Day 3 │ Hunter Valley
The day begins with the hotel’s buffet breakfast after which you’ll check-out of your hotel, store your luggage with the Concierge, and meet the group and your guide in the lobby.
Traveling with the group to the Hunter Valley is an energetic and knowledgable Australian Sommelier, providing a wealth of information and during the two-hour drive to the Hunter Valley.
The first vines in the Hunter Valley were planted in the 1800s in rich, fertile soils that enjoy warm, humid temperatures. Home to some of the oldest and best-known wine producers in Australia, the 150 cellar doors (wineries) in this region produce an impressive, award-winning array of varieties and styles. But it’s Hunter Valley’s Semillon and Shiraz varietals that are behind the region’s world-class reputation.
Your first stop will be in Pokolbin. For almost 30 years, the De luliis family has grown grapes in the Hunter Valley, but it wasn’t until their son Michael finished a degree in Oenology that the De luliis family added wine production to the family business. Michael is known for his exceptional Shiraz and Semillion wines and he has a handful of trophies to prove it. You’ll visit their modern winery created out of a collaboration of art and engineering in design, taking a tour and then enjoying lunch served at their on site restaurant, Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen.
The next cellar door of the day is Tyrrell’s Wines. This winery has been one of Australia’s pre-eminent family owned wine companies since 1858. Tyrrell’s is home to some of Australia’s most awarded wines, earning more than an incredible 5,000 trophies and medals over the years, as well as being named “Winery of the Year” in James Halliday’s esteemed Australian Wine Companion in 2010. After the tour you will enjoy a tasting of their top rated wines
Late in the afternoon you arrive at a deluxe hotel. After checking into your room and a little time to freshen up, you are off to a modern Hunter Valley legend, Brokenwood Wines, for a winemaker hosted barbeque. After a fun-filled evening, you’ll return to the hotel to turn in for the night.