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Wine Country Tours

Sydney, Australia
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About Wine Country Tours
Your host is Richard Everett, the only Oenologist (or winemaker) conducting a small group or private wine tour of the Hunter Valley Wine Country. His guests get a unique behind the scenes insight into how the best wines of the Hunter Valley are made, with private guided tastings of the top wines at the best & most interesting of the 140+ wineries. Richard conducts the wine tastings, not the sales staff at the wineries, so you are spared the heavy sales pitch of their commercial wines & get to experience many wines not offered to the general public. Morning tea is at the famous Peppers Guesthouse & lunch is at the award winning Muse Cafe. Tours are available ex Sydney or from within the Hunter Valley.
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050317 wrote a review Mar 2020
Sheffield, United Kingdom5 contributions2 helpful votes
Fantastic value for a very in-depth tour with a fantastic host and some great wines. Richard obviously knows his stuff and his passion for wine is infectious. He taught us a new approach to tasting and experiencing wines which I will always have in my mind when enjoying a glass or two of something new and his pleasant company kept us entertained throughout. I would heartily recommend for both novice and experienced wine drinkers alike.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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BrookHouseBrook wrote a review Feb 2020
Isle of Wight10 contributions
I was looking for a wine tour as an 80th birthday present for my father. Given that, and various mobility issues, I decided to book a private tour with Wine Country Tours - and it was a brilliant decision. We were picked up by Richard and driven first to Tyrells. We had a tour around the winemaking facility and we all learned a lot about the skills, experience and dedication that goes into making the wonderful wines. Our tasting was of 13 different wines, and it was a real introduction to the proper experience of tasting and appreciating the wines. Again we all felt we learned a lot, as well as enjoying ourselves immensely. Lunch was at Bimbadgen and was again excellent. Then we went to Hungerford Hill for yet more wines!!! It was a long day but all in a wonderful experience that we would recommend highly.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Ryan S wrote a review Feb 2020
Honeoye Falls, New York5 contributions1 helpful vote
We found Richard's tour trying to sift through the seemingly generic Hunter Valley tours from Sydney. We were looking for a more personal day and that's exactly what we found. Richard is personable and extremely knowledgeable. He has a wonderful way of teaching you to really appreciate wine. We only went to two wineries but I think we got more out of those two than any of the ones we tried in the past. It was a wonderful, fulfilling day. If you are looking to go to as many wineries as possible this tour is not for you. If you are looking for a more personal tour which will really get you into the wines of the region then don't hesitate to contact Richard.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Ingeborg BB wrote a review Feb 2020
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One of the highlights of our Australia-tour. Back in Bergen, Norway, we just found this lovely Cabernet Sauvignon from Tyrell's at the Norwegian "Vinmonopolet". Ingeborg and Terje 😀
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Nathan wrote a review Feb 2020
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Not only was this undoubtedly the best wine tasting/tour I ever experienced, but it also was an occasion that will paradoxically make all future wine tastings more enjoyable yet pale in comparison. This is due to Richard Everett, a 40+ year wine expert who was our personal guide (my parents and I happened to be the only people booked on his schedule for out particular day!) through the Hunter Valley wine country. He picked us up in Sydney at 7:30am, dropped us back off around 6pm, and in between provided a comprehensive lesson in wine making and wine appreciation from start to finish at several marque wineries. He taught us in a manner that cut out all the jargon and stereotypical pretentiousness associated with wine snobs, helping us focus on what is really important: the occasions that inspire us to partake in wine. A true paradigm shift in wine appreciation which certainly bolsters one's ability to select the right wine for any occasion. The only downside is that I doubt I'll ever find such expert guidance again at any future wine tasting!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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