tasting can sometimes present the problem of mixing
drinking and driving. Whether you make your way to Hunter
Valley by rental car, bus or train, Journeywoman believes
that it's wise to join a wine-tasting tour once you
get there. Leave the driving to someone else who is
a licensed chauffeur and guide. This way you don't have
to get behind the wheel if your reflexes become less
chose a two-day excursion directly from Sydney with
a tour company called, Australian
Wild Escapes (http://www.australianwildescapes.com).
That allowed me to combine attending the wine school
with some sightseeing of the area and wine-tasting at
the cellar doors of my choice.
Smithwell was my guide and she was terrific -- she's
an excellent driver, very knowledgeable and most resourceful.
Journeywoman learned a great deal about the Hunter Valley
and Australia, in general, from her.
Sydneysiders (people who live in Sydney) enjoy visiting
the Hunter Valley on weekends. That means that all prices
are generally higher at that time and accommodations
not as easy to get. Try to time your excursion for mid-week
when the area is less crowded.
great fun not only to visit the large establishments
but to check out what the small cellar doors have produced
as well. Keep in mind that many small wineries do not
always produce enough to export their label. If you
really enjoy one of their varieties, pick up your bottle
there. You won't be able to find it at home and it makes
an exceptional gift for a wine connoisseur friend at
be afraid to ask questions when you are tasting wines.
The people in charge are used to this and will do their
best to give you answers. Don't forget that their objective
is to sell their label so it is in their best interests
to offer their expertise to every potential customer.
tastings are free or a very small fee is charged. However,
if you purchase a bottle that nominal fee is usually
to the Sydney Visitor Centre
at 106 George Street near Circular Quay will help you
sort out transportation to wine-tasting country and
their information officers can also offer listings of
vineyard tours to choose from as well as Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley Wine Country Visitors'
Guide is chock full of excellent, helpful
facts and holiday ideas. To get your copy, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or read their information online at: http://www.winecountry.com.au.