While we might not be able to travel to wineries at the moment, there are lots of ways that we can do the wine tastings in the comfort of our own home! A number of wineries have introduced live and pre-recorded virtual wine tastings, so you have the perfect option for some weekend fun. Get a group together and meet up over Zoom for an experience you won’t forget.
If you ask us, wine is very much an essential during lockdown & home schooling, so it’s worth taking some time getting to know your favourites and discovering more about them. So if you’re looking for an excuse to catch up with some friends or celebrate an adult birthday, this is a brilliant option! Choose from a virtual wine tasting, and join an expert live, or take part in one of the pre-recorded tastings to learn a little more.
- Cambewarra Estate
- Coolangatta Estate
- Cupitt’s Wine
- Gartelmann Wines
- Handpicked Wines
- Printhie Wines
- Scarborough Wine Co
- Silos Estate
- Tractorless Vineyard
- Two Figs Winery
- Whispering Brook
This amazing vineyard in Jervis Bay embraces a combination of old knowledge and skills with new techniques to create natural farming systems that are more sustainable. And with it, they continue to produce award-winning wines, which you can now enjoy virtually. Tractorless Vineyard offer a number of virtual experiences where you can enjoy a number of samples of their wine and join winemaker Jeff as he virtually takes you through each one. From the Virtual sparkling wine series to private virtual staff guided wine tasting for 10 people, there’s a number of options for you to choose from.
- Website: tractorlessvineyard.rezdy.com
- Cost: from $55
Scarborough Wine Co
This wine tasting experience at home proved so popular in our 2020 lockdown, it won Scarborough Wine Co an Innovation award at 2021 Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Awards. You can choose from three different experiences – Offshoot, Classic or The Obsessive . Each tasting pack includes 100ml bottle of all the current release wines in chosen range, a tasting mat and tasting note to help guide through wines, and an opportunity to book a zoom tutored tasting with one of the Scarborough Cellar Door Staff. You can also enjoy free shipping for limited time.
- Website: scarboroughwine.com.au
- Cost: from $40
Handpicked Wines believes (like many of us) that wine is now even more essential than ever. They have hundreds of styles, varieties of grapes and wine producers, and understand just how hard it can be to choose the right wine for your tastes. That’s why they offer virtual wine tastings to help you out. When you spend more than $250 on wine online, they offer you a complimentary 25 minute private virtual wine class with one of their experts. You can also offer this as a gift to a loved one, which is the perfect option when you can’t be with them on a special day.
- Website: handpickedwines.com.au
- Cost: Spend $250 on wine and get a free 25 minute private virtual wine class
Cellardoor Wine Tours
Taste 6 premium wines with a South Australian winemaker from the comfort of your own home via an online, interactive wine tasting session. Join a fun and educational wine tasting experience interacting with some of our favourite winemakers, whilst tasting premium wines, from the comfort of your home!
- Website: cellardoorwinetours.com.au
- Cost: $89 for 2 people (includes six 100ml bottles with 2 premium crystal stemless glasses)
Book a Private Virtual Wine Tasting with Whispering Brook, located in the Hunter Valley. Wine specialists will guide you through the experience, including a discussion about the wine region, Whispering Brook’s history and the winemaking process. They provide tasting notes that help you complete the experience in the comfort of your home. Whispering Brooke offer a number of different packages, from the Influence of Varietal Tasting starting at $100 per person to the Red Wine Guided Tour for $259 per person.
- Website: whispering-brook.com
- Cost: from $100
To keep you entertained through lockdown, Printhie Wines (with a cellar door in the Orange region) offers a live stream with some ‘witty banter’ on chosen Fridays at 4pm (check their website for details). They chat about their recent wines, progress on their new cellar door and their restaurant. All you have to do is grab your favourite wine (can order some online from them) and settle in for some fun.
- Website: facebook.com/PrinthieWines/
- When: 4pm Fridays
- Cost: Free
The recorded tastings work a little differently. You simply purchase the wine’s being tasted, then you can watch back the video at a time that suits you, for some expert notes to help you enjoy what you’re drinking.
Sophie and Rajarshi have been at Silos Estate in Berry since 2007 and brought a new lease of life to the property. They have expanded the cellar door and released a number of new labels.
Cambewarra Estate Winery lies at the foothills of the majestic Cambewarra Mountain in the Shoalhaven Coast wine region. They are a second generation family run winery and we offer a diverse range of premium, award winning wines, with something to suit everyone.
Cupitt’s Estate on NSW’s South Coast in Mollymook was established in 2007 after the vineyard that was first planted in 2003 provided enough fruit for their first vintage. Their winemaker at the time brought French and Italian inspiration, and her award-winning wine making formed the foundation for the winery today.
Two Figs Winery
Two Figs Winery was established in 2003 by Shayne and Alison Bricker, earning its name from two Moreton Bay Fig trees found on the property. They are a small boutique winery that produces about 5000 cases of premium. hand-crafted wines each year.
Coolangatta Estate is one of the South Coast’s most awarded wineries, which is focused on strong-bodied red wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat and Chambourcin. With their 30 year partnership with winemakers’ Tyrrell’s Winery in the Hunter Valley NSW, the family-owned Coolangatta Estate has grown to become the largest wine producer in the Shoalhaven and the most awarded winery on the South Coast of NSW.
Gartelmann Wines in the Hunter Valley was founded by Jan and Jorg Gartelmann in 1996. Since those early days, they are now winning awards and accolades for their wines, with a selection of the best fruit from a range of regional growers. At Gartelmann Wines, you can choose from sparkling, white, red and fortified virtual wine tastings. You simply pick the wines you want to try and then head to their pre-recorded videos to enjoy some tasting notes along the way.