Wine tasting in Australia and New Zealand with VIP Backpackers

Travelling to Australasia and fancy a dibble in the local plonk while you’re there? Well there’s no need to be a teetotaler in this part of the world as VIP Backpackers has some excellent wine tasting tours in Australia and New Zealand.

Sydney and the Hunter Valley
This region has been pivotal in Australia’s wine making history so make sure you go along and check it out. If not then just go along for the amazing scenery, the great wine and incredible food. There’s also plenty of mountain bike riding, horse riding and meals to be had here too! It’s a great day or weekend trip from Sydney. Click here for the full list of Hunter Valley wine tours.

99N – Hunter Valley
Head into the famed Hunter Valley and visit McWilliams Mount Pleasant Estate for a guided tour and tasting · Enjoy a sumptuous two course lunch complimented by Australian table wine (vegetarian meals available upon request) · Visit world renowned Lindemans for a private wine tasting and cheese platter ·Travel through the central and lower Hunter passing many famous wineries Continue to Hunter Valley Garden Cellars for futher wine tasting · Enjoy time at leisure at Hunter Valley Gardens village for additional wine tasting or visit the boutique shops. Discount off wine purchases.
2 Day Safari- Wildlife, Whales & Wine
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This 2 day safari runs from May to November and visits Port Stephens, the Hunter Valley and Newcastle. On day 1 we visit a local wildlife park where its hands-on contact with kangaroos, koalas, emus and other native and non-native animals. Then its a 3.5 hour whale watching cruise departing Port Stephens where we witness the annual migration of the mighty humpback whale and get close to resident dolphins. On day two we visit the best wineries in the Hunter Valley where we spend the day indulging in wine, cheese and chocolate tasting.
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Melbourne
The cool climate of this part of Australia produces magnificent wines with excellent fruity flavours. Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula will probably be on your itinerary anyway when you visit Melbourne so why not extend the viewing of stunning coast line and penguins to wine? Click here to see all Melbourne tours.

1 Day Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour
Hostel ImageSee all the world class attractions of Phillip Island in one day on this small group eco tour from Melbourne. Indulge yourself with wine tasting at The Phillip Island Winery and tasting of a range of Gippsland cheeses, see chocolates being made at the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and get up close to koalas at the Phillip Island Koala Conservation Centre. The highlight of your Phillip Island experience will begin at dusk as you watch the fairy penguins waddling up the beach into their burrows in the sand dunes.
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1 day Mornington Peninsula incl NP – Bunyip Tours
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Only one hour from Melbourne, the charming Mornington Peninsula showcases Victoria’s stunning natural treasures. See the stunning Point Nepean National Park, visit a prestigious winery and explore the famous strawberry fields of Sunny ridge farm (Nov-Apr). Lose yourself at Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, Australia’s oldest and largest maze.
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Perth and Margaret River
Viticulture is the largest primary industry in this region so you are spoilt for choice when it comes to visiting wineries. There are 150 wine producers and 5,500 hectares under vine. That means wine wine and more wine! Margaret River is renowned for chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet blends but the shiraz and sauvignon semillon blancs are well worth tasting too. Click here to see all Perth tours.

Swan Valley Wine Cruise
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As you glide along the smooth waters of the river your captain will show and explain to you highlights along the banks of the Swan. Sit back on the open deck or in air-conditioned comfort with restaurant style seating and taste a selection of West Australian wines. Learn about the ancient art of wine making and enjoy a delicious lunch at Chester’s Winery. Then, only a short coach trip away to the beautiful Houghton Vineyard for further wine tastings. Once the wine tasting is over, it’s off to the famous Margaret River Chocolate Factory – chocolate should always follow wine!
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Queenstown, New Zealand
While it may be better known as an adventure capital, Queenstown is also replete with wineries – there are actually some 74 to choose from. This fabulous wine producing region is renowned for its Pinor Noir. Click here for a full list of tours.

Boutique Wine Tour
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Join New Zealand’s International award winning wine tour company , Appellation Central Wine Tours, and discover the best Central Otago has to offer. Departing Queenstown at 12 noon, this tour offers a fantastic taste of Central Otago featuring the region’s boutique vineyards, the hidden gems of Central Otago. We visit four vineyards including a delightful vineyard lunch in Bannockburn. Max group size of 11 adults ensures a relaxed pace and fun tour.
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Original Wine Tour
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Join us for an in-depth introduction to local wineries with an option of purchasing a winery lunch. We allow plenty of time for sightseeing and wine tasting at a variety of vineyards just a short journey from Queenstown. Tour includes tastings at four wineries, an underground wine cave tour and a view of Queenstown’s original bungy jump.
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Hostels with wine tours

Sydney’s Jolly Swagman and Katoomba’s Flying Fox Backpackers also offer wine tasting options.

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