Following the good advice of our host at 'Backpackers by the Beach', we splashed out ($55 each) on a one-day tour of the Hunter Valley Wine Region. With hindsight this was definitely a better option than trying to do it independently, especially in one day. We joined a tour on a Friday, the day before expected hordes of weekenders from Sydney. Having the luxury of being able to compare this experience to our honeymoon in the Champagne region, we lapped up numerous samples, and presumably a cover charge was included in our tour price. In one winery we supped 16 samples.