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. The average fee for the venues we work with is $5 to $25 per person, depending on the experience.
The cost of tasting is included in the cost of all 'Signature Boutique Wine Tours'. If you elect to use our 'Create your own' service your tasting fees will be in addition to the tour cost.
Which vineyards do you include in your Signature Boutique Wine Tours?
We're on the road six days per week and revise the vineyards we go to each season based on 1) reliability of service 2) guest feedback and 3) overall experience and wine range. Here are the vineyards that currently make the grade*:
Pokolbin: Irongate Estate (DF, V), Crossing Creek Estate (DF), Vinden Estate (V, O, DF), Glandore Estate (V, DF), Hungerford Hill (DF, V), Hanging Tree Wines (DF), Elbourne Wines, Comyns & Co (DF), Mira Wines, Usher Tinkler (V), Oakvale (V, O, DF), Harkham Wines (V, DF), Hunter Distillery (V, O, DF), Ivanhoe (DF), Ironbark Brewery (DF), Audrey Wilkinson, Small Mouth Vodka (DF, V, O), M&JBecker Wines (O, V, DF), Piggs Peake (DF).
Mount View: Carillion Wines at Talavera Grove (DF), Briar Ridge (DF)
Broke Fordwich: Krinklewood Organic wines (O, DF), Running Horse Wines, Greenway (DF), Winmark Wines & Gallery (DF), Margan Family Wines (DF)
Rothbury: Theleme Wines at Black Creek Farm (DF)
Lovedale: Stomp! Wines (DF), Allandale (DF)
DF = Dog Friendly (tried and tested!!), V = most/all wines are vegan, O = most/all wines are organic
*guests are welcome to request 2 vineyards from this listing for their tour depending on timings, opening hours and suitability.
Where do you pick up from?
We pick up from your accommodation in Hunter Wine Country or areas that are adjacent (generally within 25 minute drive to Pokolbin). Pick up from Maitland may be arranged with sufficient notice and at an extra cost. Note we do not pick up from Newcastle, Sydney or Central Coast.
Who creates the itinerary?
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. Please note, due to COVID restrictions all your tastings will be prebooked and it is important that we arrive on time for all bookings.
Due to bad weather we may on occasion need to change the itinerary as many venues provide outside seating due to limited capacities inside.
Do your tours cater for children and non-drinkers?
Yes and yes!! Being a private, customised tours means we can include non-drinkers for $59 pp and under 18s at a cost of $39pp. There is no charge for children below 13 year of age or pets.
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 vehicle. Dogs must stay on the lead at all times during the tour unless specifically invited to be off-lead by venue staff. Grape to Glass will provide restraints that attach to the seatbelt and to your dogs harness/collar.
Please note all dogs over 5kg in weight must wear a harness for travel. This is for their own safety as much as anyone's. Dogs must be well socialised around other dogs and people and suitable to travel in the van. Grape to Glass reserves the right to stop a tour should the dogs conduct become unsafe at any time. Payment of the deposit is considered agreement with these terms and conditions.
How have tours changed due to Covid?
As of July 2020 all venues will require you to check in via QR code including our vehicles. 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.
It is also important that we are punctual for all bookings 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).
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 Boutique Wine Tours 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. For safety reasons, guests are encouraged to always wear appropriate footwear during the tour (e.g. flat shoes, sandals), sunscreen and hat when required. Should guests be taking prescription medication that may interact with alcohol, it is advised that a doctor be consulted prior to attending the tour.