New South Wales - bush meets the vines

Travel by helicopter over Sydney Harbour to the Hunter Valley, stay in luxury boutique accommodation amongst the vines, meet local winemakers and chefs to sample the best food and wine experiences that the region has to offer. New South Wales - bush meets the vines
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New South Wales bush meets the vines

  • Five days
  • New South Wales

Travel by helicopter over Sydney Harbour to the Hunter Valley, stay in luxury boutique accommodation amongst the vines, meet local winemakers and chefs to sample the best food and wine experiences that the region has to offer.


 

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Start in Sydney, dining at the trendiest and hip restaurants with young gun chefs at the helm
  • Explore the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region, known for its Semillon and Shiraz
  • Wine and dine your way through the Hunter region’s best wineries and award-winning restaurants
  • Dates: Before event program

Nathan Sasi and Mat Lindsay are the rising star chefs of Sydney’s exciting and edgy food scene. Dine at their restaurants located in Sydney’s buzzy precincts before heading to the Hunter Valley. Set against the rugged backdrop of the Brokenback Range, the Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region and is home to distinctive wine varietals including Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. The Hunter Valley features 150 cellar doors, more than any other wine region in Australia. It offers award-winning restaurants, boutique accommodation, wildlife spotting, championship golf courses and extravagant spas.

 

DAY 1: NATHAN SASI’S SYDNEY

Mercado Restaurant, Sydney, New South Wales

Morning
Enjoy lunch at Mercado Restaurant. Chef Nathan Sasi has worked for some of the top chefs in Australia and around the world including Neil Perry and Heston Blumenthal. This Spanish-influenced restaurant has a nose-to-tail ethos. Nathan hand-makes the cheeses, pickles, sourdough bread, butter, and cured charcuterie meats featured on the menu.

Afternoon
After lunch, check into The Old Clare Hotel, housed in a former brewery and located in the new art and food precinct of Chippendale. Stop by White Rabbit Gallery for their huge collection of contemporary Chinese art and the finest Chinese and Taiwanese tea at their teahouse. 

Evening
Meet for a pre-dinner cocktail at Bar Chinois, a French-Asian fusion bar with a twist of hip and chic. Dine at Ester Restaurant where head chef Mat Lindsay fires up an enormous wood-fired oven to create dishes that are beautifully-paired with biodynamic wines. 

 

DAY 2: FROM THE HARBOUR TO THE VINES

100 metre meal at Margan Estate, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Morning 
Soar above Sydney Harbour in a helicopter taking in magnificent views of Sydney’s spectacular coastline as you travel to the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region, located just 50 minutes north of Sydney by air.   

Afternoon
Land at the family-owned Margan Wines and enjoy a memorable lunch amongst the vines in the Broke Fordwich wine region of the Hunter Valley. Hosted by owner-operators Lisa and Andrew Margan, the 100 Metre Meal features ingredients grown within 100 metres of the table, and select vintages from the Margan vineyard. 

Evening 
Check in at the newly refurbished Sebel Kirkton Park. Dine at Esca Bimbadgen, situated high on a hill overlooking the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country. Head chef Michal Blank combines Mediterranean and global influences to bring bold seasonal flavours to the menu.

 

DAY 3: TASTING THE GOOD LIFE 

Muse Restaurant, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Morning
Enjoy the morning at leisure. Later meet Bruce Tyrrell from Tyrrell’s Wines, fourth generation winemaker, and enjoy a vertical tasting of premium Hunter Valley Semillon. One of the oldest vineyards in Australia, Tyrrell’s is renowned for its aged Semillon which has been called ‘Australia’s gift to the world’.

Afternoon
Located at Hungerford Hill Winery, Muse Restaurant features seasonal and quality produce on its contemporary Australian menu. Join a special chef’s table lunch with Muse chef Troy Rhoades-Brown who uses his creativity in the kitchen to showcase the region’s artisan produce. 

Evening
Set amongst native bushland, Spicers Vineyard Estate is the perfect Hunter Valley retreat. Tonight, dine at Restaurant Botanica which has stunning views of the estate vines and Brokenback Range in the distance. The biodynamic vegetable garden is the source of many herbs and vegetables that add a wholesome and healthy dimension to the dishes.  

 

DAY 4: A DAY AMONGST AWARD-WINNING WINERIES

Vineyards, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Morning
Today you’ll taste some fine Hunter wines and meet winemakers. Drop into Brokenwood to taste their famous Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz and highly acclaimed ILR Reserve Semillon. Next stop is at Thomas Wines where award-winning winemaker Andrew Thomas has more than two decades of experience making fine wines.  

Afternoon
Enjoy lunch at Bistro Molines where veteran French chef Robert Molines shows why he’s a Hunter Valley stalwart. Savour an after-lunch digestif at Hunter Distillery, known for its unique lemon myrtle vodka and award winning Copperware Gin. This is just one of the certified organic distilleries in the Hunter. 

Evening
Freshen up before dining in one of the Hunter’s beautiful hidden gems, EXP Restaurant. Headed up by chef Frank Fawkner, this very stylish restaurant has a menu featuring dishes from Earth, Sea, Land and Sky with a focus on locally-sourced produce.

 

DAY 5: DEPARTURE

Morning
Enjoy brunch at Café Enzo, set in a pretty Tuscan- inspired alfresco courtyard. Before departing for Sydney, stop by First Creek wines for a tasting with Liz Silkman, named Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year in 2016.

Afternoon
Arrive in Sydney and onward departure.