Pinot Masterclass, Taste of the Highlands one day tour from Sydney - Local Travel Planner

Taste of the Highlands

A day of wine and country-style fine dining!

Fri-Sun 8.30am-4.30pm
from $315


Taste of the Highlands - Tasting sparkling wine flights at Centennial Vineyards with Local Travel Planner

Sparkling Flights

As a cool-climate wine region, the Southern Highlands is ideal for growing the grapes typically used to make sparkling wines. Did you know champagne is made from the Pinot family of grapes? Sip and learn!

Fresh produce from Eschalot restaurant garden with head chef Matty Roberts - Taste of the Highlands gourmet food and wine tour from Sydney

Meet the chef

Join eschalot owner and head chef Matty Roberts to pick ingredients fresh from the garden for your gourmet three-course lunch. Yes, of course that includes dessert!

Lunch at hatted restaurant Eschalot - Taste of the Highlands gourmet food and wine tour from Sydney

Gourmet long lunch

Savour a meal created using the freshest ingredients of the day. Each course is matched with a local wine selected by owner and maître d’ Cass Wallace.


  • Sparkling wine flights at Centennial Vineyards
  • Tour of eschalot restaurant garden
  • Three course chef-choice lunch paired with local wines
  • Return air-conditioned minibus transport from Circular Quay*
  • Friendly, knowledgeable guide

* Alternate pickup location can be arranged for private tours. Contact us for a quote.


Indulge in the wonderful local produce of the Southern Highlands and meet the people that bring it to the glass and plate.

Ease into this day of leisure and laid-back country pleasure with a scenic drive from the edge of Sydney Harbour to the rolling hills of the Southern Highlands. Take the time to kick back, relax and start warming up those taste buds!

On arrival at Centennial Vineyards it’s time to stimulate your senses with bubbles that showcase the grape varieties of Sydney’s closest wine region. Guided by a resident oenophile from this cool-climate boutique winery, you’ll embark on a progressive tasting journey through flights of sparkling white, rosé and red wines – all made using estate-grown grapes. Cheers!

Continuing the focus on local produce, you’ll experience fine dining Southern Highlands-style at chef-hatted restaurant eschalot. Owner and head chef Matty Roberts will lead you through the garden surrounding the restaurant where he will pick the freshest of fresh ingredients to prepare the gourmet meal you are about to savour. Complementing Matty’s skill in the kitchen, owner and maître d’ Cass Wallace will select a local wine to match each of the three courses.

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.

Then it’s time for a little more relaxation on the trip back in to the city. Siesta optional.

Need to know

Guest requirements  Participants must be 18 years or older. It doesn’t matter how much older :-)

Meeting point  Outside the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, 30 Pitt St, Sydney. It is a 2 minute walk from Circular Quay light rail, train, bus and ferry terminals, and a 5 to 20 minute walk from most central Sydney hotels. Please be ready 10 minutes prior.

What to bring  Sunscreen, hat & reusable water bottle. Warm clothing in layers during the cooler months of May to October.

Group size  Minimum 4. Maximum 11.

Private option  Pay for a minimum of six guests to make your Taste of the Highlands tour private. Contact us to check availability and to book.


…we not only tasted some of the most exquisite wines and food the region has to offer, but learned from people working hard behind the scene.

We highly recommend Taste of the Highlands to anyone looking to enjoy a fantastic meal, to taste and learn about the local wines, and to see the Southern Highlands in style.

This tour really speaks local and the Southern Highlands are just beautiful. I loved every minute and I can’t recommend this tour highly enough!

If you have 1 day off in Sydney and you like food and wine, this experience will be perfect for you. The food and wines are fantastic.

I went on this tour with a bunch of friend, and what a surprise for us all this day was! … A must do tour for a truly unique and different day out and conveniently close to Sydney!

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!

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!

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

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