Klook’s new tour brings a taste of Europe to the Hunter Valley: Here’s our review
Plus find out how you can score $1 wine tastings.
Coronavirus has shaped our world in a multitude of ways, including the way we wine. With walk-in tastings a thing of the past, Klook has taken matters into its own hands.
The experience company is teaming up with Two Fat Blokes to bring Australians the limited edition Taste of Europe tour. Guests get to indulge in Italian flavours, Spanish atmosphere and finish it all off with an Oktoberfest-inspired beer tasting.
Oh, and did we mention that there's epic prizes up for grabs? But we'll get to that shortly.
Finder was invited by Klook to try out the Taste of Europe tour, and here's what went down.
How does it work?
The tour runs for the full day starting at 9:30am, with an itinerary featuring four wineries and one brewery. Keep in mind it's only available on 24 October and 28 November 2020.
- Peterson House Sparkling Premium Wines
- Glandore Estate Wines
- Two Fat Blokes
- Iron Gate Estate
- Ironbark Hill Brewhouse
The day starts off at the Hunter Valley Information Centre where guests are greeted with an iconic red double-decker bus which is the ride for the entirety of the tour. Take a seat up top, enjoy the glorious fresh air and even learn a thing or two about the region with the local tour guide from Two Fat Blokes on board.
What's on the tasting menu?
Peterson House is the first stop, which features uninterrupted views of the vineyards and water. Unwind with glasses of Sauvignon Blanc Semillion, Prosecco, Dolce per Tutti and a sweet Tawny.
The second destination is fit for any sweet tooth, with a controversially delightful wine and chocolate tasting at Glandore Estate Wines. Here you're met with six rich tastings, four handmade chocolates and an expert in all things wine.
Lachlan Sinclair from Glandore Estate Wines touched on how the experiences at their cellar door are tailored to what people would like, and it's about the connection customers have with the wine. He also reiterated the emphasis Glandore Estate Wines is placing on providing a unique experience for its existing and new clientele.
Did someone say a gourmet Italian lunch? Guests can sit back and relax with a cheese and wine tasting board, followed by a lunch prepared by the chef at Two Fat Blokes. Keep an eye out for the ricotta, it was a table favourite.
The wine doesn't stop there either, with the final winery bringing you a touch of Spanish flair. Iron Gate Estate follows you through with a selection of Shiraz, Chardonnay and Rosé. Sipping on your favourite whites and reds is also accompanied by the soft strums of the on-site guitarist, Nano.
Watch the sun set over the ripening grapes at your final stop, Ironbark Hill Brewhouse. You have the choice of not one, but four specialty beers including watermelon, black forest and hazelnut.
On the way back to the departure point, guests have their knowledge put the test with the aforementioned prizes up for grabs. They include vouchers, wine and other Klook experiences.
How you can save with Klook
Jonathan Williams, marketing director for Klook Australia and New Zealand said, "We want people to experience the full breadth of things to do here [Hunter Valley] and really enjoy everything this place has to offer."
This tour is limited to 10 people and is on offer for $199 per person with the inclusion of wine tastings and meals. Don't miss out by heading to Klook to lock in your spot.
Missed out? Klook is also dropping the price on over 10 wine tastings to just $1 and offering 10% off Hunter Valley activities when you use this promo code. So if you're thinking of checking out the Hunter region, why not save while you're there?
Tour with peace of mind
Klook has your health and safety at the top of its priority list. Socially distanced seating has been put into place and hand sanitiser is available. Expect QR code check-in and out at each winery visit.