Vintage Connections
Vintage Connections
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Multi-day ToursDistillery ToursBeer Tastings & ToursPrivate ToursWine Tours & Tastings
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
About
Discover great wines and uncover fantastic hidden gems. Vintage Connections is perfect for beginners and connoisseurs of fine wine. Our connections in the area allow us to have access to behind the scenes privilege. We provide an exceptional personalised experience. Travel in luxury and style in a modern Mercedes Benz. We do half day (4 hour) private wine tours, full day (7 hour) private wine tours and a two day private tours and transfers package. Half price after hours transfers available to wine tour participants. Our tours are totally flexible with options to include Gourmet Food, Cheese and Wine, Chocolate and Wine, Gin and Wine, Cocktails and Wine, organic wine's, Grape Stomping and more. We have a specific emphasis on quality and luxury with a dedicated focus on high end customer service. We have great standard tour inclusions with many add on options.
Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia

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Luke5555
Sydney10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Outstanding!! to say the least. Bryan was amazing, even after I mixed up the dates on the tour - as I booked the following week. He was very accommodating and able to get to us in a short amount of time, and was able to make changes to the itinerary prior to picking us up. He has great local knowledge and great connections across the hunter region and the wine industry, which help with the selection of wineries and getting a little off the beaten track. We would highly recommend Bryan and Vintage Connections to anyone visiting the Hunter Valley for a tour and/or wine tasting.
Written 28 January 2024
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Hi Luke and family! Thank you so much for reviewing your Vintage Connections private wine tour experience. Wow! It was a bit of a wild ride at the start, but we got it together! We had a few things working against us, including that two of the four Cellar Door bookings were private tastings at places that are normally not open on a Tuesday.. Luck was also with us! I was on the way back from Nundle, (a 4 hour drive) and I was literally 20 minutes from home when you called at 1:10pm wondering why I had not come to collect you.. One week early! With the help of ‘Siri’ and Google hands free combined with local knowledge and connections, we managed to put the tour itinerary together by the time I came to collect you and were on time for our 2pm tasting! Whew!! A huge thank you to Bonvilla (Carrianne) for opening the cellar door for us, to Tulloch (Rebecca) for shifting our booking time and to Hanging Tree (Uncle Ken) for taking our late notice end of the day booking. 🤗. Thanks so much for highly recommending Vintage Connections, Luke! It means the world to us! I sincerely hope that we see you again soon… Let’s double check our dates next time! 😉. Warm regards Bryan
Written 29 January 2024
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michelle a
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I booked a half day tour with Bryan from Vintage Connections for my husband and I.
I had previously been on a couple of tours however this was my husbands first and in his words "a complete virgin to this".
While he loves a beer and wine not on his radar, our knowledge was instantly opened up to the whole world of wine making. Bryan shared his knowledge and scince of wine on the way to our first stop which gave us a great start on how to taste wine and opened our eyes. The locations were picked based on the information I provided at the start and they were perfect!! He really took the time to make sure this tour was suited to us.
It was hands down the best tour I have been on in the Hunter Valley. By the end of it we went home with some great wine and we look forward to sharing them and remembering the time we had.
I couldn't recommend Bryan and Vintage Connections enough (even to a beer drinking bloke who doesn't like wine!)
Written 27 January 2024
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Hi Michelle and Ben! What a great day! We absolutely love the opportunity to customise our tours to the needs of our guests. In your case with one of you having had some Hunter wine tour experience and one with no connections to wine and what it is about, the tour design very much needed to grow along with a level of education. Thank you so much for being receptive to such a lot of information. Our plan was to hopefully provide some cross over between a pure Beer man and a Wine lover, and I believe that we did indeed achieve this. I am actually super impressed that Ben enjoyed and could see the application for the HAE Elbourne Shiraz. I would love to see has face the day it gets opened to accompany a fine cut of perfectly cooked steak.. Next level tasty as the protein and fat open up the closed Tannin Molecules, and everything goes to velvety, silky deliciousness. Mmmmm. YUM. Right from the start, our business model has had customer service built into the way in which we plan your tour. Your tour was a challenge gratefully accepted. As a person who had done other Hunter Valley wine tours, thank you also, Michelle, for voting us the best in your experience. You will be welcome back anytime! We might see if we can track down a Beer and Cheese pairing! I look forward to hearing your stories of food, wine, and flavor! Warm regards Bryan
Written 29 January 2024
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Adam
Perth, Australia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
My wife and I were lucky enough to have Bryan take us on a private winery tour around the Hunter and we couldn’t have picked better… We learned so much not only from the wineries but also Bryan himself and the cellar doors we stopped at were well chosen and beautiful.

Definitely Bryan to sort out a cheese board too, it was a highlight!

Thanks Bryan!
Written 10 January 2024
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Hi Aradnell92 Thank you so much for reviewing your Vintage Connections Private Tour experience. You are right that there is a huge number of options for a wine tour in the Hunter Valley.. We also feel that you picked well - It was a pleasure to host you! 🤗. It is so awesome that you came on tour with a strong desire to learn more about the Hunter and our wonderful wines. Thank you for allowing me to tailor your tour to your tastes. Our relationships with so many of the lesser known, passionate boutique producers is something that we hold dear and love to share. I am so glad that we got to show some of them to you. Ah yes... Platters, Platters, Platters, There are some exceptional cheese and Charcuterie platters about in the Valley. Wine tasting and a platter is just SO good!😍. It was such a pleasure to meet you. I hope that we see you again soon. Warm regards Bryan
Written 28 January 2024
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Leola B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Wow, thank you Bryan😃

The photos are a great reminder of a wonderful day. You have much to be proud and enthusiastic about in this gorgeous location and we thank you so very much for sharing them with us.
I was able to get the photos downloaded 😃 They are great. Please extend our most heartfelt thanks as well to the great folks who plied us with great wines. 😜

We will be sure to spread the word of your great tour and terrific Hunter Valley Wineries to all our friends and those we meet on our travels.

Thanks again for the wonderfully informative and interesting tour as well as the great company for the day😃

Cheers, Leola and Craig
Written 28 November 2023
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Hi Leola and Craig! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such an awesome review! So glad that you loved the photos. They make it so real and give you memories to hold on to. Good wine is about great experience in so many ways. It was such a pleasure to introduce you to some of my Hunter Valley 'family'. I am certain that they will remember you very fondly. You guys are experienced travellers and I am absolutely stoked that you enjoyed your tour with us. The fact that you came to us through a recommendation on a cruise ship makes my tail wag! I hope that we have a chance to see you again sometime. Travel safe and enjoy great wine! Warmest regards Bryan
Written 29 November 2023
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Paula W
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We first used Bryan late last year, and booked him again for our recent visit.
We visited a host of (new to us) cellar doors, mainly small independent producers making some really great wine.
Bryan is the best.
Written 4 October 2023
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Naww.. thank you so much guys. Your review serves as a reminder to us of why we do what we do. Thank you. We value all of our customers as V.I.P.'s, but it is always so exciting to have repeat guests! Part of the reason that we keep the photos that we take for you in our files is as a reference point for future tours. With over 200 cellar doors to choose from, combined with our email communication, it becomes a useful resource to enable us to take you to more places that you will love. I am so glad that you enjoyed your tour and found some new wines. I have many more cellar doors to share with you! I hope that we see you again! Warmest regards Bryan
Written 29 November 2023
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Daniel R
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Bryan recently took my wife and I along with our three kids (10,8,4) on a half day tour of some amazing Hunter wineries. He organised a custom platter made by the 'platter queen' for our kids on the third winery and to say they were impressed is an understatement. We found him very knowledgeable and easy to chat with.
Would highly recommend Bryan if you are looking at booking a tour with a personal touch.
Written 30 August 2023
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Hi Daniel and Family! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review of your experience of your Vintage Connections private Hunter Valley wine tour. It was a pleasure to meet you all. We always love putting together personalised custom wine tours for our guests. I'm so pleased that the plan to take care of the kids appetites with an awesome platter went so well. The 'Platter Queen' definitely excelled and will be the first option in the future when we are faced with similar requirements. Your children are lovely and a fabulous testament to you and Michelle. I am very pleased that we found you some fantastic wines to take home. I sincerely hope that we get the chance to do it all again sometime in the future. Warm regards Bryan
Written 30 August 2023
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Funwith3-3
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
Our group of six 40 and 50 year old ladies loved this private tour with Bryan. Thank you for making it an enjoyable Hunter experience. Bryan took photos for us throughout the day, packed our purchases and ensured we had a great day. Although we chose most of our own wineries, Bryan has some fabulous suggestions which make the trip well worth it. We would love to book with Bryan again!
Written 5 July 2023
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Hi Funwith! Well named! What a pleasure it is to tour with wine loving folks who also love the amazing Hunter Valley! Yes indeed, there are about 200 cellar doors in our lovely Hunter Valley.. You will be welcome back ANYTIME and perhaps we can make some more suggestions..😉. Thank you for touring with us! Warm regards Bryan
Written 14 July 2023
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Allison P
Wollongong, Australia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Friends
Great afternoon exploring the Hunter and some beautiful wineries with Bryan. Amazing tour with a great tour guide who is very knowledgeable and knows his way around. Booking with Bryan was fantastic as we were able to find, discover and enjoy wineries that are off the beaton track and well worth the visit. Our tour was perfect for our group and met all expectations. Our last stop at Eagles Rest was the groups ultimate favourite, we could have spent a full day there and all the wines were just divine. We would not have been able to visit this special place if we had not booked with Bryan as it is not open to the wide public. Thank you Bryan for a great day with many memories made.
Written 7 June 2023
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Ha Ha! Vintage Vantage! I love it! Thank you so much! The Vintage Connections advantage. Super secret wineries! It sounds like you put in some effort to find a tour that suited your needs - Thank you so much for finding and enjoying what we offer. Absolutely rapped that we managed an experience that met all of your expectations. That is our happy place. It is sometimes difficult to place some of the amazing experience's into the day in a way that keeps the tour flowing.. Some places are just so good that you don't want to leave. We love that! Unfortunately we don't always have access to these experience's as it depends on the availability of the farmers and wine makers.. Please do come again and we will find you some more hidden gems! Warmest regards Bryan
Written 3 July 2023
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Paula C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Friends
Most amazing custom wine tour. We would never have found out about the wine tastings we were taken to. Bryon has so much knowledge and thought of every detail. Highly recommend.
Written 3 June 2023
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Hi Paula and crew Thank you so much for reviewing your experience. Our tours are all customised to our guests and the result is what keeps us going with a model that takes more effort. Thank you so much for loving wine and loving the Hunter Valley! We have so much more to show you! Looking forward to seeing you again! Bryan
Written 3 July 2023
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Tim L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Bryan was an exceptional guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. He put together a customised tour for us and we loved every minute of it. Would highly recommend.
Written 25 May 2023
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Thank you so much for finding the time to review your tour! Thank you also for being keen on a customised private tour that suited your needs. We LOVE working with our guests to prepare a tour that is worth loving 'every minute of the day!' Every guest, Every tour, Every experience. Gold Gold Gold. Our happy place is your satisfaction with your tour. 🤗. Thank you so much for coming out with us on a private Hunter Valley wine tour. PLEASE DO come again! Warm regards Bryan
Written 3 July 2023
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