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Gourmet Wine Tours

Gourmet Wine Tours

This tour provides a quality wine & food tasting experience focusing on the very best the Hunter Valley has to offer. Our small group tours allow unique wine tasting in a relaxed & friendly atmosphere. More info.

Private Tour

Private Tours

Book your group on a diVine private tour and we can tailor a personalised tour to meet your needs. Visit wineries of your choice or let us design an itinerary to suit the mood of your day. More info.

 Private Charter Buses

Charter Services

Do you need group transport? Over the years our charter option has been ideal for groups needing transport to concerts, events, racecourses, airports, restaurants and weddings. More info.

From the blog...

diVine tours presents shiraz

The 2014 diVine tours shiraz is now bottled.2014 Shiraz

 

The fruit for this wine was sourced from the Somerset Vineyard – vines planted in 1968.  This small parcel of shiraz, 1.5 tons, was hand plunged daily in a stainless steel milk vat before maturation in new and old French oak barriques for 10 months.

A big thank you again to Matt Burton from Gundog Estate and winemakers Nick Conoughton and Harry Kingsman for their assistance in this project.

Tasting notes to come.  On sale July 2015.

Wine Review – 2011 Tulloch Semillon

2011 Tulloch SemillonGreat value!  That’s my first impression of this wine.   Only $16 from the Tulloch cellar door and even cheaper for members at $12.60 a bottle.

A mouth-watering, crisp, clean citrus explosion of joy.  The 2011 Tulloch Semillon  is a wine that is drinking exceptionally now with the ability to cellar for 5+ years.

diVine tours regularly visit Tulloch with their wine tours.  Our customers get to try lovely wines like this as well as ‘cellar door only’ wine such as the reserve Julia Semillon.

Include a visit to Tulloch in your next Hunter Valley experience.

October 2011

From the land

The vines in the Hunter Valley are now in full swing.  Lot’s of new shoots have brought some colour back to the vineyard.  We can now see embryo bunches on most varietals.  Let’s hope this wild weather settles as the vines enter their flowering stage.

2011 Ernest Hill Shareholders Shiraz

‘Good wine praises itself’

The feature Hunter Valley wine this month is the 2010 Ernest HillShareholders Shiraz.  I love visiting this boutique producer.  Everything is great: the wine, the people, the ambience.
At the 2011 Hunter Valley Wine Show, the 2010 Shareholders Shiraz took the trophy for ‘One year old dry red’.  This medium bodied wine is showing mulberry and blackberry characters and a hint of pepper spice.  Maturation in a combination of old and new French and American oak barrels has further enriched the wine displaying soft tannins and a lingering finish.
Short to medium cellaring.

‘A smiling face is half the meal’

The feature Hunter Valley restaurant this month isEmerson’s in Pokolbin.  This restaurant has been awarded  ‘2011 Best New Restaurant’ in the region and has also received a ‘Chefs Hat” from Australian Good Food and Travel Guide.   Emerson has provided a tasty spatchcock recipe on the diVine blog.  Click here.

Where to Stay

If you’re looking for somewhere special to stay for your next visit to the Hunter Valley, be sure to visit theRed Spice web page.  There are numerous accommodation options to suit a range of budgets in and around the Hunter region.

Keith Tulloch Cellar Door

What’s New

Keith Tulloch has opened their new cellar door.  This beautiful new complex overlooks the Brokenback range and is located on the corner of Deasys and Hermitage Road, Pokolbin,  There are three separate buildings; the winery, cellar door and restaurant.  The cellar door has four separate tasting areas.  There is the balcony with cushioned benches, the main room with leather lounges and  rustic timber tables, members room with fireplace and a private group room with a table big enough for 18 people.  Their restaurant is opening soon and with be run by the team from Muse restaurant.

‘I heard it through the grapevine’

Plans are underway for another iconic building in the Hunter Valley.  Eagles Rest is a new complex that will be built on the corner of McDonalds Rd and Oakey Creek Road.  The building will be set into the hillside and includes a winery, large dome-shaped barrel room, cellar door and restaurant.  The buildings will be guarded by a big eagle statue.  Plans are currently on display at Cessnock council.

 

Emerson’s – Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella

Ingredients  –  Serves 4

16 green prawns
12 fresh black mussels
16 fresh cockles
3 fresh squid
1 chorizo sausage
250g short grain rice
1ltr of chicken stock
200g smoked cured pork
1 Spanish onion
1 small red capsicum
2 cloves garlic
pinch of good saffron strands
salt & pepper to taste

Method:

Clean squid and slice into rings, peel prawns and devein, wash cockles and debeard mussels. In a medium paella pan or medium frying pan sauté the dice onion and crushed garlic on a medium heat. Add capsicum, chorizo, pork and sauté for another 5 minutes then add your rice, saffron and add ¼ of chicken stock. Keep adding the remaining stock and all the seafood until rice has absorbed all of the chicken stock. Season to taste and serve.

Octopus + Wine Cork

I had a lovely couple, John and Fran, on board my Gourmet Wine Tour this month.  During the day Fran mentioned she had discovered a recipe in a popular women’s magazine that boils octopus together with wine corks to make it really tender.

Curiosity got the better of me and on the return home I stopped by my local fish shop, (more…)

diVine wine tour

The next diVine wine tour date has been announced, Friday 25th November.  This is a once a season tour that you will not forget.

The tour includes a Champagne breakfast at Cuvee Restaurant, two course lunch at Margan Restaurant, and private tastings as some of the best producers in the Hunter Valley.

September 2011


diVine news

Spring is now here and bud burst has already begunBud burst .  I’ve noticed the new growth on a few Chardonnay vines around the Valley.  That’s not all that’s new!

A new web site

diVine tours has a new web site.   Our modernised site has more detailed and up to date information about the tours we operate.  (more…)

Semillon

The Hunter Valley is considered by many wine professionals as the best region in the world to grow semillon. Master of Wine, Jancis Robinson, writes “Hunter semillon is Australia’s unique gift to the wine world”.

Classic Hunter Semillon

This particular style of wine comprises the largest percentage of wine in my cellar.  It is a unique style of wine. Due to the climate, Hunter semillon develops flavour earlier than normal. These grapes are generally picked around late January with good natural acid and relatively low sugar levels.  The end result is a delicate crisp dry wine with citrus like characters and a long finish. (more…)

Welcome to the all new diVine Tours website!

Thanks for visiting the all new diVine Tours website! Our new site features an all new look for diVine Tours plus a blog and a few other bits and pieces.

For those of you that don’t know, diVine tours specialise in premium, small group Hunter Valley wine tours.  Our wine tours operate 7 days a week and are available for individuals, couples or group bookings. We offer complimentary pick up from your accommodation or place of residence within the local area.

For more information on diVine Tours, check out our Tours page. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us.

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