From the owner and operator of Vintage Connections.
With Hunter Valley wine country right on my door step I am a true local and I love what I do with a passion.
My teacher personality (Qualified Suzuki Violin teacher), customer service skills, local knowledge, local experience and connections helps me to be your ultimate Hunter Valley Private wine tour guide.
We specialise in small group wine tours, with a business model that enables us to get short notice access to the right boutique wines to suit your tastes.
Through engaging my passion for great wine, as a tour guide in the Hunter I have developed many relationships with cellar door managers and winemakers in the region.
As the owner of Vintage Connections, I have a great enthusiasm for what quality wine can offer to us.
Good wine has so many mysterious complex characters and applications, with social, and life style implications.
Over time, I have attempted to discover why good wine is so much more than just something awesome drink.
Why does the shape of the glass affect how we perceive the flavor? How can a wine that smells sweet taste dry? Why does some wine go so well with certain types of food? How can perception of flavor be affected by season, circumstance and temperature? Why does climate, soil type, region and wine making style affect the flavor of wine?
Obsessed with understanding this I have put in about 5,000 hours to pull it apart, reconstruct it and find out why the final truth of, “Do I like this wine?”in so many ways is the ultimate, basic question, and the answer!
Understanding wine, food matching and our human response to flavor, can be life changing and very exciting.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert I can guarantee that I will be able to make your day fun, informative and delicious.
As an owner-operator I am able to offer a number of services that bigger companies may not be able to.
For example – while you are on tour with Vintage Connections we build a personal ‘wine profile’ of you/and or your group.
This enables us to continue to deliver the perfect day for you now, and in the future.
Tour with Vintage Connections, because we know how to find you wines that you will love.
Let me share my knowledge, excitement and connections with you!
Bryan Hampton – Your Ultimate Local Private Wine Tour Guide