TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, treats wine lovers worldwide by unveiling the best rated wine tours not only across the world but across Australia and New Zealand, according to travellers on TripAdvisor. Between Yarra Valley and the beautiful west coast of Auckland to tranquil Californian and Tuscan vineyards, these wine tasting tours will make your trip unforgettable.
“It’s no surprise Australia and New Zealand feature highly in the top 10 best rated wine tours worldwide with our spectacular scenery and ideal climate,” commented Joanne Kershaw, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “Combining travel with great wine and local produce is a great way to explore a new destination. There’s no shortage of choice when it comes to researching Wine Tours on TripAdvisor and you can book in advance to ensure you don’t miss out!”
Wine tours: Australia and New Zealand conquer the World Top 10!
Australian and New Zealand wine tours are being recognised across the globe hosting two positons in the World Top 10: Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours, Melbourne in 4th and Bubbly Grape Wine Tours, Blenheim in 7th. Australia and New Zealand wineries are making waves amongst US and European counterparts.
To the discovery of Australian and New Zealand wines
No. 1 across Australia and New Zealand is Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours, Melbourne showcasing the delights of the sought after Yarra Valley! The top 10 list also includes other renowned wine regions including Hunter Valley and Marlborough, but also the likes of Margaret River, where delicious local produce is also being recognised by travellers. Across the list, all regions can boast wine tasting proposals that are appreciated by travellers world-wide.
“We're thrilled to be acknowledged as the number one TripAdvisor Wine Tour operator throughout Australia and New Zealand and number four on the world list!” said winner Vinetrekker’s Tour Director, Paul Robinson. “It's a great reward for the Vinetrekker team and all our suppliers. To be recognised in this way confirms for us that we need to continue to offer a product that doesn't compromise on quality.”
If you are looking for the perfect wine get-away, here is a rundown of Australia and New Zealand’s best wine tours and for those trips abroad, check out the top 10 world list!
- Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours – Melbourne
With a combined total of 80+ years of wine-touring experience, Vinetrekker offers a variety of different food and wine tours, suitable for any traveller. The Yarra Valley Food and Wine Day Trip includes travelling to a variety of vineyards, whilst being transported through beautiful scenic routes of Melbourne. Bookable on TripAdvisor starting from $195.00 AU.
TripAdvisor Review Comment: “We had a wonderful day roaming around the Yarra Valley. Our guide, Stephen, was an absolute delight and we had an absolute ball. If you're looking for a great day trip, I couldn't recommend this more”.
- Bubbly Grape Wine Tours – Blenheim
Located in the beautiful Marlborough region of New Zealand, Bubbly Grape offers wine tours that highlight the Marlborough region. Each tour recognises and highlights how the local wines of the region are produced and showcases why they are recognised globally.
TripAdvisor Review Comment: “The wineries and the wines were great and the tour guide was not only knowledgeable in relation to the wines but also other little niche businesses along the journey. A great experience in an area that grows and makes exceptional wines”.
- McLeod Tours – Margaret River
McLeod Tours highlights the remarkable natural surrounds of the Margaret River region, whilst also showcasing the delicious local produce that the region has to offer. With 30 years’ experience in the touring business, the family business will have you feeling like a local after you leave.
TripAdvisor Review Comment: “Definitely the best wine Tour Company in the Margaret River region. Sharing lots of local knowledge and shown a great respect from each winery we visited, the McLeod family are the nicest people you could ever meet. A tour not to be missed! In fact we have taken friends & family on 7 occasions!”
- NZWINEPRO - Auckland Wine Tours - Auckland
NZ Wine Pro Auckland Wine Tours visit a variety of scenic vineyards located in the West Auckland regions as well as Matakana and Waiheke Island. Each tour is amended specifically to the location, highlighting the scenery, the location and the wines on offer.
TripAdvisor Review Comment: “By far one our favorite adventures in Auckland! My husband and I took a private coast to coast tour. We saw so many sites that we would have never seen! Our tour guide John was extremely knowledgeable and has a great persona. We would gladly recommend this tour to anyone visiting”.
- Highlight Wine Tours - Blenheim
A locally owned wine tour that highlights the Marlborough wine region. Highlight Wine Tours offers a wealth of local knowledge and experience, whilst taking travellers around to sample some of the best Marlborough wines available. Treat yourself to a Classic Mustang Tour, cruising around wineries in an Iconic 1960’s American Classic.
TripAdvisor Review Comment: “My wife and I do a lot of cruising and, when visiting wine producing parts of the world, we always endeavour to arrange wine tours. The Highlights Wine Tour, which picked us up at the port in Picton, was, without exception, the best wine tour we have ever taken”.
- Auckland Wine Trail Tours – Auckland
Auckland Wine Trail tours specialise in personalised day and half day scenic wine tours that are 100% New Zealand owned and operated. Most of the tours highlight the beautiful West Coast of Auckland, showcasing hand-picked and exclusive to the cellar door wines.
TripAdvisor Review Comment: “We had a great day with John on the Wine and waterfalls tour. The tour was very relaxed, informative and varied as we travelled around Auckland. John was flexible, allowing us plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The drive was comfortable and the wineries we visited were amazing”.
- Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours - Melbourne
Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours specialises in small personal wine and food tours to the Yarra Valley wine region. The day trip not only stops off at local wineries, but also includes a visit to Yarra Valley Dairy where travellers get the chance to taste an assortment of hand-made cheeses.
TripAdvisor Review Comment: “From the minute we stepped on the Coach to the minute we alighted at the end of the day, we experienced nothing but joy, elegance and a sense of being thoroughly looked after and spoilt. It will go down as being one of the most memorable and special things I have done in my life”.
- Kangarrific Tours – Hunter Valley
Located in Australia’s oldest wine growing region, this tour is a must for any traveller searching for food, wine and history. Kangariffic Tours offers an itinerary like no other, with not only beautiful wine but also delicious food. Relax with your morning tea and watch as kangaroos and koalas graze past at the Walkabout Wildlife park stopover.
TripAdvisor Review Comment: “We could not be happier with our choice to do this tour. Sam was incredibly knowledgeable, hilarious, and able to customize the tour to our group. Not only do you get A LOT of wine tastings but he sets up cheese, chocolate, and beer tastings to break it all up”.
- All Hunter Wine Tours – Rothbury
Hunter Wine Tour consists of a full day tour that transports travellers around to visit 5 different boutique quality wineries as well as giving travellers the chance to try local gourmet cheese and chocolate.
TripAdvisor Review Comment: “Michael was a great tour guide, friendly and wanted us to relax and enjoy our time. He took us to wineries that were boutique and private. Stunning views, wine, food and great company”.
- Zepher Tours – Sydney
Zepher Tours provides groups of friends with a variety of different tours located around the Hunter Valley. Packages can be tailored to suit individual needs and suit budgets, with each tour bringing great stories, music and wine.
TripAdvisor Review Comment: “I highly recommend this tour to anyone, regardless of your wine preference and exposure to wine drinking. The variety, quantity of wine tasted, quality of lunch, fun thrills in the distillery and chocolate factory make your every cent worthwhile”.
Best Wine tours: World
- Squire Livery Tours - California, USA
- Wine Tour in Tuscany - Siena, Italy
- Santorini Wine Adventure Tours - Fira, Greece
- Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours – Victoria, Australia
- Seattle Wine Tours - Washington, USA
- Tuscan Wine Tours by Grape Tours – Florence, Italy
- Bubbly Grape Wine Tours - Blenheim, New Zealand
- Rustic Vines – Bordeaux, France
- Cape Town Wine Tours – Milnerton, South Africa
- Trout & Wine Tours - Mendoza, Argentina
*All tours must have at least 20 reviews. Wine tours are filtered to only those in the Wine Tours & Tastings and Wineries & Vineyards attraction categories. Ranking is a combined score of average user rating and the total number of reviews, with more recent reviews given a higher weight.