Elevate the senses and indulge the palate with this charming winery tour of Australia and New Zealand. Five famous wine regions are visited, each unveiling their unique specialty with elegance and panache. The famous destinations are covered, like the Hunter and Barossa Valleys or Marlborough's Sauvignon Blanc vineyards. You’re also immersed in the best boutique vineyards of a continent. Accompanying the tasting is fabulous food, spellbinding panoramas, and luxurious country retreats.
Lavish Relaxation in Hunter Valley, Australia
Land in Sydney and your personal chauffeur is waiting in arrivals, ready to whisk you into the mountains of the Hunter Valley. It's just a two-hour drive from Sydney, and while you may be tired from the flight, the first views of the luxuriantly green valley are sure to revitalize you. Soothing any travel aches is a deluxe spa suite at your luxury accommodation, your private balcony affording dazzling views over the vineyards. Just like the region's renowned whites, your luxury accommodation is subtle, elegant, and easy on the senses. Relaxation is central to the agenda today, and your expert wine guide will offer a couple of options. Either a short tour of the finest nearby vineyards or a private tasting session at the retreat's gorgeous verandah, the guide brings a collection of local favorites.
Exploring Australia's Oldest Wine Region
A Tale of Two Cities – Sydney and Melbourne
The Lavish Chardonnays of the Yarra Valley
The Elegant Vineyards of the Yarra Valley
The World Famous Vineyards of the Barossa Valley
Renowned Shiraz in the Barossa Valley
The Pinot Noirs of Central Otago, New Zealand
Exploring the World's Southernmost Wine Region
The Enchanting Wineries of Marlborough
In Search of the World's Finest Sauvignon Blanc
- Explore five world famous wine regions in depth; the Hunter, Yarra, and Barossa Valleys of Australia; and then Marlborough and Central Otago in New Zealand
- Discover the finest vineyards with the help of expert local guides, each destination combining the renowned wineries with small boutique growers, specially reserved for connoisseurs
- Some outstanding individual highlights are the Chardonnays of the Yarra Valley, the full-bodied shiraz of the Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley's sémillons, the characterful Pinot Noir of Central Otago, and the world's finest Sauvignon Blanc region: Marlborough
- Enjoy lavish accommodation throughout with country estates, spa retreats, private cottages, and even overnight stops in the vineyards themselves
- Lose yourself in spellbinding landscapes and soothe the excited senses with dazzling natural panoramas
- Complement the wine with some of the continent's finest food, Australia and New Zealand both exuding a commitment to organic produce and bold flavors
- A personal chauffeur is always doing the driving, so there's no need to worry about missing out or limiting the tasting; this vacation is all about indulging in the finest a continent can offer
For the wine connoisseur, Australia and New Zealand have it all. Warm and cool climates, unique geography, 200 years of cultivating grapes, world class vineyards famed for their exports, and boutique wineries tailored to the discerning local palate. While each region has its own specialty, these spectacular countries offer a stunning variety that always elevates the senses. With this handcrafted winery tour of Australia and New Zealand, you'll visit five renowned wine regions. Spend two days in each, usually one day exploring their world famous specialty, and another discovering the boutique brilliance that lies off the tourist trail. Expert guides unveil the local favorites and a private chauffeur ensures there's no need to worry about the driving.
Every day combines a rich diversity of choice; charming local farms with 150 years of history, innovative modern wineries full of characterful creations, family owned cellars, and sumptuous tasting menus at exclusive vineyards. And while the wine provides the indelible focus, you're always exploring some of the planet's most spectacular rural scenery. Complementing the natural immersion is a fabulous collection of accommodation, including private cottages, vineyard spa retreats, and renowned five-star resorts.
Fly to Sydney and begin the wine discovery in famous Hunter Valley, Australia's oldest wine region providing a delicate start with its citrus-flavored whites. Pair the elegant flavors with local crab and prawns and don't forget the outstanding Shiraz produced in this warm climate. Explore two famous cities, a local guide showing you the iconic sights of both Sydney and Melbourne. Then you head into the Yarra Valley, the cooler climate bringing a different collection of treats. Local Chardonnay is particularly famous, but these vineyards also revel in rare delights like elegant Marsanne and Gewurztraminer. After a day of tasting, soak up the tranquility of the Balgownie Estate Vineyard and Spa, an example of the sumptuous accommodation to expect on this luxury vacation. Some of the world's oldest Shiraz vineyards can be found in the Barossa Valley, and this final Australian stop epitomizes the harmonious blend of radiant nature, boutique accommodation, and long days sampling the region's finest grapes.
Fly over to New Zealand and Queenstown, losing yourself in the rugged fjords and mountains that surround the town. Expect pinot noirs bursting with character, and dramatic scenery unrivaled anywhere on the planet. Most wine critics argue that Marlborough is home to the world's finest Sauvignon Blanc, and you'll spend a day searching out the most vibrant bottle. New Zealand's wine experimentation takes its lead from Marlborough, and your guide will also reveal vineyards that embody the distinct full-flavored style of the region. While the wineries guide the journey, expect to indulge in serene destinations that exude elegance and charm. And don't worry about having to decide which bottles to take back home. The expert guides will assist in getting everything shipped back to your own private cellar.
$2,995 per person (excluding international flights)
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