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“Wine Tasting with Richard”
Review of Wine Country Tours

Wine Country Tours
Ranked #3 of 93 Food & Drink in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Your host is Richard Everett, the only Oenologist (or winemaker) conducting a small group or private wine tour of the Hunter Valley Wine Country. His guests get a unique behind the scenes insight into how the best wines of the Hunter Valley are made, with private guided tastings of the top wines at the best & most interesting of the 140+ wineries. Richard conducts the wine tastings, not the sales staff at the wineries, so you are spared the heavy sales pitch of their commercial wines & get to experience many wines not offered to the general public. Morning tea is at the famous Peppers Guesthouse & lunch is at the award winning Muse Cafe. Tours are available ex Sydney or from within the Hunter Valley.
Reviewed 30 May 2014

A very enjoyable day from the start. Richard ensures his guests feel relaxed in each other's company from the off. This is a personal guided tour - very informative but tailored to suit the groups understanding and desires for the day. Bespoke pick ups from Sydney or locally from the Hunter Valley as was our case. No sales pressure and it's all about the wine and discovering what suits you. Very good knowledge of the best places to visit when on tour. The vineyards we visited and lunch location were all top quality. Bravo Richard thanks for a great day and to our fellow tasters who it was great to meet and enjoy your company.

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Quite simply, this was the best wine tour/tasting that we have ever experienced. The trip from Sydney to the Hunter Valley was comfortable for the six guests in the mini-van (three disparate couples). Richard was prompt on the pick-up from our accommodation and made sure that full introductions were made, so conversation was easy. After a pleasant stop for morning refreshments at Peppers, we started the serious part of the trip at Tyrrell's winery. In a private tasting room, Richard introduced us to a dozen wines from the Hunter Valley and other areas of Australia. This opportunity to taste and assess various wines from different regions under Richard's expert guidance was, for us, unique. Richard's knowledge and experience of wine, wine making and the wine industry as a whole is vast, and he shared this in a way that was entertaining and informative.
After a very nice lunch at Muse Kitchen (at which, after waiting to see what we all had ordered, Richard chose for each of us, individually, a suitable glass of wine to complement the food), we had another shorter (six wines), but equally interesting and informative, tasting at Hungerford Hill winery. Once again, Richard's knowledge of the wines, and the regions that each came from, added immensely to our enjoyment and understanding of the tasting.
This is not a rushed, try a bit of everything tour. Richard has a passion for wine and the process by which it arrives in a glass, and he thoroughly enjoys sharing that with his guests in a studied and though-provoking manner.
Very highly recommended.

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

We've been on wine tours in other places within the states, so we booked with Richard to get a "new" experience and he definitely delivered!! The 2 hr ride with him from Sydney was filled with great conversation, his knowledge of wine and how he challenging you truly think about what you are tasting along with the lunch selections were a true treat!!

Thank you Richard!!

Tamika H.

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

Our family took part in a private wine tour with Richard for my mum's 60th birthday, and we have never experienced a tour quite like this one. It was fantastic, in fact- the best in the Hunter! Richard was so informative and a pleasure to spend the day with. A memorable day tasting crisp whites, aged reds and eating the Hunter's finest produce at Muse Kitchen. Thanks again Richard for sharing your wealth of knowledge and making my mum’s 60th very special.

Thank Alyse U
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Richard is fabulous and professional. He is very timely when pick-up all his guests for the day of his Wine country tour. Exceptional experienced with special arrangement hosting his tour in an exclusive setting when sharing his deep knowledge of wines making and appreciation with all of us. The tour we went with Richard composed of 3 separate family - to a total of 9 plus Richard. His large People mover Ford was comfortable and Richard a very good driver as well. I am very pleased to have selected Richard - Wine Country tour for our trip. Thank you Richard.

Thank 680Elizabeth
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