Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia
Picture this: you’re standing in one of Australia’s most iconic wineries – Penfolds Magill Estate. You’re about to experience a private back vintage tasting and barrel sampling, including Grange, having already enjoyed an historical tour of Grange cottage, home to Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold. It took just 15 minutes to arrive here from Adelaide, where you were picked up in a luxury car, and the day stretches sumptuously ahead with an exclusive five course lunch perfectly matched with Penfolds wines to come. All topped off with a bottle of Grange to take home. Sure, you could have driven yourself to the cellar door for a tasting, but it wouldn’t have been an Ultimate Winery Experience. Offering the best in Australian wine regions, Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia is a hand-selected collection of premium wineries offering quality experiences. You could find yourself enthralled in a tutored wine tasting hosted by one of the family members whose name adorns the barrels, or testing your palate in a wine blending session. Or you might be soaring over the vineyards on a scenic flight, or cycling through them on your way to a secluded picnic.
An easy getaway
The beauty is, in these times of limited travel, with so many of Australia’s wine regions virtually on the doorstep of our capital cities, in a few hours you could be savouring a day trip or overnight stay. From Sydney, the Hunter Valley is just over two hours drive away. When you arrive, it could be fourth generation Tyrrell, Bruce, or his son Chris hosting you on the family’s Sacred Sites
You’ll take a private and personalised tour through their Sacred Sites vineyard, which is over 100 years old. You’ll then be taken on a tour of the winery with a barrel tasting followed by a four course lunch catered by one of NSW’s finest restaurants, Muse Dining, all perfectly complemented by Museum wines selected from the Tyrrell family’s private cellar.
At just under three hours from Melbourne, the King Valley is idyllic for a cosy weekend break kicked off with a Prosecco Brunch at Brown Brothers Milawa cellar door. Chilling in your own private Prosecco Lounge, you’ll taste your way through the entire Brown Brothers’ Prosecco range as you indulge in a gourmet spread of freshly baked sweets and pastries, local Milawa cheeses, house-made delicacies, terrines and seasonal fruits. A sublime start to your King Valley adventure.
At around two and a half hours from Hobart is Launceston where Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia have teamed up with nearby Josef Chromy wines to offer The Art of Sparkling Experience. A must for lovers of bubbles, this is a day spent immersed in the art of Sparkling wine production. From base wine to corking and wiring, learn each essential step in the process before heading to the lab to create your very own Sparkling to enjoy on the day, as well as one to be sent on to you at home. You’ll then luxuriate in a two-course lunch with matching wines.
Catered to you
This Sparkling experience is just one way to satiate your winemaking dreams. Another on offer through Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia is The Blending Bench in McLaren Vale. There you’ll find yourself ensconced in the spectacular d’Arenberg Cube where you’ll be presented with a palette of wine parcels, each with distinctive flavours and textures. From these you’ll learn how to create balance, fullness and finesse, culminating in your own 750ml sample which you’ll bottle, name and label, ready to show off.
Prefer an outdoor adventure? Explore Margaret River’s natural secrets, deserted beaches, secluded swimming spots and more on the Cape to Vine Day Trip. Led by award winning track specialists, you’ll work up an appetite, ready to savour a private tour of the region’s founding wine estate, Vasse Felix. Then it’s time for lunch with local produce a feature at the Vasse Felix Restaurant, where you’ll meet the chef while enjoying a five course tasting menu paired with wines, before selecting your choice of a bottle of Vasse Felix Premier wine to take away.
Or on the Yarra Valley Wine and Wildlife experience you’ll begin at Healesville Sanctuary, before taking a leisurely 20 minute drive through the picturesque Yarra Valley to De Bortoli for an Italian-themed lunch and a tasting of cool climate wines, topped off by dessert at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery.
If it’s more than a day trip you’re after, Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia also offers multi-day guided itineraries. Take a two-day delicious journey on the Barossa Wine Indulgence with food and wine delights at Jacob’s Creek, St Hugo’s and Seppeltsfied.
Or the Sensory Indulgence of Margaret River offers three days of unforgettable experiences covering local wine, food, culture and nature at locations including Leeuwin Estate, Vasse Felix, and Voyager Estate.
You can also spend three days experiencing stunning landscapes, private luxury, and McLaren Vale’s finest food and wine with McLaren Vale Unveiled. Your local hosts will include d’Arenberg, Gemtree Wines, Wirra Wirra and more.
In Queensland, just outside Brisbane, spend two nights relaxing on The Ultimate Winery Escape at Sanctuary by Sirromet. With premium accommodation, an 8-course Taste Plate Dinner, winery tour and more, you won’t want to leave!
These are just a sample of the over 130 exclusive experiences you can book through Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia. Available throughout 14 regions at 25 wineries, you’ll go beyond the cellar door to meet the personalities and professionals who bring your favourite drops to life.
Explore the full range of experiences and book now at www.ultimatewineryexperiences.com.au and follow the adventures on Instagram @ultimatewineries and Facebook @ultimatewineriesAU