Taste of the Highlands: Pinot Masterclass and Gourmet Lunch with Wine Pairings

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Australia, New South Wales, Sydney

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  • 8 hours
  • Sydney
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable


Escape from the city for a leisurely day of tasting estate grown wines and fine dining in the bucolic countryside of the Southern Highlands.

This leisurely day of wining and dining in the country begins with a scenic drive from Sydney Harbour to the Southern Highlands, just 90 minutes outside the city.

On arrival at Centennial Vineyards it’s back to school with a Pinot Masterclass showcasing the premier grape variety of this cool-climate region. Hosted by a resident Centennial Vineyards oenophile learn about the various Pinot mutations used to make their sparklings, whites, rosés and reds while tasting flights of estate-grown wines accompanied by matching morsels.

Continuing the focus on local produce, experience fine dining Southern Highlands style at chef-hatted restaurant eschalot. Owner and head chef Matty Roberts leads you through the garden where he picks the freshest of fresh ingredients to prepare the three course lunch you are about to savour. Complementing Matty’s skill in the kitchen, owner and maître d’ Cass Wallace selects a local wine to match each course.

After lunch enjoy a wander around the charming Georgian village of Berrima. Browse the quaint shops along the leafy main street – look out for tea, chocolate, locally-made preserves and arts and crafts – and admire the colonial sandstone buildings.

Sample Menu

• Note: Menu changes daily to reflect the freshest, seasonal produce.
• Crispy skin pork belly - With cauliflower puree & watercress oil.
Paired with Rotherwood Pinot Grigio 2016.
• Lavender smoked duck breast - With kohlrabi kimchi, panisses, burnt honey & jupiter turnip.
Paired with Artemis Pinot Noir 2017.
• Lemon curd tart - With caramelised pineapple, meringue & lemon balm ice-cream.
Paired with Cherry Tree Hill 'Maya' Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2013.

  • Lunch - Three course lunch at a chef-hatted restaurant.
  • Snacks - A variety of food samples to pair the wines tasted during the Pinot Masterclass.
  • Alcoholic Beverages - Wine flights during the Pinot Masterclass. Wines paired with each course at lunch.
  • Pinot Masterclass
  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Departure Point

30 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


8 hours

Package is not cancellable.

User's Reviews

Maureen F

21 Nov, 2021

My second experience of the Taste of the Southern Highlands tour. The whole trip is perfect - the host, vehicle, distance and location, the winery and the restaurant. The wine tasting is a joy, and a learning experience made so enjoyable and fun. The restaurant garden, dining room and food (plus service) is exceptional - truly a gastronomic delight. Always great company too. To indulge yourself at excellent value overall - the tour is a must.


20 Nov, 2021

Wonderful day trip from Sydney. Steve was a great leader, friendly, personable and with a lot of knowledge on the local area. Punctual and well timed tour but we never felt rushed. Staff at Centennial Vineyards and Eschalot Restaurant were very friendly and knowledgeable. Food and wines were excellent. Highly recommend this tour for a gourmet escape from the city.


07 Nov, 2020

Great day out excellent guide company wines food : worth another day with others to enjoy : leisurely too


10 Aug, 2020

Amazing experience at the wineyard. The setting is perfect for an excellent wine tasting with explanations. I learned so much and enjoyed a delicious lunch afterwards. Plus our guide was good fun and very knowledgeable. I couldn't have asked for more. Highly recommended!


21 Jul, 2020

I did the tour with a group of friends and we were all commenting what a fantastic surprise we had with the whole experience! Both, the winery and the restaurant had an amazing atmosphere and the products were superv. The wine masterclass was really fun and catered to all palate and previous knowledge. We enjoyed it so much we ended up buying heaps of wine! We also had time to explore a town called Berrima which offered the perfect end to a fantastic tour: a little place with lots of local shops and cafes. Special call out to the guide, Steve, which made every minute a wonderful experience, thanks!

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