About Us

From the owner and operator of Vintage Connections.

Whether you are a beginner or an expert I can guarantee that I will be able to make your day fun, informative and delicious.

With Hunter Valley wine country right on my door step, I am a true local and I love what I do with a passion.

I have a great enthusiasm for what quality wine can offer.

Why does the shape of the wine glass affect how we perceive the flavor of a wine?

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 a particular variety of wine grape?

Good wine has so many mysterious complex characters.

Understanding wine, food matching and our human response to flavor, can be life changing and very exciting.

Over time, I have attempted to discover why good wine is so much more than just something to drink.

Obsessed with understanding the world of wine, I have put a lot of time into deconstructing and reconstructing wine appreciation.

My conclusion?

The very basic and only question that truly matters in regard to choosing a wine is – “Do I like this wine?”

However, understanding why we do or don’t like it, and under what circumstances we do or don’t like it, has an answer tied up in the truth that flavor appreciation is truly dynamic, complex and personal.

Flavor appreciation, when better understood, can make our lives a better place to be, every day.

Good wine can can help to take us there. Wine is FUN, wine is DELICIOUS, wine is PERSONAL. Good wine is AMAZING.

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. 

At Vintage Connections 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, and meet you where you are at in your wine journey.

Good wine and good experience flow together like honey and gold.

As an owner-operator I am able to offer a number of services that bigger companies may not be able to offer.

We build a personal ‘wine profile’ of you/and or your group as we discover these experiences together.

We build a story book of your experience and make it available for you to download.

Tour with Vintage Connections, because we know how to find you the wines that you will love.

Let me share my knowledge, excitement and connections with you!

Bryan Hampton – Your Ultimate Local Private Wine Tour  Guide

Vintage Connections

ALL OUR WINE TOURS INCLUDE

✓ Pick up and return to your Hunter Valley accommodation within the Pokolbin & Cessnock areas

✓ A very experienced and entertaining local guide

✓ Travel in a modern luxury Mercedes Benz

✓ Options for evening transfers to local restaurants

✓ Maximum 8 guests – this keeps the tour personal and flexible

All tours are private tours

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