At Newcastle Limousines we specialise in Wine Tours of the Hunter Valley. Whilst you are welcome to put together your own itinerary (bookings essential for groups 6 and over), we offer a number of great 5, 6 and 8-hour tour packages. We can also tailor packages for large groups or vary time frames depending on your schedule.
Please Note: Private tastings have limited time spaces, the earlier you book your tour or advise us to, the more chance you have of going where you wish.
Both Peterson's House & Audrey Wilkinson require you to book & pay for tastings through their websites below:
At Newcastle Limousines we have a close association with many of the Hunter's finest Wineries, and our packages include:
Luxury private transportation
Winery visits & sample tastings
Distillery visit & tasting
A friendly and fun day
Below is an example of an 8 hour wine tour:
9.00am Pick up
Macquariedale is home to outstanding Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Semillon, Chardonnay and Verdelho. We also have a small plot of Pinot Noir, which is just coming into maturity. Following our natural winemaking passion, our small sustainable winery specialises in converting small parcels of grapes into the most delicious natural wines available in Australia.
By minimising the high levels of sulphur found in most wines, using wild yeast where possible and eliminating fining agents has lead to wines, which are more reflective of our local terroir.
11.05am - Gundog Estate
Gundog Estate is a boutique wine producer owned and operated by the Burton family. Their passion for high quality, regionally distinct wine has inspired us to pursue two of Australia's most unique and highly acclaimed wine styles; Hunter Valley Semillon, and Canberra Shiraz. $5 per person refunded with purchase
12.05pm - Hunter Distillery - $5 per person refunded with purchase
Hunter Distillery was the first 100% organic distillery in Australia, and is still the only organic distillery in the southern hemisphere. Producing Premium Organic Vodkas, as well as a range of Schnapps and Liqueurs. $5 per person refunded with purchase
**Lunch is at your own leisure and expense.
The Hunter Valley offers a number of beautiful and delicious lunch options. We allocate around 90 minutes for lunch which is at your leisure (and expense), which works in well with the local bistro's.
Casual Lunch Dining Options:
Matilda Bay Brewery at the Hunter Valley Resort Mains from $16
Harrigans Irish Pub Mains from $18
The Potters Hotel Meals from $17
Premium Lunch Dining Options:
Vinden Estate Bistro Mains from $26
Verandah Restaurant - Tapas Menus from $49
2.00pm - Vinden Estate
Established in 1990 by Guy and Sandra Vinden, Vinden Estate Wines is a family-owned, boutique Hunter Valley winery and vineyard with an exceptional reputation among Sydney's top sommelier. Vinden Estate produces small quantities of premium wines on-site, hand-picking grapes using the traditional methods of open fermentation, hand plunging and basket pressing. Their range of wines includes the Hunter Valley's only Alicante Bouschet (a light dry rosé), as well as the classic Hunter Valley wine varietals of Semillon, Basket Press Shiraz, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Premium Merlot, Late Harvest Dessert Wine and Liquer Semillon.
3.00pm - The Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop
The Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop, thas the most impressive selection of delicatessen products in the Hunter offering the finest produce from Australia and overseas. The Cheese Shop caters to all styles of cheeses including Roquefort from France, Gruyere from Switzerland, Gouda from Holland and Red Leicester from England. They are also home to the famous Hunter Valley Gelato Company, featuring traditional Italian Gelato made with imported Italian ingredients and made using 200 year old recipes.
3.30pm Sobels Winery
Kevin Sobels Winery continues an unbroken, Australian wine making tradition, now over 150 years old. Jason is a sixth generation winemaker. The pursuit of high quality and distinctive, individual styles of wine are the same today, as 1850's. $5 per person refunded with purchase.
4.00pm Depart wineries for Newcastle
5.00pm Arrive back at Newcastle accommodation
**Lunch is at your own leisure and expense.
** Tasting Fees are paid directly to Cellar door
Please note we can tailor a wine tour to suit your budget, guest numbers and time constraints.
|Transport option||Maximum Guests||5 hour||6 hour||7 hour||8 hour|
|Stretch Limousine 4 or less||4||$690||$820||$950||
|Stretch Limousine 5 to 9||9 (8 in rear 1 in front)||$890||$1025||$1160||
|13 seat Bus||13||$465||$550||$635||
|20 seat Bus||20||$570||$680||$790||
|24 seat Bus||24||$615||$735||$855||
|28 seat Bus||28||$640||$765||$890||
*For larger groups we can put together a specific tour but most groups over 15 do incur a tasting fee (usually around $5 which is refunded with any wine purchase).
If staying outside of local Newcastle area please call for quote as extra travel time may be required.
N.B You may wish to allocate a little longer to fully enjoy these restaurants & both can incorporate wine tasting/matching.
Or at the other end of the scale but still delicious, Hunter Valley Gardens Village has several eateries offering quick meals meaning 1 hour would cover not only lunch but a browse through the boutique shops, also leaving extra time for another winery or perhaps an olive tasting.
You can even pack a picnic basket & enjoy the beautiful grounds