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Wine tasting in Sydney: Tours and Courses

A round-up of the top wine-tasting experiences in and around Sydney.

The countryside around Sydney is lined with vineyards. To the north there’s the Hunter Valley with its plummy shirazes and crisp citrusy semillons, and to the south there’s the Southern Highlands, the home of herby sauvignon blancs and oaky cabernet sauvignons.

To get a real feel for what these regions have to offer in terms of tipples, you have to take a vineyard tour. Here are a few of the top options, available from Sydney as well as an option or two for if you want to taste the best but don't want to leave the city.


Where can I go wine tasting and touring in and around Sydney?

  • Sydney city centre
  • Hunter Valley
  • The Blue Mountains
  • The Southern Highlands

Our top picks:

Best for price: Wine Tasting and Cheese at Dryridge Estate – For 2

Best for price: Wine Tasting and Cheese at Dryridge Estate – For 2 from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Pay just $55 for wine tasting for two
  • Sample six different Dryridge vintages
  • Sip your drinks in view of the hazy Blue Mountains
  • Tuck into a cheese plate with your wine

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Best for value: Hunter Valley Wine Tour with Cheese, Chocolate and Organic Vodka Tasting

Best for value: Hunter Valley Wine Tour with Cheese, Chocolate and Organic Vodka Tasting from Experience Oz

Highlights:

  • Spend a day tasting wine, cheese and chocolate for $135
  • Linger over a lazy lunch with more wine
  • Do the rounds through three boutique wineries
  • Try organic vodka

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Best for wine tasting and tour length: 2-Day Hunter Valley Small-Group Eco-Tour

Best for wine tasting and tour length: 2-Day Hunter Valley Small-Group Eco-Tour from Viator

Highlights:

  • Spend two full days exploring the Hunter Valley
  • See native wildlife at the Australian Reptile Park
  • Sip local wines at boutique wineries
  • Stay overnight in the unhurried town of Pokolbin

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Best for families: Hunter Valley Wine and Wildlife Tour from Sydney Including Walkabout Wildlife Park

Best for families: Hunter Valley Wine and Wildlife Tour from Sydney Including Walkabout Wildlife Park from Viator

Highlights:

  • Spend a day getting to know the vineyards of New South Wales
  • Bring the kids along for just $90, or $75 for infants
  • Get the little ones smiling as they meet the animals at Walkabout Wildlife Park
  • Put a smile on your own face during tastings at a boutique winery famous for its semillon

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Best for romance Picnic Among the Vines with Wine Tasting Masterclass - For 2

Best for romance Picnic Among the Vines with Wine Tasting Masterclass - For 2 from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Indulge in a premium wine tasting for two at Audrey Wilkinson vineyards
  • Pick up your blanket and hamper and choose your own nook to enjoy a picnic
  • Linger over crusty breads, meats, cheeses and chocolates
  • Raise a toast with a bottle of estate wine

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Best for corporate events and teambuilding: The Rocks Pub Walking Tour

Best for corporate events and teambuilding: The Rocks Pub Walking Tour from Viator

Highlights:

  • Spend two and a half hours getting to know the pubs around The Rocks
  • Sample wine, beer or cider in four different pubs
  • Learn about the legendary residents of The Rocks between sips
  • Visit Sydney’s oldest boozer

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Wine tasting/wine tour companies compared

Book withPrice (from)LocationDuration (from)Extras/inclusionsSuitable for
Viator$115Hunter Valley, Shoalhaven Coast, Blue MountainsFull dayLunches, wilderness tours, helicopter flights.Adults, couples, small groups
RedBalloon$55Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains, Sydney CBD2 hoursHorse riding, lunches, plattersAdults, couples, small groups
Experience Oz$135Hunter ValleyFull dayLunch, food tastingsAdults, couples, groups
Get Your Guide$109Hunter ValleyFull dayDinners, food tasting, harbour cruisesAdults, couples, small groups

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