Looking for a gift that will stand out from the crowd this Christmas? Spoil your loved ones with something that will last a lifetime (and no, we don’t mean a lifetime’s supply of wine, though that would also be a fantastic and rather generous gift).
We’re talking about experience gifts, a trend as old as gift giving itself but one that is making a real resurgence in recent years.
Hunter Valley experience gifts are so wonderful because they bring people together through a shared passion for great wine and good food, creating memories that can last a lifetime. But enough sappy stuff - let’s get down to the fun!
From wine tastings at our vibrant pods to Cellar Door tours through the barrel rooms and vines of the Hunter, we’ve collated the best winery experience gifts for every wine lover or foodie this Christmas.
Here, we look at some of the best Cellar Door wine tasting experiences to inspire you for the gift giving season.
For the curious wine drinker who loves a bit of banter, Taste is the perfect gift to give this Christmas. Walking into the Cellar Door, they’re greeted by a member of our Cellar Door Cru and escorted to a pod overlooking the Terrace and its picturesque Hunter Valley view.
We begin with a relaxed chat about palate preferences, seasonal pairings and all things Hunter Valley wineries. With a corresponding tasting card to keep track of all the important details, our experienced staff guide a tasting of 7 premium selection Brokenwood Varietal and Single Vineyard wines, from our favourite 2022 Semillon right through to our delicious 2017 Sticky Wicket Semillon dessert wine.
Who it’s perfect for: Wine lovers and wine novices alike - Taste can cater to each person’s preference and depth of knowledge.
Party size: 1-8 guests
Duration: 45 minutes
Experience times: 11am-4pm Weekdays | 10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday
Price: From $25 per person
Just like our Taste experience but with some extra-tasty delicacies, Match is your resident foodie’s match-made-in-heaven.
Sitting down to a carefully crafted pod tasting, guests are guided through an elevated pairing experience featuring some of Brokenwood’s finest wines and most delicious farm-to-table bites.
A tasting of 6 premium Brokenwood wines is led by a member of our Cellar Door Cru, who dissects the poignant notes and features of each sip alongside perfectly matched bite-sized canapés.
This is the ideal gift for those who enjoy a little bit of fancy within our relaxed Hunter Valley Wine Country.
Who it’s perfect for: Foodies who appreciate the finer things in life.
Party size: 1-8 guests
Duration: 45 minutes
Experience times: Daily
Price: From $66 per person
Just like it sounds, Journey takes your special someone on a fabulous ride through the inner workings of our Hunter Valley winery for the ultimate wine tasting experience.
Upon arrival, they’re welcomed by a private Brokenwood host to walk them through our Cellar Door for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour and tasting. A sumptuous food and wine flight is then served in our private tasting room, which features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Brokenwood’s impressive barrel room.
Guests are then guided through an insightful viewing tour of our Graveyard Vineyard, before returning to our Cellar Door for a pre-release wine tasting straight from the barrel.
Treat your gift recipient to this most magical Hunter Valley food, wine and vineyard journey, one of our most popular experiences at Brokenwood.
Who it’s perfect for: Wine enthusiasts interested in the inner workings of wineries and the longstanding history of our Cellar Door.
Party size: 1-4 guests
Duration: 2 hours
Experience times: 11am daily
Price: From $120 per person
Spanning multiple vineyards in the region, Icons of the Hunter showcases the finest in food, wine and Cellar Door history for a quintessential Hunter Valley experience.
Each winery hosts their own signature wine experience, including tastings, pairings and tours. Guests can truly immerse themselves into the culture of Hunter Valley wine country as they enjoy premium vintages, delicious food and captivating insights into each winery’s history and wine making processes.
Who it’s perfect for: Those seeking a varied full-day Hunter Valley vineyard and Cellar Door experience.
Party size: 1-4 guests
Duration: 6 hours
Experience times: 10am-4pm daily
Price: From $281 per person
From the roots of our vineyards to the perfected products crafted by generations of Brokenwood winemakers, Soil to Cellar delivers a truly magical and unique experience that simply can’t be found anywhere else.
Immersive and intimate, this VIP experience allows guests exclusive access to our iconic Graveyard Vineyard. Walking through the luscious vines, one can almost hear whispers of legendary stories passed down through generations of Brokenwood winemakers and viticulturists. It’s a sensory feast of excellent wine and deep history rolled into rows of breathtaking greenery.
The party’s private host then guides a tasting of our flagship 2019 Graveyard Shiraz, which sits in the top echelon of Australian wine and is consistently acknowledged as the best single site shiraz in New South Wales. It’s a rare opportunity to taste such a vintage within its own cellar - a true soil-to-cellar indulgence that will never be forgotten.
Who it’s perfect for: Wine aficionados with a passion for Hunter Valley vineyards and a genuine appreciation for the vine-to-glass winemaking process of fine vintages.
Party size: 2-6 guests
Duration: 4 hours
Experience times: 11am-3pm on request
Price: From $1,260 per person
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Why endure long department store queues and never-ending car park circling when you can buy the best gifts of all online? Our Hunter Valley experiences are the perfect present for every wine lover and foodie this festive season, and they’re only a few clicks away.
Book your experience gift on our website to spoil your loved ones this Christmas.
Not sure about a date yet? Our Brokenwood Gift Vouchers can be redeemed for all of the above experiences at a time and date that suits your recipient. Available in values of $50-$200, our gift vouchers can be used online and in-store, meaning your special someone can also come home with well-deserved souvenirs (aka bottles) after their tasting experience.
Give an experience gift this Christmas and share the joy of our stunning and unique Hunter Valley Cellar Door.
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