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All Ultimate Winery Experiences offer VIP opportunities to go behind the scenes, to discover the secrets behind some of Australia's great wineries and to take an in-depth journey into our diverse and picturesque wine regions. From guided tastings and winery tours to masterclasses and wine blending to helicopter flights and degustation dining, we've got a winery experience to suit every taste, budget and timeframe.
At the upper end of the treat scale, a selection of experiences for those extra special occasions where an above-average level of indulgence is called for. Of those, we've picked out six bucket-list-worthy, über-fabulous, unforgettable experiences that are worth saving up for. Get ready to say YES PLEASE...
St Hugo & Riedel Fine Wine Experience: St Hugo, Barossa Valley
St Hugo creates some of Australia’s most distinctive fine wines and pays tribute to its namesake Hugo Gramp, through its outstanding wines and elegant Barossa home. Established in 1756, Riedel has been producing glass in the heart of Europe for over 250 years. Together the two iconic brands have carefully curated a unique experience.
Guests will discover how the right glass and the right wine can express impeccable style. In this exclusive experience, be guided through a wine discovery, showcasing how glassware influences the taste and sensory enjoyment of the most premium wines. Delve into why a varietal specific wine glass is a critical component of enjoying wine to its fullest, followed by a degustation lunch created to match the outstanding St Hugo wines.
Once your culinary journey has concluded, select your favourite St Hugo wine variety, which will be delivered to your home with accompanying Riedel glassware.
The perfect way to toast this unforgettable experience.
Moorila's Posh-As Day at MONA: Moorilla, Tasmania
A luxurious day of wine and art at MONA kicking off with a Posh-Pit experience on the MONA high speed ferry, including complimentary Moorilla wine, Moo Brew beer, canapés and a private deck. Arriving at MONA, begin your exploration of the underground galleries before Moorilla’s Wine Ambassador summons you for a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Moorilla winery and vineyard. You’ll taste the wine as it’s being made and delve into the backstory of Moorilla, David Walsh and Claudio Alcorso, who planted Moorilla’s first vines. The tour includes an exclusive tasting of the best wines from Moorilla’s Cloth Label and Muse Series—decanted into fancy glassware, in the moody and glamourous surrounds of the subterranean tasting room. Includes a beautifully-packaged, complimentary bottle of Muse wine for you to take home.
The poshness continues with a delicious two-course lunch of seasonal local produce at one of MONA's stellar restaurants, with matched wines from Moorilla’s Cloth Label and Muse Series. The rest of the afternoon is yours to tour the museum before heading back to Hobart.
The Gem: Gemtree Wines, McLaren Vale
Join Mike Brown, Chief Winemaker, and Melissa Brown, Viticulturist, for a private and exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Gemtree’s 306-acre biodynamic vineyards.
Hear first hand how they’ve transformed Gemtree with biodynamic vineyard practices, restored a cleared piece of land to pre-European settlement status with the planting of over 50,000 native plant species, and visit the secluded centuries-old gum tree where the winery took its name.
Tour the winery and barrel room, enjoy a barrel tasting and end the tour with a private tasting of premium and museum wines with Mike and Melissa, whilst chefs from the celebrated Salopian Inn prepare your seasonally inspired degustation lunch under the trees.
Lunch will be matched with wines from the Premium and Museum range, personally selected by Mike.
At the conclusion of your experience, you will be presented with a limited release wine, a special memento of your Gemtree experience.
Penfolds Magill Estate VIP Experience: Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide
Join Penfolds Global Ambassador for a behind the scenes private look at Penfolds Magill Estate.
Commencing with a historical tour with a visit to the Grange Cottage, the original home of Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold before viewing the Magill Estate winery, vintage cellar and underground tunnels, where you will discover the gems hidden within.
You will experience a private back vintage tasting and barrel sampling in the Penfolds Winery before enjoying a five course degustation lunch with matching wines in a private setting.
Your experience also includes hotel/airport transfers in a luxury vehicle and each guest is given a personalised bottle of Penfolds Grange to take home.
Wine Essentials Day: Voyager Estate, Margaret River
Where better to learn about wine than at a Margaret River winery? Go behind the scenes at Voyager Estate to learn all aspects of winemaking, from vine to wine, on this fun and interactive one-day wine course.
Visit the vineyards to learn about grape growing, then wander through the winery to see the steps involved with winemaking.
Voyager's Sommelier will take you through wine tasting techniques and the basics of food and wine matching, followed by a delicious four-course wine-matched lunch in the Voyager Estate Restaurant.
Enjoy a day full of unique Voyager Estate experiences, including barrel tastings, exclusive access to technical staff, and a few surprises along the way.
VIP Soil-to-Cellar Experience: Brokenwood Wines, Hunter Valley
A rare opportunity to gain exclusive access to one of Australia’s most iconic vineyards and taste Brokenwood’s flagship Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, whilst enjoying a unique and personalized soil-to-cellar experience.
On arrival, you will be greeted by your personal host who will take you to Brokenwood’s private Graveyard Shiraz Tasting Room. Enjoy 3 uniquely garnished oysters from The Wood Restaurant, perfectly matched with 3 styles of premium Brokenwood Semillon.
You will then be guided behind the scenes on a detailed tour of the winery where you will learn the secrets of wine production before taking a closer look at the exceptional Graveyard Shiraz vines.
Enjoy an intimate fine dining experience seated in Brokenwood’s private dining room with a locally sourced 4 course degustation lunch and expertly matched award-winning Brokenwood wines. Conclude your experience with a gourmet grazing charcuterie platter amongst the wine barrels in the barrel hall and be one of the first to taste Brokenwood’s pre-release Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz.