– Park your vehicle at your accommodation and lock it up

– Load up on experience and wine-

– All tours, transport and transfers included, day and night 8.30am-10.30pm

– Pokolbin/Cessnock area only

– Activities/transfers outside Pokolbin/Cessnock available for additional charge

LOCK & LOAD WINE TOUR ITINERARY

Tour Times: 2 days 8:30am – 10:30pm each day
Wineries: 10 to 12
Lunches: By arrangement
Activities: By arrangement
Transfers: Included
Passengers: Maximum 8
Price: $1995.00AUD flat rate (lunch and activities additional)

OUR LOCK AND LOAD WINE TOUR INCLUDES

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

✓ A very experienced and entertaining local guide

✓ Travel in a modern luxury Mercedes Benz

✓ A superb lunch included

✓ Morning and evening transfers to local restaurants

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

✓ Change any cellar door visit for an activity – *Tour Price May Change

All tours are private tours

Beautiful wine, beautiful people, beautiful Hunter Valley

Start Tour:

Your Vintage Connections Lock and Load Tour begins from the moment we pick you up from your accommodation in our world class environmentally efficient, climate controlled Mercedes Benz.

Your tour guide will get to know you in order to help us to design what you want from your experience. Take advantage of our connections.

Our first wine tasting is generally booked in at 10-10:30am.

Transfers:

  • Pickup from your accommodation to start your tour

1st Winery:

After chatting with booking staff we will start you in the right place. As we get to know you during the day, your guide will be able to deliver a Vintage Connections tour that gives you the pleasure and satisfaction you were hoping for.

That right place may be a specialised boutique winery, or maybe you would like to start the day off with a balloon or helicopter ride. These are the type of things that we will ascertain when we first chat, allowing us to personalise your full itinerary.

2nd Winery:

A good recommendation for your second winery may be a cheese and wine matching tutorial (additional $15-25AUD per person).  This is an excellent way to learn more about cheese, wine and food matching.

Or we can continue to the next winery if that is your preferred option.

All the wineries we visit are boutique small batch production wineries that will supply tasting samples of fine wine.  Using our ‘connections’ we are confident we will find you wine and experience that you will love.

The time is now around 12:30pm.

It’s Lunch Time:

You have now sampled 15-20 high quality Hunter Valley wines, and are buzzing with excitement from the experience of the day so far.
It’s time for some food.

Enjoying a good meal, with good conversation and quality wine/beer is one of the greatest memory builders that life can offer.

We will take a relaxing break for lunch which will see us at our next winery in about one and a half hours.

There are a number of lunch time options:

  • A well sized ploughman’s lunch with a beautiful craft beer
  • A beautiful picnic hamper with a glass of quality wine
  • A comprehensive antipasto platter

You might like an incredible view, or a cool environment inside a mountain chamber filled with ambiance. You may prefer a ploughman’s lunch inside an active craft brewery. The cost of Ploughman’s lunch or Gourmet picnic on one day is included in the tour price.

We will chat with you to determine where we go for our lunch break.

We will connect you to a place that best suits your vision of your ideal Hunter Valley experience.

3rd, 4th and 5th Winery

Your guide now knows your preferences and what you hope to get from your tour with Vintage Connections, and has booked your next two venues.

With taste buds and palate beautifully explored you may like us to book another venue or to utilize our connections to ‘cherry pick’ some specific wines and wineries.

If there is still time left in your day we could visit other attractions such as:

  • Chocolate Factory;
  • Smokehouse;
  • Hunter Distillery where there is a range of organically certified, incredibly smooth delicious gin, schnapps and vodkas on offer;
  • Another brewery;
  • Scenic drive – 98% chance of seeing kangaroos in the wild

Transfers:

  • Return to your accommodation from your winery tour to freshen up before dinner.
  • We then return to pick you up at a nominated time to transfer you to your booked restaurant for a satisfying meal.

It’s Dinner Time:

During our time together we would have got to know your tastes when it comes to food. We would have booked you into a suitable restaurant for a Hunter Valley food experience.

Transfers:

  • Return to your accommodation from restaurant.

End Day 1:

At the end of day 1, we have got a much better understanding of your wine, food and fun preferences. This allows us to build on your personal wine, food and fun profile for day 2.

Passengers:

Maximum 8 guests

Price: 

$1995.00AUD flat rate

Lunch and activities additional

ACTIVITIES

Lock and Load Wine Tour

We are flexible. Replace one or more of your cellar door visits with an activity. Here are some activities you may wish to do. Want something else?

Let’s Chat

0407 33 66 84

Booking Form: Lock and Load Wine Tour

We will contact you directly regarding your required date, availability, and your Hunter Valley winery tour selections with Vintage Connections.

During the course of our communication with you, we will build your personal wine profile, allowing us to tailor the tour to suit your tastes.

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FAQS - Have You Got Some Questions?

All of our tours are available as private tours if minimum passenger requirements are met.

All transportation is included 8 am to 11 pm for your whole Lock and Load marathon.

If you have selected this tour as private, your child/children will be welcome. The presence of children may have an effect on venue choice. The enjoyment of your whole group is our priority.

A child safety seat can be provided with advanced notice.

Pets are not allowed on the tour as many cellar doors don’t allow pets and it is illegal to keep a pet in a secured vehicle with no one in attendance. Exceptions apply for Registered Companion Animals.

Many venues have designated smoking areas and provision will be made for your needs. As you would expect smoking is not allowed in the vehicle.

Lock and Load is a private tour. On this tour you have complete flexibility. Everything available in the Hunter District is at your fingertips. Please refer to the Itinerary for details.

As part of the affordable cost-structure of this tour, meals are not included in the price. However, Lock and Load two-day marathon provides you transport to and from ALL meals at the finest restaurants the Hunter Valley has to offer. Because time is on your side you even have access to wonderful restaurants outside the Pokolbin area.

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Testimonials

“My wife and I had the best day out with Bryan. We were completely blown away with how he engaged with us, his knowledge of the Hunter region, and how well we were received by the staff at every place he took us. Truly outstanding service. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough. Thanks Bryan. We will do this again!” John Parkes

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Just A Few Questions

You have booked with Vintage Connections and arrived in the Hunter for your much anticipated two day wine and food marathon and have a few questions…

“Hi, it’s Joe Winelover here. We checked into our accommodation last night and are raring to get into our experience – we’ve locked – now it’s time to load!”

“Fantastic Joe. It’s currently 7.45am. Are you still keen to kick off at a great breakfast restaurant and then move into a day of wine tasting?”

“We are, except for two of our group, who want to join us after breakfast.”

“No problem Joe. I will swing back to the accommodation and connect you all together at the time you choose. I have checked your group’s wine profile and I have selected the best winery to start you off. I am confident you will enjoy it and that it will also reset your palate for the full day of exciting wine tasting that lies ahead.

The winery tour will have you back at your accommodation in time to refresh and prepare for your evening activities – do you have anything in mind?”

“We are pretty sure that we will want to go out for dinner tonight and are hoping for some recommendations…”

“Too easy. During the day I will get to know you better and we will sort that out at around 4pm.”

“Also, there are some of us that want to go out to experience some craft beer after dinner – is that possible?”

“Absolutely! Just remember that the latest pick up I can do will see you back at your accommodation by 11pm. Do you have a plan for tomorrow?”

“We are not too sure about that at the moment…some of our group is interested in the history of the Hunter, and there is some interest in the local craft industry that we have heard about: olives and oil, smoked meats, cheese, that sort of thing…”

“That’s no problem Joe. We will work it out during the day. Will you be ready to go in 15 minutes?”

“Absolutely!”

“I am on my way so lock your vehicle and get ready to load up on experience and wine.