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Escape to the Vineyards: The Best Wine Tours Outside Sydney

A hen’s weekend or a romantic getaway, these wine tours come with a touch of indulgence.

From iconic Semillons of the Hunter Valley to boutique wineries of the Southern Highlands, some of Australia’s best wineries are just a few hours drive outside of Sydney. Whether you’re a seasoned sommelier eager to swirl and swish unchartered drops, or you’re planning a wine tour for a memorable hen’s weekend, the 14 wine regions dotted across New South Wales are ready and waiting to be explored* on these popular wine tasting tours.

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions some tour services may not be running or have changed their operations, be sure to contact the tour operator directly to get the latest information.

Top: Rosby Wines, Left: Mudgee Wine & Country Tours, Right: Burnbrae Wines

Mudgee Region

Travel just four hours north-west of Sydney and you’ll arrive in magnificent Mudgee. An oasis for the palate, Mudgee delivers some of the best grapes, produce and gourmand delights New South Wales’s fertile soil is famous for. While Mudgee might not be as well-known as its counterparts, Mudgee can certainly speak for itself when it comes to complex reds, elegant whites and fine foods.

Mudgee Wine & Country Tours

Designed for small groups, Mudgee Wine & Country Tours are more than happy to personalise your tour depending on your needs and interests. Prices start from $60 per person for a half-day tour or $110 for a full-day tour.

Tour Mudgee Now and Then

If you’d like to include a bit of Mudgee history on your tour, Tour Mudgee Now and Then offer customised wine tours that include the history and architecture of the picturesque region. These tours are completely customisable and can be tailored to your needs and interests. Whether you want to visit two or 10 wineries, they will plan an itinerary that suits.

Top: The Grape Escape, Left: Berrima, Right: Unsplash

Southern Highlands

If you’ve got a penchant for pinot noir or pinot gris, a Southern Highlands wine tour is calling your name. The exquisite and colourful region is home to over 60 cool-climate vineyards. Southern Highlands’ boutique cellar doors are always open and ready to impress the palates of even the most expert sommeliers.

Grape Escape

Wine tasting with a VIP edge. With a range of tours available, including their Grape Escape Tailored Tour and full-day wine tour, the Grape Escape tailor each tour to suit your needs and include a private meeting where you’ll get to chat all things wine with the vineyard owners themselves. Tour prices start from $120 per person and include transportation.

Highlands Food & Wine Tours

Along with quintessential tours of picturesque vineyards and award-winning cellars, Highlands Food & Wine Tours go the extra mile with their wine tours, truffle tours, and pamper tours. It’s the pamper tour that has caught our attention with stopovers at boutique cellars and a visit to Endota Day Spa in Bowral. Standard wine tours start from $100 per person and include lunch and transportation. 

Hunter Valley

As Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley has been a gourmet food and wine destination for centuries. With exceptional grapes, boutique breweries, chic cellar doors, bountiful vineyards, and gastronomic restaurants on offer, a day tour of the Hunter Valley is a pleasure-seeking experience to say the least.  

Cloud9 Tours

Vineyard hop from the comfort of a luxury vehicle with the help of an experienced and enthusiastic guide. Choose from their selection wine tours that range from beginner’s experiences to hen’s weekends and dedicated wine enthusiast excursions. 

Gourmet Getaway Tour

If you’d like to pair your wine tasting with fresh foods from the region, explore three Hunter Valley wineries with the addition of an onboard chef who will whip up fresh and tasty dishes to complement the wines. The chef-led food and wine tasting tour is a full-day outing, so gather your friends and start planning!

Checked out our all our favourite wine tours and inspired to see more of NSW? You can jump in your car and explore NSW's best road trips, or see Sydney from the water and book in a boutique boat stay.