and picked them up for us whilst we were at a tasting!

We laughed, drank and ate our way through the Hunter! I could not recommend these guys more! This is the second time I did a tour with James' and it was even better second time round.

If I could rate 6/5 I would :-)

Cheers
Kate

Visited July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Fun and knowledgable guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We had an amazing day out wine tasting with James. He was a very knowledgable guide learnt a lot about wine and the hunter valley. We visited a great variety of wineries. He took us to some great small wineries that we never heard about with beautiful wines and some of the newer as well as bigger guys as well. Ernest Hill was great one of our favorite visit, very informative and fun, relax atmosphere. James provided excellent service. First off we were able to book 30 min before the tour started. James also took the time to remember our names. All in all it was a great day meeting new people and tasting great wines. It's also great value. Would definitely recommend the tour with James. We hope to see you when we come back.

Visited June 2013
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“Relaxing and informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

My wife and I really enjoyed this tour. We had a good group on our tour, and James ensured that the day was a success. From the moment we were collected from our accommodation to when we were delivered back to our accommodation, the day went without a hitch. James goes to the smaller wineries, which is really a relaxing way to go. I must admit there was no pressure with having to buy wines, and when you go as a group you seem to have better tastings. All the wineries visited gave informative run downs on their wines and the tastings were generous. My favourite winery on the tour was Constables. They did a very relaxed and informative tasting.

I like the concept of buying your own lunch. Lunch was not included in the price of the tour. We had lunch at Oscars at the Hunter Valley Gardens and the food was in large proportions, and well presented. There was also plenty of choice.

James does a great job, and is very informative. He has a good relaxed demeanour. He answers any questions you may have, and has good local knowledge as he is a long term local. If there could be any change to the tour I think the chocolate shop could be left out. I found the chocolates expensive.

On the whole a great trip and I would recommend it to my friends.

Visited May 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Very knowledgeable guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

James was a nice guy but also knew a lot about wine. Even when we had questions that the winery owner didn't know the answer to, they always would look at James and he would know the answer. We did three wine stops during our afternoon tour and also the cheese shop. We thought each winery offered something different so it was good to have a little variety. James really did a good job of making sure that we had a great afternoon!

Visited May 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“Excellent - new discoveries with an expert guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We had a great day out with James, he's a lovely guide and very popular with the wineries which means you are well looked after. Easy-going and knowledgable, we really enjoyed our time with James, who took us to smaller vineyards which we wouldn't have found otherwise - we loved Irongate and Ballabourneen vineyards in particular. The day had a relaxed pace, with a small group. A first-class day which we recommend.

Visited April 2013
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