Fabulous Ladies Hunter Valley Luxe Getaway 2022

 15 – 18 September 2022

Update 3/6/2022: Two places left!

 Enjoy 3 days and nights of VIP wine experiences, luxury accommodation, fine dining and sightseeing with the Hunter Valley’s most fabulous women in wine. This luxury getaway has you wining and dining with the very best the Hunter has to offer…and is led by Jane Thomson, Founder of The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society.

In partnership with Travelling Divas

Do you deserve a long, indulgent and totally luxurious weekend wining and dining in the NSW Hunter Valley? Yep? Thought so! Which is why we’ve created this very special tour.

 

Two hours from Sydney, and just a stone’s throw from Newcastle, is Australia’s original wine region – the NSW Hunter Valley. And right now it’s as exciting as ever. We’ve planned the ultimate three day weekend of VIP fabulous wine (and food!) experiences with some of the most amazing women of the region. Oh, and did we mention we’re basing ourselves at the divine Spicers Guest House?

On opening night we will enojoy a gourmet private wine dinner at one of the Hunter’s best restaurants, eRemo, where we’ll enjoy an “Introduction to the Hunter” hosted by Cathy Gadd, recently Secretary of the Hunter Valley Sommeliers Association. Once our palates are set and ready, we’ll then head out across the weekend to meet and sip with…

  • Sally Scarborough from Scarborough Wines
  • Kate Sturgess from Brokenwood
  • Renee Burton from Wild Wren
  • Jodie Belleville from Hart & Hunter
  • Liz Silkman (Jackon) Silkman Wines & First Creek
  • Karin Adcock from Winmark Wines

All of them have made themselves personally available just for YOU! These phenomenal women are soooooo busy, their diaries are crammed. But, we’ve pinned them down altogether for one weekend this September.

Get ready for personal meet-and-greets and guided tastings by these incredible women of wine at their own cellar door, access to rare and hard to find wines from their portfolio, plus a few other tasty surprises and more. And between all that wine we’ve got some glorious dining and sightseeing happening too!

Limited to just 12 guests, this fabulous tour includes all your accommodation, private transport (including transfers from Newcastle airport for those arriving from interstate), cellar door visits, special VIP tastings, entry fees, and every meal – and all the incredible wines – across the whole weekend! So, there’s nothing you’ll need to do. Except to decide which glass of wine to have next… 

You’ll be experiencing exclusive cellar door and vineyard tastings like no other, personally hosted by the most fabulous women of wine in the Hunter Valley. We’ve curated a mix of boutique cellar doors, show stopping wineries, luxury accommodation and top level restaurant dining to tempt your tastebuds all weekend long.

Each day is full of exceptional experiences and special surprises you cannot find anywhere else. All thanks to the very special relationships we have developed working with women in wine in Australia, and around the world, over the last 10 years.

GETTING THERE:

Sydneysiders – or those close to the Hunter Valley – please make your own way to Spicers Guest House for the start of the tour. (Once there, all private transport on the tour is provided throughout your stay). Those coming from afar, there will be a group transfer to Spicers departing from Newcastle Airport at 4pm on the 15th, and delivering you back to Newcastle Airport by 2.30pm on the 18th for onward connections home. Both Qantas and Virgin offer flights to Newcastle. If you need assistance with flight details our travel partner Travelling Divas can help you!

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change without notice. A final schedule will be sent to you approximately one month before departure.

THURSDAY 15: WELCOME TO THE HUNTER VALLEY AND THE START OF YOUR luxury long weekend

Those flying into Newcastle Airport will be collected for a group transfer at 4pm today.  Those making their own way – we will see you there!

Arrive at Spicers Guesthouse, settle in, relax, maybe take a wander around the gorgeous grounds. Then it’s time for a gorgeous welcome dinner in a private dining room at one of the Hunter’s top restaurants, eRemo (situated inside Spicers) hosted by Cathy Gadd, Secretary of the Hunter Valley Sommeliers Association. You will enjoy a fabulous and exclusive start to your Luxury Wine Getaway and a comprehensive introduction to the region’s exquisite offerings.

Overnight accommodation: Spicers Guesthouse
Meals: Dinner

FRIDAY 16: WINE ADVENTURES GALORE

After breakfast this morning, you will join your fellow wine lovers and transfer to your first, fabulous wine day in the Hunter.

First stop is Scarborough Wines, where you meet Sally Scarborough, at her family’s exquisite cellar door – voted best cellar door experience in 2021. Sally will take us through a special, private tasting of some of her best drops.

Then to Brokenwood, where you will meet the incredible Kate Sturgess, winemaker and all round gorgeous woman.  You will enjoy a fabulous winery experience including a private lunch with matching wines in their stunning restaurant – all hosted by Kate –  that will continue what is an already great day.

Time to head back to Spicers for some relaxation, and to enjoy a little lie down or a G&T at the bar. The grounds of the hotel are gorgeous, so if you feel like doing so take time to explore your surrounds.

This evening, we are away to Wild Wren, for a casual night of gourmet bites and more wine. Hosted by the divine Renee Burton, she will share her stories and educate you in her delightful wines. Renee is doing exciting things in a traditional region like the Hunter.

Back to the hotel for a great night’s sleep after a gorgeous day and to get ready for tomorrow!!

Overnight accommodation: Spicers Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Wine Tastings

SATURDAY 17: More FABULOUS WINES, GORGEOUS DINING AND SO MUCH MORE

Today more shenanigans as you spend time with more of these incredible women in wine and the magic they create.

Post breakfast we will depart for a special wine tasting at Hart & Hunter, to meet the talented Jodie Belleville. Enjoy a delicious tasting and the opportunity for some on-on-one time with this knowledgable lady who is one of the exciting up and comers in the Hunter.

Next stop is the Winehouse, and a delicious light lunch hosted by Liz Silkman, of Silkman Wines. She is a multi-award winning winemaker and Chief Winemaker for both First Creek and Silkman wines and is not called the Chardonnay Queen for nothing!

It is then time for a divine dinner this evening in top chef-hatted restaurant, Muse. Enjoy a delectable dinner, delicious matched wines and the time and space to unwind, kick back and relax.

To bed you go and tomorrow our final morning in this beautiful part of the world.

Overnight accommodation: Spicers Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Wine Tastings

DAY 4 – SUNDAY 03: A MORNING OF FINAL FABULOUS WINE AND TIME TO GO

This morning indulge in a light brekky as it is then time to check out, depart and arrive at Winmark for our last fabulous wine experience with Karin Adcock, fabulous woman, founder, co-owner and more – she is a dynamo. A exquisite and long Sunday brunch, wine tasting and an art & sculpture walk (in one of the most spectacular wine settings) creating a perfect end to a great escape.

We will finish here and then transfer directly to Newcastle Airport via Spicers Guesthouse for those, arriving by 3 pm at the latest. So flights are safe from 3.45 onwards!

Overnight accommodation: Spicers Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Wine Tastings

Tour Price: AUD$2345 per person on a twin share basis. AUD$745 single share additional supplement.

Tour Dates: 15 – 18 September 2022

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Fully escorted by Jane Thomson
  • 3 night’s luxury 5-star accommodation, Spicers Guesthouse
  • Breakfast daily
  • All meals inclusive of wine (except breakfast…you get the breakfast part but it’s not with wine!)
  • Exclusive welcome dinner with a fabulous woman of the region
  • Private, invitation only wine experiences, wining & dining with our fabulous women-in-wine as detailed in the itinerary.
  • All winery fees & extras associated with cellar door entry
  • Private transport throughout including group airport transfers on arrival and departure (if required)
  • All COVID safe practices throughout

NOT INCLUDED:

Airfares and departure taxes; transfers unless stated in the itinerary; items of a personal nature; phone calls; passport and visas; laundry or tips. Personal transport; excess baggage; security and government taxes; travel insurance. Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary; additional beverages (unless specifically described). Optional excursions or activities that may be offered but are not included in the tour price. Spa treatments and any items not specified. Any changes you choose to make during your holiday.

For this truly fabulous experience you will be personally hosted by Jane Thomson, Founder and CEO of The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society & the Australian Women in Wine Awards.

Enjoy a long weekend of luxury in the Hunter this September

Book now to secure your place. Only 12 guests maximum.

PLEASE NOTE: To complete your booking just click on the ‘Book Now’ button above and you will be taken to the Travelling Diva’s website. You will then need to complete and submit the official booking form. Travelling Diva’s are our partners in fabulous wine travel and adventures for women.