It was already over 30 degrees Celsius when I got to the YHA pick up location at 7.15 am. And it was predicted to be about 42 degrees in the Hunter Valley today. What would be better than relaxing at an exclusive wine tasting tour this particular day? Not many people would say no to a day trip out to Australia’s oldest wine production region, especially not if you mentioned that a wine crawl is included in the price!

As soon as we left the city behind us I could feel how relaxed and calm I was. The city is nice but nothing beats being surrounded by open fields and the atmosphere of the farmland and vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see.  We were a small group of 10 people including me and we were all from different places around the world, like America, Mexico, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany and Sweden.

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Our professional tour guide took us to three different wineries and we tasted like 20 different wines; red, white, sparkling, fortified and rose! We started off with the world-famous McGuigan wines, which has won “International Winemaker of the Year” at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London – 3 times!… and they also had a nice little shop with their own wine and some delicious cheese.

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After the second winery we sat down and had lunch in the shade, and finished off at the Wynwood Estate winery (my personal favourite). The whole experience there felt genuine, and the host made us feel very welcomed… AND the wine was absolutely amazing!

Even if you are not a massive wine drinker, you would absolutely love this trip and will probably love wine after the tastings. You’ll at least feel like a wine expert after this tour, since the winemakers explain in detail the process and the character and quality of every wine you get to taste. A really good thing is that you will also support the small local family producers who are so important Australia’s wine making, so it’s a feel-good experience beyond just a load of wine! And who doesn’t like cute boutique shops, incredible cheese shops, and a brewery tour too??

I have always liked to meet new people and have always been interested to hear their stories; it’s inspiring to hear where they have traveled and what has led others to where they are today. As we drove back to the city, I couldn’t stop thinking of how lucky I am who get to do all these amazing things with my life and see all these beautiful places.

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