How have tours changed due to Covid?
As of 24th July 2020 all venues will only be able to take groups of ten and under. You will be asked to leave your contact details or check in via QR code, and sanitise hands before entering a venue. Because of the extra time needed to do this a full day tour generally includes four to five vineyards (as well as lunch) particularly for larger groups, although for a group of 4 or less more may be possible.
It is also important that we are punctual for all bookings due to limited capacities at venues and this is the job of your tour guide (please let us know if you intend to travel to the Hunter Valley the morning of your tour).
Please note that whilst venues can legally host up to 10 in a group, many have elected to take groups of between 2 to 6 only.
Who creates the itinerary? And can we request visiting specific venues?
Grape to Glass takes responsibility for customising your itinerary in a way that caters to your interests and requests whilst ensuring the group can be punctual for all bookings given timings and distances. In short, you can nominate some of the venues you want to include, or leave the planning up to us. Note that we are not a shuttle service, if you are simply after a driver we suggest contacting one of the areas shuttle services (eg Vineyard Shuttle).
Any recommendations made or venues included on the tour are not be based on any commercial arrangements with venues or service providers. We include venues that we believe make sense in terms of you interests and the itinerary, as well as places that we know are currently providing good service. Due to bad weather we may on occasion need to change the itinerary as many venues provide outside seating due to limited capacities inside.
How many pets can I bring?
A maximum of 2 dogs and 5 people or 1 dog and 6 people can fit comfortably and safely in our pet-friendly vehicles. Dogs must stay on the lead and under control at all times during the tour. Grape to Glass will provide restraints that attach to seatbelt/headrest and to your dogs harness/collar. We strongly recommend for your dogs safety that they wear a harness for travel. Grape to Glass reserves the right to stop a tour should the dogs conduct become unsafe at any time. We understand that pets can become a bit restless and we will do our best to entertain them with treats, walkies and play.
What are tasting fees? And are these included?
Most venues now charge a tasting fee per person to try their range of wine, beer or spirits. Due to health restrictions limiting capacities at venues this is also a way of making it viable to open for business. The average fee is $5 to $15 per person.
The cost of tasting is included in the cost of your tour. The exception to this would be where a specific venue is requested to be included by guests and the fee exceeds $10 per person.
Which vineyards do you go to?
We constantly revise the vineyards we go to based on current service standards, here are the vineyards that make the grade: Irongate Estate, Carillion Wines, Vinden Estate, Domaine de Binet/Ballabourneen, Stomp wines, Pepper Tree, Glandore Estate, Allandale, Tamburlaine, Gemelli Estate, Hanging Tree Wines, Gundog, Briar Ridge, Mira Wines, Ballabourneen, Margan Family Wines, Theleme Wines at Black Creek Farm, Usher Tinkler, Krinklewood Organic wines, Running Horse Wines, Leogate Estate, Oakvale, Piggs Peake, Tintilla Estate, Gartelmanns, Wandin Estate, Harkham Wines, Talits Estate, Audrey Wilkinson, Hunter Distillery, Greenway Wines, Comyns & Co, Pokolbin Distillery, Ironbark Brewery, Small Mouth Vodka, Garden Cellars, Kiss O Fire, McLeish Estate, M&J Becker Wines, Savannah Estate, Thomas Wines, Hope Estate, Keith Tulloch and Tyrells.
Do your tours cater for children and non-drinkers?
Yes and yes!! Being a private, customised tours means we can include non-drinkers and under 18s at a cost of $39pp excluding children below school-age who are free. We have one booster seat available for ages 2 to 7 if required and there are many child-friendly vineyards to explore.
General Ts and Cs
Grape to Glass Boutique Wine Tours is not responsible for or liable for the services provided by third parties, including wines, meals, and various activities. Grape to Glass is not liable for any tour guest's conduct and safety at a venue (i.e. vineyard/brewery/distillery/eatery) during the agreed hours of the tour. Payment of the deposit is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.